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Africana - Rhodesiania Silver Series~Southern Africa~~~12050~12051~~
Rhodesiana Reprint Library - Second (Silver) Series~The second series of the Rhodesiana Reprint Library - also entitled the "Silver Series" - comprises 24 volumes, most of which are facsimile re-productions of rare and out-of-print works on the pioneering and growth of Rhodesia. The books may be regarded as pieces in a jig-saw puzzle: each deals with a specific subject - exploration, transport, war, politics, archaeology, hunting and so forth - and, when the pieces are fitted together, they form a comprehensive and fascinating picture of Rhodesia's (now Zimbabwe) past.
Of uniform size, each reprint in the standard edition is case-bound (hard backed) and presented in a specially designed, colourfull dust jacket bearing the family identity of the Series. There is also a fully leather-bound edition that was limited to 100 copies. Many of the volumes contain illustrative and textual material additional to the original.
Notes~All these books as reprinted for the Rhodesiana Reprint Library 'Silver Series' (24 volumes) by 'Books of Rhodesia' (Now 'Books of Zimbabwe') are currently out of print. However we may have, from time to time, good quality second hand copies available for you. If you wish to purchase Silver Series copies, as a set, let us know.
Three Years with Lobengula - J. Cooper-Chadwick~Three Years with Lobengula is an entertainingly readable account of the personal experiences of one of those 'little men' who helped prepare the ground for white settlement north of the Limpopo river in the late 1880s. The first part of the book covers the four years, between 1884 and 1888, that the author spent in South Africa, first as a soldier and later as an unsuccessful businessman.
John Cooper-Chadwick writes simply and with modesty about his life in the ranks - initially as a member of Methuen's Horse and then as one of Carrington's Bechuanaland Border Policemen, of the bustling, booming South African Rand and of the ways of prospectors and miners, surveyors, builders and speculators. In Johannesburg, Cooper-Chadwick recalls, there were 'good openings for anyone with a trade or profession'. He had neither, and most of his ventures came to nothing. Finally, faced with the dreary prospect of becoming a barman or a billiard marker, he turned his eyes northward, to King Lobengula's Matabeleland, reputed repository of unlimited gold. He mounted an expedition to the Ndebele kingdom in August 1888, and arrived there to find that 'the idea was not original' - Bulawayo, the Ndebele capital, was swarming with concession -seekers. Thereafter, the major portion of Three Years with Lobengula is taken up with descriptions of the Ndebele, their military and social organization, their customs and the character of their king ('his features were coarse, and exhibited great cunning and cruelty. . .' but he was 'by far the most intelligent in the nation'), their feasts and ceremonies, and of the competitive maneuverings of the rival white supplicants.
Cooper-ChadwIck's is one of the best accounts of the tensions at Bulawayo and Umvutchwa in the winter of 1890 - tensions which could have erupted into open warfare when, in midyear, the Pioneer Column entered Mashonaland. Three Years with Lobengula is a work which will be welcomed both by the serious student of African history and by the interested layman.~~Volume 1|9135|~12050~12163~~
The '96 Rebellions - The British South Africa Company Reports~In 1896 - six years after Cecil Rhodes's British South Africa Company had occupied Mashonaland and three years after its military conquest of Matabeleland - rebellion erupted in Rhodesia and the small white communities retired into laager. The hostilities were bloody and protracted; many lives were lost on both sides. The following year the rebels, outmaneuvered and out-gunned (although not out-numbered), conceded defeat.
Rhodes personally negotiated peace with the Ndebele chiefs at the famous Matopos Indabas of 1897, and in due course, less spectacularly but just as conclusively, Mashonaland was also restored to normality. The Company, already embarrassed by the abortive Jameson Raid and by its failure to locate the promised El dorado north of the Limpopo, was obliged to explain this latest and most devastating setback to its plans for the orderly development of the new territory. This it did in its Reports on the Native Disturbances in Rhodesia, 1896-97, compiled by Earl Grey and Hugh Marshall Hole (see back flap) and issued to shareholders in March, 1898. The Reports, published here in facsimile and re-titled The '96 Rebellions, were somewhat hurriedly put together and they tell only the Company's side of the story. Inevitably, therefore, they are neither comprehensive nor wholly accurate.
