111 – This Month at Christison Rare Books

 

 

Dear Collector

One of the most remarkable amateurs to grace South Africa’s shores was Harry Bolus, pioneering botanist.  No fewer than five genera have been named after him.  Born in Nottingham in 1834, Harry Bolus arrived at Algoa Bay in 1850.  He spent the next twenty-six years in the eastern Cape, both in Grahamstown and Graaff-Reinet, excelling in business ventures and public affairs.  A family tragedy apparently sparked his interest in the study of plants.  According to the Dictionary of South African Biography:  “On 19.8.1864 Bolus’s son died of diphtheria; it has been said that this left Bolus in such a state of despondency that [his friend] Guthrie persuaded him to take up botany to take his mind off his bereavement.”

Bolus developed a particular interest in ericas and orchids.  This month we are proud to offer his most celebrated work, Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-tropicarum; or, Figures, with Descriptions, of Extra-tropical South African Orchids – otherwise known simply as Orchids of South Africa.  For background on this beautifully-illustrated set, again the Dictionary of South African Biography is most helpful:  “It was about the time of his first trip to Kew that Bolus began to take a special interest in the Orchidaceae.  Although several other botanical interests took up much of his time, he retained a particular interest in orchids until his death.  His first publications on Orchidaceae appeared in 1882, when, besides his ‘Notes on some Cape orchids’, he published ‘A list of published species of Cape orchideae’, prepared largely during a visit to Kew in 1881.  He published The orchids of the Cape Peninsula in 1888, many of the 102 species which he described being illustrated with partly-coloured plates, which he prepared himself.  This work was followed in 1893 by the first volume of his Icones orchidearum Austro-Africanarum extra-tropicarum.  Although he worked on two volumes, the second did not appear until just after his death in 1911.  A third volume was edited and completed by Miss H. M. L. Kensit, with nine extra plates painted by his son, Frank Bolus (1870-1945), and published in London in 1913.”

As recently as 1959, the previous owner of our Orchids of South Africa was able to purchase the work from the Bolus Herbarium.  Part One of the first volume was, however, unavailable.  One can speculate as to the reasons for this.  Had the catastrophic fire at Juta’s Adderley Street building in 1901, which destroyed so much of the firm’s stock, been responsible for the dirth of this part?  Possibly.  What we do know is that we have been able to partially atone for the incompleteness of the work by obtaining a modern reprint of the missing section.  This has been rebound in a style that fits in rather well with the three original volumes.

In keeping with the botanical theme, we have this month also included several other excellent books on plants in our list.

Like Harry Bolus, Olive Schreiner had a close acquaintance with the eastern Cape, and the Karoo in particular.  Best-known for her landmark novel Story of an African Farm, Olive Schreiner perhaps deserves recognition even more for the egalitarian spirit promoted in her many books and pamphlets.  This month we have an unusual ‘dream’ by Olive Schreiner, published by the American feminist Sarah E. Holmes – exceedingly uncommon in this form.  We have also included in the month’s list several other items either by, or about Olive Schreiner.

In addition to some recently catalogued items in the areas we generally cover, this month we also include a large section of books obtained new from the publishers, which we are now offering at very competitive prices.

Although the official exchange rate is currently hovering above R16: £1, we are pleased to offer our newsletter subscribers everywhere a preferential rate of R14: £1 for everything in this month’s list – effectively a reduction of around twelve percent.  As always, we hope we have found something for you.

