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Auction 180, Lot 42

"[Map of South Africa] The Absent-Minded Beggar",

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, South Africa

Period: 1900 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

17.4 x 18.1 inches
44.2 x 46 cm

This is a very unique Boer War souvenir handkerchief map of the Transvaal and Orange State in today's South Africa showing roads, railroads and rivers. Surrounding the map are portraits of Queen Victoria and Lord Roberts. Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Absent Minded Beggar" appears at left accompanied by Arthur Sullivan's music. The poem and song were used to raise money to support British soldiers and their families during the second Boer War, which lasted from 1899-1902 and required significant British troops and resources. Printed in London by the Daily Mail Publishing Co, Ltd.


Condition: B+

There is some light scattered foxing and staining, but otherwise in very good condition for the medium. Tiny pinholes in the corners.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/18/2020