Nevertheless, because much of the text is devoted to first-hand accounts of the fighting, of patrols, escapes and rescues, they have that flavor of drama and immediacy which a later and more considered analysis could not have captured. And, as Dr Beach says in his outstanding Foreword to the reprint edition, they still give us the best single volume on the military aspects of the uprisings. In addition to Dr Beach's Foreword, this edition carries a new Publishers' Introduction and a wealth of eye-catching illustrations, including some which have not previously been published.~~Volume 2|9136|~12050~12183~~
Rhodesia of Today 1894 - E.F. Knight~E F. KNIGHT, a noted Victorian military correspondent, was sent by The Times of London to cover the campaign which Cecil Rhodes's settlers were mounting against the Ndebele nation in south-western Rhodesia.
In the event, the conquest of Matabeleland was swift and conclusive, and Bulawayo fell several weeks before his arrival in January of 1894.
Knight remained in Rhodesia for the next seven months, touring the young country and reporting on its development and likely prospects. His articles were later edited and published in book form under the title of Rhodesia of Today. The object of this slender volume about Rhodes's most ambitious colonial venture is clearly stated in the author's Preface. "
On my return to the Cape Colony and England,
" Knight writes, "
I met numbers of people who were anxious to learn from me all they could concerning the region I had left; among these were miners from California and Australia, traders, farmers, artisans, men of all degrees and conditions who were being attracted to South Africa by the Matabeleland boom. . . I (had) entered the country by way of Tati and Bulawayo, and, after having wandered some twelve hundred miles throughout its length and breadth, went out by Manica and Beira. I was thus enabled to gain a fair knowledge of this the first occupied and first to be developed portion of the vast territories which are within the sphere of the British South Africa Company's operations
Knight's observations - on the Company's administration; on African labor and European immigration; on mining and land - tend to be somewhat superficial and partisan. Nevertheless, his account of the embryo colony provides a fascinating insight into the hopes and aspirations which inspired - and the delusions which beset - the first white Rhodesians. Dr Murray Steele, in his lucid Foreword to the reprint edition, places Knight's comments into perspective. New material added to the original book includes several pages of excellent illustrations.~~Volume 3|9137|~12050~12184~~
Scouting on Two Continents - F. R. Burnham~Few autobiographies tell so gripping a story as Frederick Russell Burnham's Scouting on Two Continents. The author was an American who, after spending his early years in the tough pioneering communities of the West, heard and obeyed the call of Africa. He had a fluent pen, a flair for the sensational and the ability to involve himself, directly and intimately, in dramatic events. Burnham writes racily of his youth and early manhood in the American outdoors, and thereafter devotes most of the book to his experiences as a Scout (and later as Lord Roberts' Chief of Scouts) in the Matabele War of 1893, the Matabele Rebellion of 1896 and in the Anglo-Boer War.
The author was one of only three men to survive the massacre of the Allan Wilson Party on the banks of the Shangani river in December 1893. During the Matabele Rebellion, which broke out three years later, he was allegedly responsible for the shooting of the M'limo (the Kalangan deity - a powerful emotional influence on the rebels), claiming afterwards that by this action he had done Rhodesians a stupendous service by exploding the myth of the cave and destroying the M'limo's power'. His part in both these incidents has been the subject of differing interpretation and lively controversy for the past eighty years.
Mr Peter Emmerson, of the National Archives of Rhodesia, discusses the Shangani and M'limo affairs in detail in his outstanding Foreword to the reprint edition, concluding that, at the very least, Burnham is prone to exaggeration and 'self-promotion' in his reminiscences. But whether or not Scouting on Two Continents is good history, it is certainly an exciting story. Said Rider Haggard of the author: '
In real life he is more interesting than any of my heroes of romances.
' Theodore Roosevelt read the book 'with enthralled interest'. ~~Volume 4|9138|~12050~12185~~
Next Year will be Better - Hylda Richards~Next Year Will Be Better is a simply written, moving narrative of country life in Rhodesia during the 1930s and 1940s. For the average farmer, these were precarious times: tobacco had not yet become the golden crop, prices were low, profits often nonexistent, and those who managed to stay on the land did so because they had courage, resilience and that cheerful brand of optimism which is the very essence of pioneering enterprise.
In this book, Hylda Richards tells the story of one family's struggle to survive the locust years of Depression and, later, to make a success of their farm when the worst of the recession had passed. Next Year Will Be Better enjoyed instant success when it first appeared in 1952, and has since achieved the status of a minor classic.