Best wishes
Lindsay and Wendy

ART

Amshewitz, Sarah Briana: The Paintings of J. H. Amshewitz R.B.A. (London: B. T. Batsford, 1951) 4to; original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; printed dustwrapper with pictorial onlay to upper panel; pp. xiv + 66; plates, some of which in colour.  Price-clipped dustwrapper (housed in removable protector) rather foxed and edgeworn, with some archival tape repairs to reverse; earlier owners’ names to front endpaper; old tape mark to rear free endpaper; old tape repair to bottom edge of one plate leaf; quite foxed.  Good condition.  “The numerous colour and black and white illustrations to this book give a representative selection from Amshewitz’s life work.  Ten of the plates are in full colour and there are more than 80 monochrome reproductions of murals, portraits, drawings, water-colours and paintings.  These reproductions form a particularly impressive record of Amshewitz’s work in South Africa, an aspect of his oeuvre which is comparatively little known in England.  The text, by the painter’s wife, gives an intimate and fascinating account of J. H. Amshewitz’s life, his struggles and successes, and his many friends.  The whole book will provide a valued record of Amshewitz’s work for the many admirers of his art.” £20.00

BOTANY

Bolus, Harry: Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-tropicarum; or, Figures, with Descriptions, of Extra-tropical South African Orchids [Orchids of South Africa] (London: William Wesley & Son, 1896, 1911, 1913) Cover title: Orchids of South Africa.  Three royal 8vo volumes (Volume I, Part II, Volume II, and Volume III); original green cloth, lettered in gilts on spine and upper cover; all volumes unpaginated; a total of 250 partially coloured lithographic plates, with accompanying descriptions.  To complete the set, a monochrome facsimile of the first part of Volume I, initially issued in 1893 by Wesley and Juta, is supplied (in smaller octavo format), with a cloth binding approximating that of the other three books, and lettered in gilt on spine, with black endpapers as in the other volumes.  This book has a further fifty plates, here reproduced in monochrome.  In the case of the three original volumes:   A little light wear and stippling to cloth; some foxing to edges, sporadic, moderate foxing elsewhere; the leaves of Volume I, Part II, have been expertly re-set and stitched, owing to the disintegration of the earlier gutta-percha binding.  This volume also has new black endpapers, in keeping with the style of the other volumes.  A very good set of this celebrated work with its beautiful illustrations, the first book of the two-part Volume One also provided, in facsimile.  (Mendelssohn I, p. 149; SABIB 1, p. 237; Hosken, p. 21)  “It was about the time of his first trip to Kew that Bolus began to take a special interest in the Orchidaceae.  Although several other botanical interests took up much of his time, he retained a particular interest in orchids until his death.  His first publications on Orchidaceae appeared in 1882, when, besides his ‘Notes on some Cape orchids’, he published ‘A list of published species of Cape orchideae’, prepared largely during a visit to Kew in 1881.  He published The orchids of the Cape Peninsula in 1888, many of the 102 species which he described being illustrated with partly-coloured plates, which he prepared himself.  This work was followed in 1893 by the first volume of his Icones orchidearum Austro-Africanarum extra-tropicarum.  Although he worked on two volumes, the second did not appear until just after his death in 1911.  A third volume was edited and completed by Miss H. M. L. Kensit, with nine extra plates painted by his son, Frank Bolus (1870-1945), and published in London in 1913.” – DSAB I, p. 90. £1200.00

de Bray, Lys: The Art of Botanical Illustration. The Classic Illustrators and Their Achievements from 1550 to 1900 (Bromley: Christopher Helm, 1989) Folio; original green boards, titled in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 191, incl. index; profusely illustrated with reproductions in full colour of works by the classic botanical artists.  Very good condition; short tear to dustwrapper at head of spine panel, with tape repair to reverse side; faint tape marks to endpapers; some spotting to top edge and to half-title.  “In this fascinating survey, Lys de Bray, herself a noted flower painter, provides an informed, entertaining and revealing overview of the work of the greatest botanical illustrators of the various periods of history, linking their careers and achievements to the wonderful illustrations they created.” £6.50

