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Blake (Col. J.Y.F.)

WEST POINTER WITH THE BOERS

A Personal Narrative of the Commander of the Irish Brigade

Published: Boston, 1903

Stock Number: #1589/7

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411 pages, 8vo (210 x 150 mm), frontispiece portrait, many illustrations, green cloth with a photograph of Blake mounted on a horse laid on upper cover, rear hinge strengthened, overall a very good copy

Many of the Irish Brigade were, like the author of this memoir, Irish Americans who were both anti-English and anti-Imperial. Blake's memoir covers the first part of the war in Natal and the subsequent guerilla phase in the Transvaal. His account is, despite its extremism, one of the best written by a foreign volunteer serving with the Boers. Blake was, like De Villebois-Mareuil, a frustrated idealist who was in conflict with the temper of his age. He died in a hotel room in New York in 1907 and is thought by many to have committed suicide.