Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Boer War photo album of Abraham Isaac Steytler, the leading figure in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa in the late 19th/early 20th c, containing approx 158 very good quality images, together with a telegram from Lord Roberts. The images, which appear good and strong throughout cover a large variety of subjects showing South Africa (probably around the Cape area) at the end of the 19th c and into the early years of the 20th c. Subjects include formal groups, early townships, individuals including a fine study of a village blacksmith, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a fine shot of Baden Powell taken during the Boer War, shots of British cavalry and infantry, shipping, the fleet at Simonstown etc. Most shots are approx 20x15cm, most good dark images. The album bears Steytler’s ownership signature to front cover with the date December 6th 1897. Black morocco covers, detached but interior contents appear good throughout. The Roberts telegram was clearly written at the height of the War reading in part : ‘...all berghers who took the oath of neutrality & gave up arms under proclamation & who may since have fought against are to held as prisoners of war and sent to Cape Town, their houses searched & all arms found therein sporting or otherwise to be confiscated...’ A fine record of South Africa at a crucial point in the Country’s history. Abraham Steytler known as the ‘Dutch Reformed Pope’ was Moderator of the Cape Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church to 1915.