Ellison, Don & Anthony: Cultivated Palms of the World (Pretoria: Briza Publications, 2001) 4to; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 257; profusely illustrated with full colour photographs of each of the species considered.  Fine condition.  “Cultivated Palms of the World is the most comprehensive book on the identification of palms ever published.  In full colour, the book illustrates 840 of the most common palm species and cultivars from around the world, and contains nearly 1300 photographs.  For each palm described, it shows a photo of a specimen and in many cases inset photos of fruit, trunks or other distinguishing features, as well as information on region / country of origin, size, growth habits, growing conditions and fruit and seeds.” £25.00

Gibson, Janet M.: Wild flowers of Natal (coastal region) (Durban, Trustees of the Natal Publishing Trust Fund, 1975) Pictorial dustwrapper, a little worn and soiled, endpaper map, pp. xi + 136, numerous colour plates. Cellophane dustwrapper beneath the pictorial dustwrapper, adhering a little to the rexine boards, as usual, inscription on the verso of the half-title-page, dustwrapper and edges slightly foxed. £14.00

Grabandt, Kees (compiler): Weeds of Crops and Gardens in Southern Africa (Johannesburg, CIBA-GEIGY, 1985) Folio; pictorial papered boards; no dust wrapper; pp. xiii + 134 + [134] + [xiv – xvii]; 134 full-page colour illustrations, largely by Barbara Jeppe.  A little light spotting to spine; trace of foxing to prelims.  Very good condition.  “This publication contains one hundred and thiry-four beautiful illustrations: ninety-one by Barbara Jeppe and forty-three by graduates of the scientific drawing class of the famous Karl Schmid of the Zürich School of Applied Art in Switzerland.  The description of the plants is kept to a minimum because the quality of the prints is of such a high standard that the plants can be easily identified without detailed descriptions which would make the book unnecessarily bulky.  However, a description of the physiology, reproduction and growth is included because these aspects should be thoroughly considered by the control measures to obtain cost-effective weed control.” £15.00

Holley, James, and Judy Tren: Boom. An appreciation of the life of Hunt Holley and some of his pioneer friends and relations (no place: the authors, 2002) 280 x 210 mm; pictorial wraps; pp. viii + 232, incl. index; maps; photographs; genealogical tables.  Likely author’s presentation inscription on title page.  Biography of the pioneer of Black Wattle growing and research in KwaZulu-Natal. £12.50

Huntley, Brian J., and others (editors): Strelitzia 1. Botanical Diversity in Southern Africa. Proceedings of a Conference on the Conservation and Utilization of Southern African Botanical Diversity, Cape Town, September 1993 (Pretoria: National Botanical Institute, 1994) 250 x 175 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (iv) + 412, tables; maps; graphs; photographs.  Near fine condition.  “Southern Africa, comprising Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, possesses one of the richest assemblages of plants in the world.  With over 30 000 species in ecosystems raging from desert dunes to rain forest, the subcontinent includes the hottest ‘hot-spot’ of floristic diversity on the planet, the Cape Floristic Region.  This volume brings together review articles and workship recommendations resulting from a regional conference held in Cape Town in September 1993.  It provides a comprehensive assessment of the patterns of plant diversity, the current conservation status of species and ecosystems, the traditional and potential uses of the flora and concludes with a detailed analysis of priorities for action within the region.” £40.00

Jeppe, Barbara (illustrator): Trees and Shrubs of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, Witwatersrand University Press, 1969) Compiled by members of the Tree Society of Southern Africa; 8vo; original red boards; pictorial dustwrapper very slightly rubbed and edgeworn; pp. xxii + 309, incl. index; detailed line drawings; some colour plates; slight moisture damage to one corner of some pages.  Fair to good condition.  “All tree-lovers and the growing number of South Africans who are becoming conscious of the varied beauties of their plant life and the need to preserve them for the future, will welcome this comprehensive, practical and beautifully illustrated guide.” £8.00

