BOER WAR SATIRE
FIRST EDITIONS, 2 frontis numerous illusts. by "S.R." 8vo, 2 vols, original pictorial cloth, a little rubbed and worn,
Hackett states that the Author's were M.H. Temple and Harold Begbie, the British Library while not mentioning Begbie, gives J. Stafford Ransome as co-author and illustrator. This highly popular satire on British Politicians and the highly unpopular and unsuccessful Boer War. In the first title Churchill is depicted as the Caterpillar dispensing advice "Everybody is wrong and I am here to tell them so". The frontispiece depicts a "Porlokrock", a dragonlike Boer preying on a Red Cross wagon. In the second title the author's state "The sole object of the following book is to elucidate those obscure passages in Clara in Blunderland which have convulsed the Chancellaries of Europe."
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