This volume - fifth in the Rhodesiana Reprint Library, Silver Series - is a facsimile reproduction of the original with the addition of a lucid and comprehensive foreword by Dr Murray Steele of the University of Rhodesia, and of a 30-page section devoted to the author's verse. Published under the pen-name of 'T', Hylda Richard's poems were a permanent and much-loved feature of the Rhodesian before and during the Second World War. The section is enhanced by some delightful drawings by Rose Martin. ~~Volume 5|9139|~12050~12186~~
Many Treks Made Rhodesia - SP Oliver~Many Treks Made Rhodesia is the story of the occupation and settlement of eastern Rhodesia. The Anglo-Portuguese treaty of 1891 had given North Gazaland (the Melsetter-Chipinga district) to Britain, although the boundaries remained ill-defined. It was to secure this area against the Portuguese that Dunbar Moodie, a tough and uncompromising South African of Scots extraction, determined to organize a trek of Free Staters and, as he characteristically put it, 'make possession nine points of the law and be damned'. In this he was helped by his second cousin, Tom, and supported by Cecil Rhodes.
The migration which followed was in a tradition that stretched back to before the Great Trek itself. Tom Moodie blazed the trail and the Boers of the Orange Free State, inspired by his example and driven by land hunger, came close behind. In this book, S. P. Olivier describes the Gazaland treks in detail, and in doing so paints a vivid picture of the trekkers themselves, their courage and resilience, and the admirable way in which they faced, and overcame, enormous odds in their search for a new home.
Many Treks Made Rhodesia was originally published, in Afrikaans, in 1943 under the title of Die Pioniertrekke na Gazaland. It was translated, slightly revised and reissued in 1957 in an English edition, here reprinted in facsimile. This edition, Vol 6 in the Rhodesiana Reprint Library's Silver Series, incorporates an informative new Foreword by Dr Philip Warhurst of the University of Rhodesia, a new Author's Preface, an index and additional illustrations.~~Volume 6|9140|~12050~12187~~
Notes on South African Hunting - A.J. Bethell~
NOTES on South African Hunting
is the entertaining account of a young English soldier's journey to the Victoria Falls in 1886. Originally published as a short series of articles in The Field magazine, the book also includes the author's impressions of early Kimberley. his views on the techniques of. and the opportunities for, big game hunting in southern Africa of the 1880s, and his recipe for survival in the still largely unexplored 'Far Interior'.
Relatively few travelers - perhaps not more than fifty - had preceded Alfred Bethell to the Falls during the thirty years since their discovery by David Livingstone. His expedition. therefore. contained elements of both novelty and danger. In fact, it almost ended in disaster: ill-prepared and provisioned for the journey. Bethell chose to take the older road from Shoshong to the Zambesi (rather than the Pandamatenga track cut by trader George Westtbeech) and, badly guided, nearly died from lack of water. According to Vanity Fair of July 1895. he '
Lived on locusts and wild honey for many days, killed his horses with thirst and managed to get back just before his companion died
This small work is one of the earliest practical guides to game hunting in Africa. ~~Volume 7|9141|~12050~12188~~
Old Rhodesian Days - Hugh Marshal Hole~IN two of his other books, for which he is probably better known,
The Making of Rhodesia
The Jameson Raid
, Hugh Marshall Hole wrote about the big names involved in the colonization of Rhodesia. But the real brunt of the Pioneers' burden fell not so much on the leaders as on the people they led, the men and women who had to earn a living and keep the wheels turning no matter what the difficulties.
It is these Rhodesians of the country's first decade whom Marshall Hole portrays in this delightful book. He does so with a kindly understanding of their foibles and weaknesses, but also with respect for their quiet courage and steadfastness, and with a ready appreciation of their sense of humor, of which there are a number of splendid examples. The major events of those first ten years were the Matabele War, the Jameson Raid, the Mashona Rebellion - have their place in the story because they exerted so profound an influence on the lives of the settler community, but it is primarily with the ordinary men and women that Marshall Hole is concerned in Old Rhodesian Days. The book was written more than twenty years after the close of the Pioneer decade, and his nostalgia for those carefree days, when the Rhodesian society was young and imbued with the spirit of adventure and achievement, comes through with poignant clarity. Marshall Hole was a fortunate man to have such memories to record, and the modern reader is now fortunate in being able to share them.