Jeppe, Barbara: Natal Wild Flowers (Cape Town: Purnell, 1975) 4to; original green boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. xiii + (i) + 118, incl. index; 56 full-colour plates; line drawings in text.  Dustwrapper rather rubbed and sunned, with two tears to top edge, sealed on reverse side with archival tape; slightest spotting to fore-edge.  Very good condition.  “Natal, although the smallest province in South Africa, has a remarkable variety of climates and soil types, resulting in a rich and varied flora.  In this book Barbara Jeppe has illustrated and described many of the well known species as well as a number of the more unusual.  The 56 colour plates and drawings of 284 species cover most of the important families and genera that have conspicuous flowers.  Some grow well in cultivation, others can be found in open grass-veld, in forest and bush or along the banks of streams and rivers.  The book has a wide appeal both to the professional botanist and the layman and will create an awareness and appreciation of the wealth of flora to be found in Natal.” £17.50

Lucas, Annabelle (author) and Barbara Pike (illustrator): Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand (Cape Town: C. Struik, 1987) 280 x 215 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. 113; illustrations, colour plates.  A little spotting to endpapers and edges.  Very good condition.  The book deals with some of the smaller wild flowers of the Witwatersrand. £8.50

Lucas, Annabelle and Barbara Pike (illustrator): Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand (Cape Town: Purnell and Sons, 1971 First Edition) Folio; pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. viii + 113 (including index); 16 colour plates; numerous black-and-white sketches. Some foxing to joints and top edges of pictorial boards; dustwrapper somewhat rubbed and edgeworn; rear free endpaper creased; sporadic foxing, particularly noticeable in margins of final leaves. Good to very good condition. £10.00

McMahon, Liz (illustrations), and Michael Fraser (text): A Fynbos Year (Cape Town: David Philip, 1988) 4to; original green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xiv + 162, incl. index; line drawings, photographs and full-colour artwork.  Near fine condition.  “The southern and south-western Cape, which has a richer plant life than that of the whole British Isles, forms one of the major floral kingdoms of the world, and is home to a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.  In A Fynbos Year, Liz McMahon portrays a selection of the remarkable diversity of plant and animal life encountered in this region over the course of a year.  Her illustrations are complemented by Michael Fraser’s general review of fynbos natural history.  What they have chosen to include are those plants and animals which may easily be found in fynbos and those which have a particularly interesting ‘story’ in terms of lifestyle, rarity or appearance, or which are essential components of the fynbos ecosystem.  The result is both a visual delight and an informative introduction to what is the world’s smallest and, for its size, richest floral kingdom.” £12.50

Moon, Brenda E.: A Vision of Eden. The Life and Work of Marianne North (London: The Stationery Office, 1993) 4to; original brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine, and with gilt pitcher plant device to upper board; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 240, incl. index; lavishly illustrated with full-colour reproductions of the artist’s paintings, some photographs, and scenes of Marianne North at work.  Scuff to front endpaper.  Near fine condition.  A beautiful book.  “Marianne North, an unmarried middle-aged Victorian lady of comfortable means, set off in 1871 on her first expedition to make a pictorial record of the tropical and exotic plants of the world.  The story of her travels to every continent in the world, often alone and enduring hardships and dangers in conditions so primitive as to be outside the experience of the modern generation, is told in this abridged version of her travel memoirs and autobiography, first published in 1893 under the title Recollections of a Happy Life.  The results of her wanderings were her astonishing collection of over 800 paintings, now housed in the Marianne North Gallery at Kew, and this is the first time that they have been reproduced in book form.” £6.50

Palgrave, Keith Coates: Trees of Southern Africa (Cape Town: Struik, 1981) 8vo; pictorial boards; pp. 959 (including index); colour plates; line drawings; distribution maps.  Name of previous owner on front free endpaper; slight browning especially to endpapers and edges; boards a little bumped.  Very good condition.  “Easy to use, authoritative and complete, here, after six years of intensive research and preparation, Keith Coates Palgrave presents all the trees in Southern Africa in one handy volume.  This remarkable book will be invaluable to layman and botanist alike and is fully keyed for easy reference.” £8.00

