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The Terrible Night at Rorke's Drift, 1879. The Zulu War, 1879

By Bancroft, James W

(Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 1997) 1868420450. 4to; original brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 168, incl index; lavishly illustrated with maps, battle plans, contemporary illustrations and photographs. Trace of silverfish nibble to bottom edges of boards; a little light foxing to endpapers. Very good condition. "This is the graphic account of how British men behaved as gallant soldiers in their struggle for survival against the brave Zulu warriors who attacked them during the epic defence of the storehouse and field hospital at Rorke's Drift, Natal, at the beginning of the Zulu War in January 1879. It is the result of a close comparison and examination of over thirty eyewitness accounts and letters, together with an in-depth study of official reports, various journals, and the newspapers printed at the time of the war." .


Brave Men's Blood. The Epic of the Zulu War, 1879

By Knight, Ian

(London: Greenhill Books, 1990) 1853672483. 271 x 218 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 199 + (i), incl index; lavishly illustrated with maps, contemporary photographs and artwork. Slightest crease to bottom fore-corner of upper cover. Very good condition. "One of the most comprehensive accounts of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War ever published, Brave Men's Blood is also the best illustrated. The result of years of research in Britain, South Africa, France, the USA and Australia, it includes 270 contemporary illustrations integrated with text providing a concise history of the Zulu state and the causes of the war. Pictures of Zulu as well as British commanders, personalities and soldiers appear, giving a balanced image of the war. ... Ian Knight gives attention to aspects of the war often ignored by other works, such as the part played by Colonial troops in the fighting, and the little-known cross-border raids. Zulu and British strategy and tactics receive equal treatment. However it is the great battles themselves - Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Nyezane, Gingindlovu, Hlobane, Khambula and Ulundi - which take centre stage in the drama. Drawing on extensive field research, Ian Knight describes the battles with compelling clarity and vividness." .


Crossing the Buffalo. The Zulu War of 1879

By Greaves, Adrian

(London: Cassell, 2006) 1868422224. 232 x 154 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 383 + (i), incl. index; plates; maps. Spine cocked; earlier owner's hand-stamp inside upper cover; inscription to first page; trace of spotting to edges. Good condition. "The Anglo-Zulu War was one of the most dramatic chapters in British colonial history. In January 1879, after engineering a series of grievances against their Zulu neighbours, the British Army crossed over the Buffalo River into Zululand. It was an open act of war. The story is studded with tales of incredible heroism, drama and atrocity on both sides: the Battle of Isandlwana, where the Zulus inflicted on the British the worst defeat a modern army has ever suffered at the hands of men without guns; Rorke's Drift, where a handful of British troops beat off thousands of Zulu warriors; and Ulundi, where the Zulus were finally crushed in a battle that was to herald some of the most shameful episodes in British Colonial history." .


The Zulu War 1879

By Lloyd, Alan

(London: Hart-Davis MacGibbon, 1974) 0246105607. 8vo; original purple boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 173 + (i), incl index; illustrations; battle plans. Dustwrapper sunned on spine panel and somewhat foxed; light bump to bottom fore-corners; trace of silverfish nibble to bottom edges of boards. Good condition. "Alan Lloyd's highly readable, fully illustrated account throws vivid light on the Zulu people and the main personalities of the war: Sir Bartle Frere, British High Commissioner; Chelmsford and Wolseley, British generals, and Cetshwayo himself, a man 'as far removed from a savage as the sun is from the moon'." .


Like Wolves on the Fold: The Defence of Rorke's Drift

By Snook, Mike

(London: Greenhill Books, 2006) 1853676594. 8vo; original purple boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xvi + (ii) + 302, incl index; contemporary and modern photographs and artwork, incl some colour; maps and battle plans. Trace of spotting to edges and endpapers. Very good condition. "Following on from his highly acclaimed How Can Man Die Better: The Secrets of Isandlwana Revealed, Colonel Mike Snook provides a riveting, fresh interpretation of events in this unique account that is set to redefine our understanding of the battle, as well as the subsequent course of the Anglo-Zulu War. Highly illustrated with maps, photographs and artwork, Like Wolves on the Fold: The Defence of Rorke's Drift bears compelling testimony to the heroic 24th and the formidable Zulu." .


Zulu Victory. The Epic of Isandlwana and the Cover-up

By Lock, Ron, and Peter Quantrill

(Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball, 2005) 1868422143. Signed by both authors on the title page. Foreword by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. 233 x 154 mm; laminated pictorial wraps; pp. 336, incl. index; full-colour photographic plates; eleven maps and contemporary illustrations. Spine a bit sunned, and slightly cocked; original purchase invoice from Rorke's Drift cultural museum mounted inside front cover, and corresponding penned note to half-title; occasional fox spot. Good to very good condition. "… a fascinating read beyond the scholarly debate about who won the battle." - Sunday Times. "… gripping in the extreme: blunder and heroism on a grand scale …" - Oxford Times. "The authors superbly weave the excitement of the battle, the British mistakes, the brilliant Zulu tactics and the shameful cover up, into a dramatic, tragic tale … it's an exhiliratingly well informed introduction for the novice." - Colonial Warfare. .


