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FARRER, James Anson.

Zululand and the Zulus:

Their History, Beliefs, Customs, Military System, Home Life, Legends, etc., etc., and Missions to them. Third Edition.

Published: London: Kerby & Endean, 1879

Stock code: 51735

Price: £750

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One of four editions published in 1879, none subsequently. A work of compilation, but an extremely timely one in a handy format which would have placed it in the pockets of many officers travelling out to Natal. “‘This little volume was published during the war with the Zulus under Cetywayo, and gives a résumé of the history of the country from the time of Chaka.” (Mendelssohn) It is a reference work, and is fragile, and consequently decidedly uncommon. Farrer was a miscellaneous author who wrote a biography of Adam Smith; studies of literary forgeries and of censorship; but is probably best known for his contribution to the development of a more scientific approach to the study of folklore.

Duodecimo. Original orange printed paper-covered boards. Somewhat rubbed, and rounded at the corners, joints slightly cracked, light browning, contemporary ownership/gift inscription to the title page, owner’s ink-stamp to the half-title, Munger Africana Library blind stamp to the title page, but overall very good.

Bibliography: Mendelssohn I, p. 536; Hosken, p. 69.

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