This hardback book is in very good condition. The corners are a little bumped and there are various small marks on the cover, but it is in very strudy condition with a bowed but intact binding. Internally there are occasional ink marks, but the text is clear. The book contains 63 black and white photographic plates, which are of very good quality, and a sketch map of Africa from 1925.
This vivid and readable account is a comprehensive look at the character and spirit of the Kafir people. By Kafir, the author refers to all of the many and varied native tribes of South Africa. Kidd has nicely achieved his goal of writing a "warm-blooded character-sketch." Native life in all of its aspects is intimately described: Beliefs, Magic, Customs, Mental Characteristics, War, Domestic Matters, and Legal Procedures. The generous assortment of photos by the author depict everyday life well. "To enable a reader to see the world through Kafir eyes, and to feel it through Kafir finger-tips, it is essential to conserve all the living juices of a strange personality, not fearing to show up the vices and foibles of the native, for it is just these human failings and foibles which touch us with a sense of pathos and endear to us many a friend."-Kidd.