BLACKBURN, Douglas & Captain W. Waithman Caddell.
Secret Service in South Africa.
First edition. “The phrase “secret service” is intended to cover those comprehensive acts and aspects of policy which for reasons political or commercial, legitimate or otherwise, were enacted purposely below the surface and out of the public ken. Of such are the questionable methods of recruiting native labour, the abnormal State-aided precautions for the protection of the gold and diamond industries, and the secret native policy – each pregnant factors in South African government that have no counterpart in other countries” (Foreword). Blackburn was document and cipher expert to the Transvaal Republic, and has been described by his biographer as “the great chronicler of the last days of the Boer republic” (Gray, Free-lancers and Literary Biography in South Africa).
Octavo. Original brown cloth, title gilt to spine and upper board. A little rubbed, corners bumped, small bruise with associated split at head of the upper board, light toning, overall a very good copy.
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