Boer War Memories. Personal Experiences ... on the Early Stages of the Boer War, 1899-1900
Melbourne, Wilke [for the Author], 1935 (second, revised and enlarged, edition)/ 1935.
Octavo, 56 pages plus 2 pages of plates.
Cloth; a fine copy.
Inscribed and signed in January 1936 by the author to Sir Edward Cunningham (1859-1957), for many years editor of The Argus, and 'one of the best known and most highly respected figures in Australian journalism' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed from the author to Cunningham, dated October 1935, relating to errors in the first edition. A number of self-adhesive slips with further additions and corrections to the second edition are loosely inserted. The prelude states: 'Many years ago, when I was in the British Royal Army Medical Corps, I was asked to write a record of my experiences at Dundee, where I was officially ordered to remain to look after the dangerously wounded officers and men, and thus I fell under the control of the Boer Forces'. Having recently turned 80, he felt it time to finally put pen to paper. One of the enclosures describes it as 'a faint and pleasant echo of times that were deemed stirring in their day'. Not in Dornbusch; Fielding and O'Neill, page 132; not in Hackett.