Palmer, Eve, and Norah Pitman: Trees of South Africa (Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1961) 4to; original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and with gilt device to upper cover; fine dustwrapper; tinted top edge; pp. 352, incl. index; folding map of ‘The Indigenous High Forest of South Africa’; plates, incl. colour; line drawings depicting leaves and fruit.  Tape marks to endpapers; some fingering to prelims.; edges a little browned and spotted.  Good to very good condition, in a fine dustwrapper.  ‘South Africa possesses one of the most magnificent floras in the world, yet the tree life has gone comparatively unnoticed.  This is the stranger when one considers what riches it contains, from the soft silver and the classic shape of the silver tree of the Cape to the baobab, that ancient and dramatic guardian of our northern boundary. … This is the first book to be published on the indigenous trees of South Africa as a whole.  It is not a book for botanists only – although the botanical facts have been carefully checked.  Rather it is a book for the layman and for all those with little knowledge of botany who are yet interested in South Africa’s beautiful and varied tree life.  One hundred and seventy trees are described in detail – their distribution, habit, foliage, flower, fruit, and timber properties, but, because trees have their own personalities as living things, their “characters”, too, are outlined, where possible – their likes and dislikes, their idiosyncrasies, their uses, the legend and story that surround them.’ £22.50

Pienaar, Kristo: The South African What Flower is That? (Cape Town: Struik, 1984) 4to; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 368, incl. index; profusely illustrated with beautiful full-colour photographs; illustrated family key.  Tape marks to endpapers.  Very good condition.  “The South African What Flower is That? is a long-needed reference for anyone who would love to grow his own garden and house plants but doesn’t know the first thing about them.  More than 1 500 of the annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and vines most commonly found in South African gardens and parks are easily identified by superb full-colour photographs.  The accompanying text is brief and to the point, detailing each plant’s origin, how, when and where to plant it and even how it can be propagated.  Clear, informative symbols tell the reader at a glance of a plant’s needs, such as how resistant it is to frost or wind, how much water it requires, whether it is sun or shade loving and much more.  Professor Kristo Pienaar, head of the Department of Botany, University of the Western Cape, is an exuberant, colourful personality who manages to inter-link his hobbies and his work to the joy of flower lovers throughout South Africa.” £12.50

Rauh, Werner: Bromeliads for Home, Garden and Greenhouse (Poole, Blandford Press, 1979) 8vo; original tan boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xiv + 431, incl. index; identification keys; photographic plates, including many in colour; line drawings in text; dustwrapper somewhat creased.  Very good condition.  “The two volumes, translated into English and presented in one volume, according to Professor Rauh’s recommendations, . . . fills the void in the existing literature and represents a major publishing landmark.  All of the 134 coloured plates, 315 black and white photographs and 90 line drawings of the original German volumes have been retained for this edition.  The book is exciting because it covers the entire field of Bromeliads, dealing with their botany, collecting in the field, acclimatising, seed sowing, growing, propagation.” £20.00

Rousseau, Frank: The Proteaceae of South Africa (Cape Town: Purnell, 1971) 4to; original papered boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xvi + 110, incl. index; full-colour photographs.  Tape scars to dustwrapper flaps and free endpapers, crease to front free endpaper, otherwise very good condition.  “It can truly be said that there never will be another book like this one.  Some species have already become extinct, others are doomed to extinction and all are fated to become more rare.  Frank Rousseau was only just in time when he set out to make a complete photographic record of the South African Proteaceae.  Not all the Proteaceae are shown in this book – there are nearly 400 distinct species in southern Africa – but the work is representative of the full range, and the brilliant and dramatic photographs have been reproduced throughout in full colour.  The pictures have been taken of the flowers growing wild in their natural habitats, which may be anywhere in the ragged mountains from Grahamstown across the width of the Republic to Cape Town and, from there, northwards as far as Clanwilliam.”