The dust jacket illustration is a reproduction of a drawing by Melton Prior entitled THE MATABILI INSURRECTION - Mangwe post station and laager on the road to Bulawayo, originally drawn for the Illustrated London News and published on 30th May, 1896. ~~Volume 8|9142|~12050~12189~~
Raiders and Rebels in South Africa - E. Goodwin Green~TWO of the most dramatic events in southern Africa in the middle 1890s were the Jameson Raid at the end of December 1895, and the outbreak of the Matabele and Mashona Rebellions in 1896.
It was given to few people to be associated in a civilian capacity with both crises, but one such person was Elsa Goodwin Green. As a trained nurse she comforted those of Dr. Jameson's young Raiders who found themselves in Krugersdorp hospital after the debacle of Doornkop, and she later served in a similar role in Rhodesia, at both Umtali and Salisbury, during the Mashona uprising. Interested in all that went on around her, she graphically describes the major campaigns in Mashonaland, the defeat and death of Makoni, the episode of the Mazoe Patrol and actions in the Hartley district.
Elsa Green was an acute observer, an artist with the pencil as well as with the pen, and in
Raiders and Rebels in South Africa
she provides the modern reader with an evocative view of a perilous period in Rhodesia's history - a view which is of particular value in the light of current events. She appreciates, sympathetically, the difficulties and hazards which the tiny white community faced in its efforts to build the foundations of civilized life in a new country, and through her eyes Rhodesians of today can more readily recognise the quality and magnitude of Pioneer achievement.~~Volume 9|9143|~12050~12190~~
War History of Southern Rhodesia Vol. 1 - J. F. MacDonald~THIS is the first volume of a major two volume work describing in detail Rhodesia's contribution to the Allied effort during the Second World War. It covers the period June 1939 to September 1942 and includes, inter alia, the preparations undertaken on the home front, the organization and training of Rhodesia's armed forces, and operations in the East African and Western Desert theatres.
The author makes telling use of after-action reports and the book is well illustrated with photographs, maps and full color reproductions of paintings and sketches.
The War History of Southern Rhodesia, 1939-45 was commissioned by the Southern Rhodesian Government soon after the cessation of hostilities and first appeared in 1947 (Volume One) and 1950 (Volume Two).
Scarce in the original, it is here reproduced in facsimile as Vol's. 10 and 11 in the Rhodesiana Reprint Library, Silver Series. The Prime Minister of Rhodesia, thc Hon. I. D. Smith, contributes a Foreword to the reprint edition.
This complements the original Foreword by an eminent predecessor, Sir Godfrey Huggins (later Lord Malvern).~~Volume 10|9144|~12050~12191~~
War History of Southern Rhodesia Vol. 2 - J. F. MacDonald~THIS volume is the second of a two-volume work describing in detail the part played by Rhodesia's armed forces during the Second World War. It covers the period September 1942 to August 1945 and includes a narrative of operations with the Eighth Army on its advance westwards, profiles of the Rhodesian squadrons serving with the Royal Air Force and descriptions of the campaigns in Italy and the Far East.
The second volume of The War History of Southern Rhodesia, 1939-45, reissued here as Vol. 11 in the Rhodesiana Reprint Library, Silver Series, carries 76 pages of evocative illustrations and its appendices include Rolls of Honour, lists of serving units and of awards and decorations gained.
Publication of the two volumes will be welcomed alike by the student of military history, the interested layman and by those who feel that Rhodesians' impressive contribution to the Allied war affort should be remembered.~~Volume 11|9145|~12050~12192~~
One Man's Vision - W.D. Gale~ONE MAN'S VISION is an absorbing profile of the events and personalities that characterised the first six dramatic years of Rhodesia's history.
Working largely from the original manuscripts of and interviews with Pioneers, W. D. Gale tells the complete story from Occupation to Rebellion, describing in detail the gathering and march of the Pioneer Column, conflict with the Portuguese, the Boer 'invasion', the infant settlements, the Matabele War of 1893 and the Matabele and Mashona Rebellions of 1896-1897. There is also an Epilogue summarising developments to the mid-1930 s.
It is a moving story and a relevant one today - as the author says in his Preface: "
The men (and women) who gained a toehold for civilisation in the midst of savagery, far beyond the reach of rescue if things went wrong, displayed a courage, a determination and a faith in the future that should surely be an example. . .
