WILMOT, Alexander. The History of our own Times in South Africa. London, J.C. Juta, 1897-1899.
Three volumes, 8vo. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, boards ornamented in blind; pp. xvi, 382; viii, 362, ; viii, 361; light wear to cloth, offsetting from endpapers to half-titles and final leaves, otherwise only lightly and evenly toned; a good set; provenance: bookplates of the Baron H.M. Rapacki-Warnia's lending library; he is known to have been a representative of the Orange Free State, and was interned by the British during the First World War.
Very rare first edition. A thorough history of South Africa from to 1872 to 1898, including chapters on the Aborigines, diamond fields, the Kafir and Zulu wars, agriculture, banking and Rhodesia. Scottish-born and Catholic Alexander Wilmot was a Cape parliamentarian, civil servant and author of a number of books on South Africa, some of which served as textbooks in schools. In 1886 he moved to Grahamstown, directing the local museum, publishing and supporting Cecil Rhodes. 'The history of South Africa is fascinating, and it is of such importance that the new settlers who have come to the country during the past few years should familiarize themselves with the leading facts of the immediate past' (Press Opinions at the end of volume II).