London: Chapman & Hall, 1878. 1st. Original cloth. 8vo. xiii, 258 pp. 4 color lithographs (including frontispiece with tissue guard). Publisher's green cloth, black ruling and gilt illustration & lettering. A very good copy (light rubbing to extremities & boards; owner name; shelfwear); a nice copy. Item #14194
An informative and lively account of a soldier's experiences in the Eighth (1850-1853) and greatest of the wars between White and Black on the Cape eastern frontier. The author, a Cape Mounted Rifleman, served throughout the hostilities, and writes revealingly of the joys, the hardships and the dangers of campaigning in an ever-troubled border region and of the day-to-day life of a colonial officer. The military reminiscences are enhanced, as H. C. Hummel says in his admirable Foreword, 'by the clarity, detail and humour of Lucas's observations as raconteur, hunter, angler and, above all, naturalist . . . Those who know the Eastern Cape and its historic hinterland will recognise familiar landmarks. (Books of Zimbabwe).