SOUTH AFRICA - ANGLO BOER WAR (1899-1902)
Louis BOTHA, J.C. DE LA REY and others. A collection of 69 signatures of the Boer delegates attending the peace conference, Vereeniging, 15-31 May 1902, 3 leaves, 30.3 x 20.5cm. and 29.8 x 40cm. (browned and laid down).
An evocative collection, recalling a pivotal moment in the founding of the South African state. The sheets are variously headed (in Afrikaans): the Transvaalers who signed the Peace Treaty of 31 May 1905 and the delegates from the South African Republic and the Orange Free State who attended the conference at Vereeniging from the 15th May 1902. On 'the 23rd of March the representatives of the Boer governments came into Pretoria. Six weeks of negotiation, and then a meeting of delegates, under the presidency of General Kemp, were held at Vereeniging. As a result of this conference articles of peace were signed at Pretoria on the 31st May, and the South African war was a history of the past.' (Ency.Brit. 11th ed, vol.XXVII, pp.207-208). (3)