Klerksdorp, H.M. Guest, Printer and Publisher, Bookseller, Stationer, etc. 1902.
Octavo (224 × 143 mm), 8 pages including the publisher's advertisement on the last page.
One large sheet, folded but uncut and unopened, as issued; small puncture in the top left-hand corner; short tear to the foot of the front hinge; a very good copy.
Guest accurately describes the two and a half hour fight as 'one of the most sustained and determined attacks of the war'. 'The Boers lost eleven killed, 35 wounded, and 10 taken prisoner. The British lost 61 killed or mortally wounded and 158 wounded, including Kekewich', along with 327 horses and many of the draught animals (AngloBoerWar website). In 1939, Herman Guest, the publisher's son, had some of these original Klerksdorp printings bound up and issued with a new foreword, telling the story of the production of his father's 'records of the campaign in the Western Transvaal and elsewhere. It will be realized that the accounts were written during times of stress, and consequently some of the statements have an "ex parte" complexion. The[ir] value ... lies in the fact that [they were] written and produced when Klerksdorp was practically in a state of siege. The inhabitants were unable to proceed a mile in any direction from the market square, and the one railway line, although closely guarded, was frequently disturbed by Boers'. Provenance: a Western Australian member of the 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse.