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GREY, Albert Henry George, 4th earl.

Hubert Hervey, Student and Imperialist.

A Memoir.

Published: London: Edward Arnold, 1899

Stock code: 103872

Price: £150

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First edition. Attractively produced memorial volume of Hervey who died during the Matabele War in the service of the British South Africa Company of which the author, Earl Grey, “an idealistic imperialist” (ODNB), was lifetime director. Bookplate of Major-General John Ponsonby, Coldstream Guards, who served in Uganda in 1898, and during the Boer War, whose experiences of Hervey are reported at pp.87-8; “We met very often during this time, riding together on the veldt, often in the worst of weather, but I never heard him utter one word of complaint; though, serving as an ordinary trooper, he had a far harder time than myself or his other friends, who were serving as officers. He suffered, I know, for several days from high fever, but never went sick, and managed to overcome it, when others would certainly have given way”. He also reports on a meeting between Hervey and Cecil Rhodes at Buluwayo, “I happened to be present at this interview, and could see what pleasure it afforded Hervey to think that in any way his services should be recognised”. A pleasing association copy.

Quarto. Original japon-backed grey moiré boards, Matabeleland medal gilt to the front board, family arms to the lower, top edge gilt, the others uncut. Photogravure portrait frontispiece and one other similar plate, two half-tone plates, folding coloured map at the rear. A little rubbed and soiled, endpapers browned, some foxing to the fore-edge, light toning to the text, a very good copy.

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