Published as Vol. 12 in the Silver Series of the Rhodesiana Reprint Library, this is a facsimile reproduction of the 1935 edition to a slightly reduced format. It carries a new Author's Preface and new illustrations.~~Volume 12|9146|~12050~12193~~
Matabele Thompson - Nancy Rouillard~Highlight of this absorbing autobiography is the dramatic account of the tense 29 days of hard negotiation with Lobengula - not unlike a caricature of the Geneva Conference of 88 years later - which led to securing the Rudd Concession (1888). This granted Rhodes's syndicate the exclusive mineral rights in Matabeleland in return for £100 a month, 1000 rifles, 100 000 rounds of ball cartridge and a gunboat on the Zambesi. The Concession was the basis of the British South Africa Company's Royal Charter and the founding of Rhodesia in 1890.
The success of the negotiations was due mainly to Thompson's knowledge of African mores and thinking, and his tact and patience. Amusingly, he describes how the valuable concession document was all but lost in the bush when Rudd, conveying it to Rhodes, almost died of thirst; and how, on another occasion, it was concealed in a pumpkin gourd for safe-keeping. Thompson remained at the royal kraal for over a year but took no part in the Charter Company's subsequent activities. (He was later to deprecate what he considered to be exploitation of the Matabele.) He conveys a vivid impression of life among the Matabele, the intrigues of contending concession hunters, and the pressures on Lobengula.
There is an excellent chapter on Rhodes, his intimate friend; also important testimony on the Jameson Raid. A frontiersman from the Cape Colony, Thompson recounts his bloodcurdling experiences during the Gcaleka Rebellion (1878) when he saw his father cruelly killed. As a Rhodes man he was inevitably linked with the early diamond-mining at Kimberley where he introduced the closed compound system of housing migrant labour to control illicit diamond dealing. As a primary source this is a work of considerable historical importance; yet a fascinating tale which is deservedly retold in this strangely apposite reprint.
An outstanding new Forward by J. G. Storry paints a broad background to the events so competently delineated by the author.~~Volume 13|9147|~12050~12194~~
Cecil Rhodes: The Man and His Dream - Herbert Baker~CECIL RHODES-the Man and His Dream is a newly titled edition of two notable, early biographies now presented as a single reprint volume to honour the memory of Rhodes on the 75th anniversary of his death (26 March 1977).
The work comprises Cecil Rhodes by his architect, Herbert Baker (1934); and The Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes, with additional chapters by W. T. Stead (1902). They complement one another splendidly in portraying the character and thinking of Rhodes.
Herbert Baker, designer of many architectural gems, makes a rich offering of reminiscences which reveal Rhodes, not so much the financial wizard, empire builder, nor politician, as a patron of the arts.
Stead, who regarded Rhodes as a mixture of a Roman emperor, one of Cromwell's Ironsides and Ignatius Loyola, was a sympathetic interpreter of the great man's dreams. He deals with Rhodes' aspirations and the criteria of selection for Rhodes scholarships, and analyses his political and religious ideas from his letters, speeches and conversations.
Rhodesian author, Oliver Ransford, has contributed a brilliant appraisal of Rhodes in a new Foreword. He discusses the profound influence upon Rhodes of the thinking of Winwood Reade, author of
Martyrdom of Man
; and of Livingstone with his similar designs, pride of race and belief in the British destiny. Also explained is how Rhodes' heart condition would have contributed to his anxiety to perpetuate himself through his works. Ransford concludes with an interesting speculation on what Rhodes' attitude might be towards Rhodesia today: "
. . . But he would feel proud too of the way Rhodesians of all races were prepared to defend their standards, and in doing so, have provided a potential 'turning point' in the unfolding history of the world as the inevitable struggle between the Western powers and communist imperialism approaches. The memory of their grim endurance will provide for Rhodes the truly worthy monument he craved.
Rhodesia Past and Present 1894 - S.J. Du Toit~THIS work was first published in Paarl, Cape Province, in 1895 under the title Sambesia, of Saloma's Goudmijnen Bezocht in 1895, the English version appearing two years later. Du Toit's journey to Rhodesia began in July 1894 when he traveled from Paarl by rail to Vryburg, spending the next three months journeying by ox-cart across Rhodesia. On reaching Umtali he went down to Chimoio and thence by rail and tug to Beira where he caught a boat to Port Elizabeth, completing his journey home by rail. He appears to have represented the Paarl Matabeleland Syndicate which had interests in gold claims and farm land.
The purpose of Du Toit's series of firsthand observer 'sketches' was to report progress on Rhodesia - then only four years old - to the South African public. Little escaped his notice and his comments on travel, agricultural opportunities, flora and fauna, the early settlers (with particular reference to Afrikaners), mining prospects, the first urban settlements, African tribal life, and Rhodes's new telegraph and railway, make fascinating reading. His style is vivid and immediate, and his interview with the American scout Burnham of the Shangani Patrol is a rare example of early Rhodesian journalism.
