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describes the founding and development of the first permanent white settlement in the land north of the Limpopo river.Thomas Morgan Thomas, together with John Moffat and William Sykes, were appointed by the London Missionary Society in 1859 to establish a mission station at Inyati, among the Matabele of King Mzilikazi.Of uniform size, each reprint in the standard edition is case-bound (hard backed) and presented in a specially designed, colourfull dust jacket bearing the family identity of the Series.There is also a fully leather-bound edition that was limited to 150 copies.
Lord Randolph Churchill had a brilliant and meteoric political career.
Churchill wrote in detail of what he saw en route through the Cape Colony, the Transvaal, Bechuanaland and Mashonaland. Their supplies and personal belongings had been abandoned by their porters en route, and their entire equipment consisted of "two or three iron spoons, two tin mugs, a couple of pots of Liebig's extract of meat and a packet of Maizena". Charles Edward Finlason, known affectionately as "Fin", was a delightful personality who made his name as a journalist and cricketer in South Africa in the 1880s and 1890s.
Accompanied by a large entourage, including an eminent American mining engineer, he spent several months in Mashonaland, and he has given posterity a highly informative chronicle embellished with delightful illustrations and a frank (and at the time unpopular) assessment of Cecil Rhodes's most ambitious colonial venture. This volume reveals the story of their enterprise in the face of extreme privation and intimidating natural hazards. Born in England, he emigrated to Kimberley when a young man, played for Kimberley Pirates' Cricket Club and, in 1889, represented South Africa against Major Warton's English team at Port Elizabeth.
His prospecting expeditions, which took him as far as the Hartley Hills, 60 miles from present day Salisbury (now Harare), provide the material for this book. Frederick Courteney Selous, one of southern Africa's greatest men of the early veld, was born into an intellectual and prosperous English family (his father was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange) in 1851, and at the age of 19 sailed for Africa to become an elephant hunter, an occupation at which he excelled from the beginning. Dust jacket design based on Ellerton Fry photo 1890 Column in laager, with bust of author superimposed; new Publishers' Intro.
The work is notable for its fascinating first-hand reports on mineral finds, indigenous native customs, meetings with the hardy people of the pre-Pioneer era, its descriptions of early gold workings, veld craft and wagon travel, and for an eye-witness account of the coronation of the Matabele King Lobengula. For nearly 20 years he explored, hunted, traded and studied with a keen naturalist's eye the country between the Limpopo river and the Congo basin, providing the inspiration for Rider Haggard's Alan Quatermain. detailed Appendices, Index & Victorian advertisements; illus. ISBNs 086920 002 X (standard) and 0 86920 003 8 (de luxe).
THE FIRST SERIES of the Rhodesiana Reprint Library - also entitled the "Gold Series" - comprises 36 volumes, most of which are facsimile re-productions of rare and out-of-print works on the pioneering and growth of Rhodesia.