specially bound for the publisher.
RAOUL-DUVAL, Roger. Au Transvaal et dans le Sud-Africain avec les attachées militaires. Paris, Charles Delagrave,.
8vo. Privately bound for the publisher in tan goatskin, ornamented in blind, lettered in gilt, including Delagrave's name on front cover, original purple wrappers printed in white bound in (vignette of a machine gunner at the end), top edge gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. , 318, [2, colophon], title with vignette depicting a wrapped up locomotive and printed in red and black, portrait-frontispiece (with tissue guard), facsimile of the author's dedication note, tinted portrait of the South African president and numerous facsimiles and photographic illustrations, many full-page-size in the text, most of them tinted in various colours; binding minimally rubbed, two illustrations a little smudged during printing; a fine association copy.
First edition of this lavishly produced and illustrated first-hand report of the Second Boer War by the leader of the Red Cross mission during the war of Maxim gunners on both sides and the usual destruction and atrocities, which sparked popular protests back in Britain. Roger Raoul-Duval (1877-1917) was a French officer and member of an influential merchant family originating from Le Havre. The French mission into the war zone combined humanitarian aid (transport of the wounded, hospitals etc.) with military intelligence operations, including observations of the role of the Native Africans. The illustrations offer rare visual material based on photos taken by a delegation sent by a neutral Continental power. - An exceptional copy of a beautiful book, as far as books on wars can be beautiful.
Mendelssohn III, p. 779.