He painted a very favorable picture of the country and, being a man born and bred to the veld, his assessments of the country's natural wealth must have been invaluable to prospective settlers of the day. His speculation on the future development of the railway system and relative merits of the Portuguese and South African ports would also have been of interest.
The work is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of a new interpretive Foreword contributed by Professor R. S. Roberts of the History Department of the University of Rhodesia, and the addition of an Index compiled by Miss N. Theisen.~~Volume 15|9149|~12050~12196~~
The Eldorado of the Ancients - Dr. Carl Peters~Originally published in 1902, this work which appeared in German and English editions theorizes on the exotic origins of Zimbabwe and seeks to prove that the Ophir of the time of King Solomon was the country between the lower Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers. It also endeavors to identify the kingdom of Macombe with that of Monomotapa, and to show that the Egyptian 'Punt' expeditions were taken to this part of the continent.
The narrative covers explorations from 1896 to 1902, most of it ranging over the present-day fighting zone which lies astride the Rhodesian-Mocambique border'. This aspect heightens interest in a work which makes an important contribution to investigations into the early history of Rhodesia although more recent findings are contrary to Dr Peters' theories. Chronologically the author's writings follow those of Bent, Hall and Neal, and Wilmot on the same subject but precede those of McIver. Perhaps the greatest interest in the work lies in Dr Peters' assessments of Rhodesian and Portuguese colonization and his forecasts for future development. He is attractive as a visionary and has been justified in the emphasis he placed on agriculture over mining in Rhodesia's formative years (he once spoke of bringing German peasants to settle the Melsetter area).
As an admirer of Darwin he used the theory of the survival of the fittest to justify the whole imperial process and it was perhaps not unnatural that he should have been appalled by the idea that blacks should have equal rights with whites before the law.
His writings, which are clarified in a most informative new Foreword contributed by Mr. A. T. Chennells of the English Department of the University of Rhodesia, offer a unique perspective on the differences of approach to colonization by the Rhodesians, Portuguese and Germans. The work is embellished with ninety-seven illustrations from original' drawings by Tennyson Cole and from photographs. It also carries two maps.~~Volume 16|9150|~12050~12197~~
The Pioneers of Mashonaland - Adrian Darter~WHAT is the traditional image of a Pioneer? A military man, perhaps a farmer or a bearded patriarch, but hardly a 22-year-old rugby player. Yet, Adrian Darter, author of Pioneers of Mashonaland, was until he joined the Pioneer Corps in 1890best known as a member of Cape Town's Hamiltons Rugby Club and of the Western Province side. He was one of the few members of the Pioneer Column to write an account of his personal experiences, and this reaches out across the years with the freshness and immediacy of the day when it was penned.
To be part of a team of young men whose destiny it was to open up to civilization a whole new area of the African continent was an excitement which we in our generation can hardly imagine, let alone experience. When he writes about the Matabele 'lurking in ambush', waiting 'to rush down from. . . the frowning hills' upon the extended Column, it is with the careless imagery of a young man to whom death is an irrelevant abstraction. In every line of his book the thrill of adventure, the joy of companionship, shine through in youthful ebullience. This is almost wholly a work of reminiscence.
Through his pen-portraits, names which have become hallowed on Rolls of Honor become spirited men of flesh and blood-ordinary men from the Cape Colony and other parts of South Africa and from Britain. However, Darter's purpose in taking up his pen was to try to persuade the members of the House of Commons that the British South Africa Company's Charter should be brought to an end at the expiry of its first 25-year period as he believed that the Company had forfeited its rights when it used force to invade Matabeleland in 1893.
The book is illustrated, for the first time, with a splendid selection of contemporary photographs taken by W. Ellerton Fry. Robert Cary has contributed a foreword which sets the historical scene for the narrative; and has also provided up-dated nominal rolls. A map of the route taken by the Column is introduced for the first time.~~Volume 17|9151|~12050~12198~~
Zambesia, Englands El Dorado in Africa - E.P. Mathers~As a piece of sophisticated journalism, Zambesia: England's EI Dorado in Africa is a tour de force being a document of what British and South African public opinion believed and hoped for Zambesia (Rhodesia) in the heady days of occupation prior to 1893. The unbounded optimism of the day suffuses the work which did much to encourage investment in and support for the British South Africa Company, and early gold-mining ventures in southern Africa.
