Hardcover, London: Rowland Ward & Co, 1896. First Edition. Very Good. Octavo, pp. xix, 290. Frontispiece portrait of Maholi (servant to Selous) , 8 full page photographs, 8 illustrations in the text, 1 fold-out map, 5 appendices, index, 10 pages of publisher's ads. Bound in publisher's tan cloth with spine decoration and zebra patterned endpapers. Moderate soiling to covers, corners bumped, spine bumped at both ends.
Frederick Courteney Selous was the greatest big-game hunter of his generation and the model for H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quartermain. Selous was living in what is now Zimbabwe when the Second Matabele War broke out. It is also called the Matabele Rebellion and the First Chimurenga. This book is his account of the war and what caused it. The war lasted from March 1896 - October 1897.
The Matabele attacked after the Jameson Raid had sent most of the troops normally in the area to the Transvaal, leaving the settlers in and around Bulawayo nearly defenseless. Within a week of the start of the war 141 settlers were killed in Matabeleland and another 103 were killed in Mashonaland. The survivors fled to Bulawayo where they set up a defensive laager and were beseiged by 10,000 Matabele who wisely did not attempt to enter the city fearing the Maxim guns. Selous played a major role in the war, helping to form and lead the Bulawayo Field Force that rescued and escorted fleeing settlers to Bulawayo. He also scouted the location of the Matabele. He personally prevented the British relief column coming up from the south from being ambushed. The war resulted in total victory for the British South Africa Company. Today it is remembered in Zimabawe as their first revolutionary struggle or war for independence. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 259 pages. [Item #77521]