In the Land of Misfortune by Lady Florence Dixie 1882
Date Listed 22/11/2016
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In the Land of Misfortune
Lady Florence Dixie
With illustrations from sketches by major Fraser and Capt. C. F. C. Beresford.
Engraved by Whymper and Pearson.
London, Richard Bentley and Son
Sells for R2488 - R4878 on ABE Books.com
The book is in good condition for its age - 133 years! The spine has been recovered. Still with the original green board front covers, though quite faded.
All 16 illustrations are present, though one is loose.
Lady Florence Caroline Dixie (25 May 1855 – 7 November 1905), before her marriage Lady Florence Douglas, was a British traveller, war correspondent, writer and feminist.
In 1881, Dixie was appointed as a field correspondent of the Morning Post of London to cover the First Boer War (1880–1881) and the aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu War. She and her husband travelled to South Africa together. In Cape Town, she stayed with the Governor of the Cape Colony. She visited Zululand, and on her return interviewed the Zulu king Cetshwayo, who was being held in detention by the British.
Her reports, followed by her A Defence of Zululand and Its King from the Blue Book (1882) and In the Land of Misfortune (1882), were instrumental in Cetshwayo's brief restoration to his throne in 1883.
In Dixie's In the Land of Misfortune, there is a struggle between her individualism and her identification with the power of the British Empiret.