In Commemoration of the 1879 Zulu War / Ter herdenking van die 1879 Zoeloe-Oorlog / isiKhumbuzo sempi kaZulu ka 1879

By First Day Cover

(Rorke's Drift: South African Post Office, 1979). Date stamp Rorke's Drift 25-05-1979. 100 x 178 mm; colour-printed envelope with portraits of Cetshwayo and Lord Chelmsford, and stamps depicting the battles of Isandlwana, Ulundi, and Rorke's Drift. The envelope contains a card providing a summary of the Anglo-Zulu War, printed in English on one side, and in Afrikaans on the other. Fine condition. .


The Who's Who of the Anglo-Zulu War. Part II: Colonials and Zulus
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The Who's Who of the Anglo-Zulu War. Part II: Colonials and Zulus

By Greaves, Adrian, and Ian Knight

(Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2007) 1844155269. 8vo volumes; original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; xiii + (i) + 241; plates reproducing contemporary photographic portraits. As new. "The second volume covers the Colonials, be they Afrikaners or other nationalities, and the Zulus who proved such proud and formidable enemies. The Anglo-Zulu War is increasingly popular with readers and visitors to South Africa and the authors ... are the leading authorities in the field." .


A Sketch of the Kafir and Zulu Wars. Guadana to Isandhlwana
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A Sketch of the Kafir and Zulu Wars. Guadana to Isandhlwana

By Parr, Henry Hallam

(Uckfield: The Naval & Military Press, 2004) 1843429292. 186 x 122 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (vi) + 283; maps and battle plans, incl. one in full colour. Text facsimile of the original edition. As new. "A vivid and colourful account of the 'Kafir' and opening phase of the Zulu wars, written by Captain Henry Hallam Parr, an officer who was military secretary to Sir Bartle Frere, the chief British administrator in South Africa. After a brisk account of the British subduing of the Kafir tribes at Guadana, Parr gets into the more bloody business of the Zulu campaign in January 1879. An eye-witness, he describes the disastrous slaughter of Lord Chelmsford's advance column at Isandhlwana, the greatest British military reverse at the hands of an African tribe. This defeat is balanced by the ever-heroic story of Rorke's Drift; the Natal outstation successfully defended against a huge horde of Zulus by the Welsh 24th Regiment of Foot and some Royal Engineers, commanded by Lieutenants Chard and Bromhead. Parr's writing is clear and lively, and he is an admirer of the military qualities and reckless courage of the Zulus as well as the British. The book is accompanied by excellent situation maps of both Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift." - Publisher's synopsis. .


The Victoria Cross in Zululand and South Africa. Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift
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The Victoria Cross in Zululand and South Africa. Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift

By Elliott, Major W. J.

(Pietermaritzburg: Africana Book Collectors, 1990) 0620146257. Africana Book Collectors Pamphlet Series, No. 7. Grant Christison's copy, with his pencilled note on the title page: "Wrote the Intro., saw it through the press." Copy number two of an edition limited to 300 copies, signed on the copyright page by the publisher, Dennis Slotow. A facsimile reprint of the Dean & Son "Deeds of Daring Library" edition of the late 1880s. 190 x 130 mm; pictorial card wrappers; pp. (iv) + 112; contemporary line illustrations, map and plan. Small section of spine and upper cover slightly scratched. Very good condition. 'The original from which this facsimile has been made is in the possession of the publishers. Every effort has been made to reproduce the original appearance, to the extent of retaining the decorative three-colour cover of the original. The cover was of green cloth; hence the green wraps of this facsimile. After an introductory chapter describing the scene on the eve of the British invasion, chapters II and III cover some background material including the Seventh (Cape) Frontier War and the British treatment of Sekhukhune and Cetshwayo. Already the reader has a taste of Elliott's didactic approach which persists through chapters IV to VI dealing with events leading up to the war. Chapters VII to XV set out the progress of the war from invasion to Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, chapter XV treating the Victoria Cross awards. Chapter XVI looks at Pearson's coastal column and XVII wraps up. A striking characteristic of Elliott's handling of his material is his empathy for the Zulu people. He was not alone in the belief that the Anglo-Zulu War had been "one of the most unjust, one of the most aggressive wars" in which Britain had been involved (p35); this view was shared by many Britons at the time and had been popularized by such public figures as the Colenso family who were ardent pro-Zulu campaigners. Elliott is scathing in his criticism of the High Commissioner, Sir Bartle Frere and of commander Chelmsford (pp 36, 37), accusing the latter of violating time-honoured principles of military strategy (pp 111, 112).' - From the Introduction to the Reprint Edition. .


The Zulu War; text and colour plates by Angus McBride. [Men-at-Arms Series]

By McBride, Angus

(London, Osprey Publishing Limited, 1976). Laminated pictorial wraps, pp. 40, illustrations, plans, eight colour plates showing regimental dress of the Zulu and British forces. .


The Zulu War

By McBride, Angus

(London, Osprey, 1976). 248 x 184 mm; laminated pictorial wraps; pp. 40; profusely illustrated with full-colour depictions of uniforms, black-and-white photographs, line drawings, map and battle plans. From the collection of historian John Wright, and signed by him on title page. Cover a little tanned. Very good condition. A useful guide to the combatants in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. .