ZULULAND AT WAR 1879 by Sonia Clarke
Sonia Clarke's sumptuous 1984 limited edition collection of letters held in the Brenthurst Library in South Africa (Harry Oppenheimer's private collection), the second of her two volumes on the campaign. This one primarily include letters sent by officers participating in the Anglo-Zulu War to Sir Archibald Alison, who was head of the Army's Intelligence Department in London. As such they include private, free and frank opinions by senior serving officers of the iSandlwana campaign and of the rest of the war for Alison's private information. The Brenthurst publications were noted for their production values and this is a large-format hardback, illustrated throughout with engravings and maps. It is an important collection of source material relating to the war as well as a beautiful book; this copy has a small, neat bookplate from a previous owner, some slight tape marks on the end-papers, and some minor knocks to the dust-wrapper but is almost otherwise as new. A rare and desirable book now.