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Catalogue 43 Frontier Wars #3832/2

Le Cordeur (Basil) & Saunders (Christopher)

WAR OF THE AXE, 1847

Correspondence between the Governor of the Cape Colony, Sir Henry Pottinger, and the Commander of the British forces at the Cape, Sir George Berkeley, and others

Published: Johannesburg, 1981

Stock Number: #3832/2

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287 pages, colour frontispiece, 54 plates, 4 maps, blue cloth, slight foxing on the fore edge, a very good copy in the dust jacket now preserved in a Brodart protector. The Brenthurst Press, first series, no. 7, one of 850 copies bound in cloth

Editor's note.'In 1846, a man was caught stealing an axe in Fort Beaufort, a small Eastern-frontier town. The group escorting the thief was attacked by a party of Xhosa who killed a guard and released the prisoner. This incident sparked off hostilities which became known as the War of the Axe, or the Seventh Frontier War. In 1847 a new governor arrived at the Cape Colony - Sir Henry Pottinger. He was destined to spend the entire period of his governorship on the frontier, mainly in Grahamstown and Fort Peddie. His correspondence with the commander of the British forces at the Cape, Sir George Berkeley, forms the basis of this volume. Other key figures include Colonel Henry Somerset of the Cape Mounted Rifles; Sandile, head of the main group of western Xhosa (Ngqika) and Phatho of the Gqunukhwebe.' Editor's note.