Scott-Shaw, Rob: Rare and Threatened Plants of KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring regions. A plant Red Data Book (Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service, 1999) Folio; laminated pictorial boards; pp. (6) + iv + 182 (including index) + 8 colour plates containing 92 colour photographs; 96 line drawings; distribution maps of 70 species; numerous tables, graphs and lists.  Signed by the author on the title page. Fine condition (New). “The focus of this book is the more than 10% of the flora that is rare and threatened.  Its primary function is to serve as a Red Data Book but it offers more general interest, especially for the layman. This book describes over 620 rare and threatened plants and covers KwaZulu-Natal, southern Mocambique, southern Swaziland, southern Mpumalanga, eastern Lesotho, and northern Eastern Cape. £20.00

van Gogh, Joan, and John Anderson: Trees & Shrubs of the Witwatersrand, Magaliesberg & Pilanesberg (Cape Town: Struik, 1988) Folio; original pale boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 112, incl. index; full-page colour leaf and fruit illustrations; line drawings illustrating growth form; distribution maps and habitat diagrams.  Fine condition.  “In this book, artist Joan van Gogh illustrates the magnificent trees and shrubs of the Witwatersrand, Magaliesberg and Pilanesberg – a highly populated area, long-neglected by botanical writers, yet surprisingly rich in its indigenous tree life.  The 150 vivid and accurate colour paintings are supplemented by field data, carefully compiled over the past fifteen years by Joan van Gogh and leading palaeobotanist, Dr John Anderson of the Botanical Research Institute.  The text covers the characteristic features of the bark, leaves, fruit and flowers of each of the 159 indigenous species known to occur in the area.  The accounts include distribution and habitat maps; habit sketches; an indication of the plant’s height and items of general interest.” £15.00

von Breitenbach, F.: Suid-Kaapse Bosse en Bome. ‘n Gids deur F. von Breitenbach (Pretoria: The State Printer, 1974) Folio (302 x 225 mm); original green rexine gilt; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (iv) + 328, incl. index; leaf keys; monochrome photographs and line drawings.  Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed.  Near fine condition.  Afrikaans edition of Southern Cape Forests and Trees.  “Die doel van die boek is om die inheemse bosse van die Suid-Kaap aan die leser bekend te stel; om hom te help om hierdie grootste natuurbosse van Suid-Afrika te leer ken: hul waarde en geskiedenis, hul samestelling en struktuur, hul bome en plante en diere. …Die boek beslaan uit 328 bladsye en behels 470 illustrasies: 1 boskaart, 1 tipeskema, 243 foto’s en 225 lyntekenings, laasgenoemdes dur Jutta von Breitenbach, die outeur se vrou.” £24.00

CAPE, EASTERN & WESTERN

Burman, Jose: The Cape of Good Intent (Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 1969) Author’s signed presentation inscription to the earlier owner, J. F. Midgley (“Herr Dokter”) on front free endpaper; also signed by the author on the title page.  8vo; original green boards; pictorial dustwrapper housed in removable protector; plates; map.  Dustwrapper a bit edgeworn, with archival tape repairs to reverse, and sunned on spine panel; edges browned; trace of foxing.  Very good condition.  ‘In this volume Jose Burman dips back into the past and comes up with some fascinating examples of the Good Intent which was always so obvious at the Cape, but which so often did not come to fruition. … Written from an original viewpoint, this book teems with interest for all those who love the “Fairest Cape”.’ £10.00

Coetzee, Cora: Eikestad. A collection of pen and wash drawings of Stellenbosch / ‘n Versameling gekleurde pentekeninge van Stellenbosch (Cape Town: Struik, 1976) Oblong 4to; original coarse cloth, lettered in olive green to spine and upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; unpaginated (but pp. 76); thirty-four full-page illustrations: picture on recto and descriptive text in English and Afrikaans on facing verso.  Dustwrapper partially sunned on lower panel, with some foxing to reverse; spine very slightly cocked; ownership inscription to front pastedown; some tape marks to rear free endpaper; trace of spotting to edges.  Very good condition.  “This collection of pen and wash drawings captures the essential character of Stellenbosch, a village which has come to symbolise so much of South Africa’s cultural heritage.  It is not intended as a comprehensive survey but rather as the artist’s impressions of the place that she knows and loves.” £10.00

