A Bird's-Eye View of South Africa
New York: Frank Leslie's Weekly, 1900.
View. Uncolored engraving. Sheet measures 15 3/4" x 22"
Lovely double-page bird's eye view of South Africa, published in Leslie's Weekly in 1900. The subtitle reads "Panorama of the Bloody Theatre of War Where England's Trained Forces Are Meeting Unexpected Resistance from the Sturdy Boers of the Two South African Republics." This refers to the Second Boer War, when British forces sought to expand the Cape Colony into the neighboring territories of Transvaal and the Orange Free State, following the discovery of diamonds and gold in the region. Topography is beautifully rendered, with mountains and cities depicted pictorially. Towns are connected by clearly drawn roads, and numbered labels correspond to an index of town names and places of interest. Drawn by artist E. J. Austen.
Illustrator: Austen, Edw. J.