The weekly journal, South Africa, founded by the author, E. P. Mathers, in 1889, was a highly successful paper with the largest circulation of any in South Africa. Its objects were to champion British interests in southern Africa, to inform European investors about the gold-fields and other investment openings, and to advise on business opportunities in that expanding market. With these objects in mind, and his belief in the existence of rich gold deposits north of the Limpopo, Mathers became a great supporter of Rhodes and his Company. In March 1891 he published a 146-page special issue of South Africa, entitled Zambesia, describing the history of the region, its gold and its peoples, and the development of the Company. So popular was this issue that Mathers then re-wrote parts of it, added a new chapter, and re-issued it as the book now reprinted. Its appearance then was most timely and it went through several editions.
The 1893 war with Lobengula had attracted much attention to Matabeleland, and the gigantic undertaking of Rhodes was looked on, by a large portion of the British Empire, as the most fascinating and romantic episode of the 19th century. The part of the book dealing with the concessions and early history of the Company are especially valuable, coming near to being primary source material.
Although this is a facsimile reproduction a number of poor quality pictures have been replaced; regrettably it was not possible to improve upon the indifferent standard of the original typesetting. The reprint carries an authoritative new Foreword contributed by Professor R. S. Roberts of the University of Rhodesia.~~Volume 18|9152|~12050~12199~~
Fact and Fiction - F.W.T. Posselt~IN the course of a long and dedicated career as a Native Commissioner in Rhodesia (1908-1941) F. W. T. Posselt wrote numerous articles and booklets on the history, customs, laws, religion and institutions of the country's African tribes giving his interpretations of their underlying principles. In 1935 these were published in a single volume as Fact and Fiction-A Short Account of the Natives of Southern Rhodesia. Now elusive in the original, this work is a mine of information gleaned from tribal elders by this perceptive and sympathetic author.
He covers matters of a legendary basis and of verifiable fact but is ever aware of the shadow zone between fact and fiction, and conscious of the fragmentary nature of his glimpses into a vast field. He notes that ceremony permeates all phases of African life and recognizes the value of folklore in elucidating what, to the white, appears to be the complex character of the black. There is an outline of the legal ideas, beliefs and social life of the Vazezuru; and chapters on the Watawara, the Batonga and the Barozwi. Another deals with the rise of the Amandebele.
More than forty years ago Posselt wrote: "
If the Native has so far reacted in many ways disappointing to our expectations (plans), the fault must be sought more in the methods followed by the preceptor than in the response of the pupil; for an immoderate haste permeates our methods . . . the desire to do good without understanding the nature of him whom it is intended to benefit. . . must mar much of our labour. . .
This reprint edition of Fact and Fiction, which carries a thoughtful new Foreword by Roger Howman, is most timely and will make for greater understanding among Rhodesians.~~Volume 19|9153|~12050~12200~~
The Passing of the Black Kings - Hugh Marshall Hole~ORIGINALLY published in 1932 this work, now reprinted in' facsimile, studies the impact of white civilization upon the African tribes of south central Africa over the previous century. In particular it examines Bechuanaland (Botswana), Rhodesia and Barotseland (now part of Zambia), and more specifically the characters of their respective reigning chiefs: Khama, Mzilikazi and Lobengula, and Lewanika. The author, Hugh Marshall Hole, for many years (1891-1928) a highly placed official in the British South Africa Company administration in Rhodesia, supplements his personal knowledge and experience with evidence gleaned from the extensive writings of the numerous early missionaries, hunters and travelers.
Although he has come to be regarded as a propagandist for the Company, his book is refreshingly free from hypocrisy and cant and he makes no pretence of the fact that the Black Kings had lost their freedom and power, often in ways that did not bear close scrutiny. He believed too that the Administration was bound, in common honesty, to regard the welfare of the African people as a trust.
In his concluding chapter he discusses 'the fundamental differences between the 'temperaments of two great divisions of the human race' and emphasizes that they are of 'paramount gravity, for upon the mutual relations between whites and blacks depends the whole political and commercial future of a large part of the African continent'. Although Hole did not live long enough to see the wheel of his story complete its full circle, his observation on the future is as valid now as it was in his time.
A contemporary Foreword contributed by Professor R. S. Roberts of the University of Rhodesia adds a new dimension to the reprint.
