Bush Fighting. Illustrated by Remarkable Actions and Incidents of the Maori War in New Zealand

Alexander, James Edw. (Major-General Sir)

Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle, London, 1873
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2/3 of the folding map of the North Island is missing. Otherwise the condition is very good. Cloth boards fairly clean. A previous owner has written their signature on the title page, and also added another family name to whom the book will belong "after my death". Some mottling to cloth at margins of boards. Minor rubbing to edges of spine and boards. 1/4" fraying to cloth at tail of front joint. No splitting to endpapers. A b&w photocopy (not very clear) of the whole of the folding map included loosely. ; xv, (1) , 326, (2) pages + 32 pages advertisements + frontis + folding colour map (just under 2/3 of the folding map is missing) + 13 plates + 3 in-text illustrations. Dark red cloth covers with gilt and black illustrations on spine and front board. Contents: Contents: Chapter I: Bush fighting, where practised - Qualifications for it - Equipment of a bush fighter - Head-dress, and how one should be shod - Service in Africa, and in the American forest - Mounted riflemen - Americans appreciate them - Hants Mounted Rifles - First experience in bush fighting in the Andamans - Mounted Rifles at the Cape - The bush in New Brunswick - A sketch of the islands of New Zealand and the Maoris; Chapter II - The Tataraimaka block of land in Taranaki - Abandoned, and to be reoccupied - Appropriation of the Waitara block the cause of the previous war - Is now given up, yet the natives assume the offensive by a deed of blood - A party of officers and soldiers surprised by an ambuscade and slain - Preparations for attacking the hostile natives - Their positions in strong ground - General Cameron forms a corps of cavalry - Lieut. Wallis's adventure - The troops march out of New Plymouth [.] [16 chapters]. Illustrations: Attack on a Maori Pah (frontis with tissue guard present); Hand-coloured map of part of New Zealand (2/3 missing); Te Tarata, Hot Springs; Action at Katekara; Oakura Redoubt; Action at Koheroa; Maori Works at Mer-meri; Action at Rangiriri; Action at Rangiawhia; Action at Kaitake; Action at Orakau; Action at the Gate Pah; Action at Te Rangi; On the Waitara River; Te Arei Pah; Maori Outworks. Te Arei; Action at Nukumaru; Mount Egmont. [Many of these illustrations are plans or maps of the battle sites, with original hand colouring in blue to the margins of the water areas.] The gilt illustration on the front board show uniformed British soldiers in the foreground, with Maori fortifications on a hill in the background, along with plants identifiable as flax and tree ferns. Reference: Bagnall 79: "[.]a history of the engagements in Taranaki, Waikato and Bay of Plenty from 1862 in which British Army units took part." ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 001336

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Title: Bush Fighting. Illustrated by Remarkable ...

Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle, London

Publication Date: 1873

Binding: Original Cloth

Book Condition: Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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