Briton or Boer. New Map, Second Edition, compiled from best available Sources, carefully revised by Wood & Ortlepp, Cape Town & Johannesburg. February 1900 ... Compilers to Her Majesty's Forces in South Africa [Briton or Boer. Special Map of the Boer Republics compiled and published by Wood & Ortlepp, Johannesburg & Cape Town, December 1899 (cover title)]
Cape Town, Wood and Ortlepp (with the imprint 'Argus Co., Cape Town. 3140' in the bottom right-hand corner outside the printed border), February 1900 (second edition)/ December 1899.
A four-colour map of the Boer republics with 8 inset maps of their principal cities (printed surface 585 x 968 mm), cut into 20 panels and mounted on linen, folding down to 245 x 120 mm and mounted on the inside rear surface of flush-cut limp cloth covers (as issued).
Covers a little worn and marked, with minor damage to the outside rear one, and a small water-stain near the front top corner; linen backing a little foxed, with trifling impact on the map; minimal conservation to the paper backing on the cloth inner hinge; overall a very decent copy.
The ownership details of Captain Henry Esmonde Dowse of the [British] Royal Army Medical Corps are written in indelible pencil on the inside front cover and on two cloth panels. Just three months after the map was published, Dowse 'died of enteric fever at Bloemfontein on May 5th , aged 32. He joined the department as Surgeon-Captain, January 31st, I891, and served with the Chitral Relief Force in 1895, receiving the Frontier medal with clasp. He went to South Africa in October last' (British Medical Journal, 19 May 1900).