NOTE - This reprint was also re-done with a different dust-jacket and included in the 'Bulawayo Series' collection.~~Volume 20|9154|~12050~12201~~
Rolin's Rhodesia - Henri Rolin~Henri Rolin, an eminent Belgian jurist, visited the Rhodesias during 1911-1912 to study their administrative and judicial systems. In 1913, he published Les Lois et 'Administration de la Rhodesie, now produced in English for the first time, under the new title-Rolin's Rhodesia. Appearing a year before the review of the Charter, the work, which must rank as the foremost text-book on the BSA Company's administration of the period, was intended as a guide for students of Colonial government, notably the Belgian Congo. His innumerable personal interviews and extensive bibliography testify to the thoroughness of his research. Rolin was most interested in the phenomenon of colonization through the agency of a commercial organization.
He defines the areas of responsibility of the Imperial government, the Chartered Company and the settlers. The study is presented in three parts: the political and legal organization; native policy; and legislation relating mainly to the whites, in particular the laws governing land ownership and mining rights. In dealing with Africans, he confesses to being a theorizing humanitarian, and sees the country as comprising a white aristocracy ruling a black proletariat. He admires the Rhodesian judicial system, sees both good and bad in the administration, wrestles with the vexed question of land ownership, and reviews the labor situation as it affects mining and farming.
Rolin's deep knowledge of the philosophy and nature of law, which he relates to the framework of society as a whole, and his lucid exposition, make the work intellectually satisfying to the scholar and of compelling interest to .the general reader. Rolin identified problems which even now bedevil reconciliation between the races but he observed sufficient promise in the spirit of Rhodesia's laws and government to encourage the conviction that with magnanimity and a total commitment, by both black and white, to work selflessly for the national good, Rhodesia will yet achieve the greatness it deserves.
The reprint is welcomed in a new Foreword contributed by Prof. Roger Louis of the University of Texas. There are 50 new illustrations.~~Volume 22|9155|~12050~12202~~
The Right to be Proud - A.J. Di Perna~On November 11, 1965 - thirteen years ago - the minority white government of Rhodesia, a self-governing colony since 1923, issued a Unilateral Declaration of independence (UDI) from Great Britain, a move which ran counter to the contemporary trend in Africa and which resulted in economic sanctions and ostracism by nearly three-quarters of the governments of the world.
His curiosity aroused by this defiant act, American author Anthony P. Di Perna came to Rhodesia to find out what kind of people had chosen this perilous path, and what events had shaped their past. His study resulted in the overriding conclusion that a major factor was a nascent nationalism and growing, strongly developed sense of national identity and purpose within the white community - a unique occurrence in an African colonial territory.~~Volume 22|9156|~12050~12203~~
With Wilson in Matabeleland - C.H.W. Donovan~THE AUTHOR, Captain C. H. W. Donovan, like Captain Cornwallis Harris and many other British Army Officers serving in India and other stations during the late nineteenth century, was first attracted to southern Africa by the wildlife and opportunities for hunting. He headed for. the Northern Transvaal, passing through Pretoria and Pietersburg en route to the Limpopo, Lundi and Tokwe Rivers and Fort Victoria.
Part One of his book (1894), of which this is a facsimile reprint, records his carefree days of duck-shooting, biggame hunting and tiger-fishing. On reaching Fort Victoria it was inevitable that he should respond to Dr. Jameson's appeal to help repel the Matabcle who were then raiding the local Mashonas. From this point Captain Donovan conducts the reader through the events of 1893: the mustering of the Victoria Column, the junction with the Salisbury Column, the battles of Shangani and Bembesi, and the occupation of King Lobengula's Bulawayo on 4th November, 1893. Ten days later the Tati Columns reached Bulawayo and the pursuit of the King, northwards towards the Zambesi, was undertaken. But Donovan was sent back to Bulawayo to deliver despatches to Dr. Jameson and mails to Palapye, after which he returned to England, missing personal involvement of the subsequent debacle of the Shangani Patrol.
Donovan's account is rich in anecdote and is particularly noteworthy for the many references made to personalities in Rhodesia at that time. His comments on the first military engagements in Rhodesia, and the effects of modern arms on the combatants, make a meaningful contribution to the early records of the Occupation.
A unique feature of the reprint is the newly incorporated Appendix which is based on numerous annotations made in an original edition which belonged to Jack Carruthers who was also involved in the operations described by the author.~~Volume 23|9157|~12050~12204~~
Journey to GuBulawayo~~~Volume 24|9158|~12050~12205~~
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