Collier, Joy: Stellenbosch Revisited (Stellenbosch: University Booksellers and Publishers, 1959) Small 4to; laminated pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 67; line drawings.  Earlier owner’s name to front pastedown; trace of foxing; tape marks to rear free endpaper; slight bump to bottom edge of lower board.  Very good condition.  “Profusely illustrated with sensitive drawings by the author, this book blends together the fascinating story of the Stellenbosch of yesterday and today, and will be of equal interest to those whose knowledge of the town is limited to a short visit, as well as to the students who throng its streets, and the townspeople themselves.  Miss Collier has searched the records for her material and drawn on the memories of some of the older inhabitants to produce an informative and delightful book which will appeal to everyone.” £5.00

Fehr, William: Treasures of the Castle of Good Hope / Skatte in die Kasteel de Goede Hoop (Cape Town: Board of Trustees, Castle Art Collection, in collaboration with Nasionale Boekhandel, 1966) Folio; original white rexine lettered in grey to spine and upper cover, with pictorial onlay to upper cover; pictorial endpapers; pp. 140, incl. index; profusely illustrated, partially in full colour.  Gift inscription to front pastedown; some tape marks to endpapers; a little foxing.  Very good condition.  Text in English and Afrikaans.  ‘This book has been planned with an introduction dealing with the “Background to the Collection” and covers the paintings, furniture, china, glass and silver to amplify the brief captions to the illustrations.  To create a perspective of the periods into which the various exhibits fall, reference is made to some of the principal events leading to the settlement of the Cape and the historical significance of the Castle itself.  Short chapters introduce the visitor to each of the rooms in turn and draw his attention to objects of special interest on view in them.  It is hoped that in this way the book will fulfil the purpose of a guide and also be valued as a memento by those who have enjoyed their visit to the Castle of Good Hope.’ £7.50

Greenland, Cedryl: A Century in Shreds (Cape Town: the author, [1980]) 232 x 171 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. 104; reproductions of contemporary photographs and artwork.  Wrappers a little curled and quite fishmothed.  Good condition.  Recollections of a Cape family’s experiences in the century between 1880 and 1980, with much on the principal events through which they lived, notably the Anglo-Boer War. £8.50

Greenland, Cedryl: Echoes of Yesterday (Fish Hoek: the author, 1973) Signed by the author on the title page.  4to; original yellow boards, with black lettering to upper board; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 263; photographs and line drawings.  Dustwrapper somewhat creased, foxed and rubbed, with penned title to spine panel and archival tape repairs to reverse; spine a little cocked; earlier owner’s bookplate to front pastedown; edges, endpapers and outermost leaves a bit foxed; tape marks to front free endpaper.  Good.  Local history from Fish Hoek on the Cape Peninsula. £10.00

Metrowich, F. C.: Assegai Over the Hills (Cape Town: Howard B. Timmins, 1953) 8vo; original dark green cloth, lettered in black on spine and upper cover; no dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (viii) + 215, incl. index; plates.  Cloth rather fishmothed; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; some foxing to edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Fair to good.  The story of the Eastern Cape and its troubled frontier, with much on the 1820 Settlers, the Xhosa, the remote mission stations and colourful characters. £8.50

Metrowich, F. C.: The Valiant But Once (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1956) 8vo; original red boards, lettered in black on spine and upper cover; no dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 230, incl. index; plates.  Corners turned and covers partially sunned, backstrip especially so; elaborate gift inscription to half-title; rather browned; some foxing.  Fair to good.  An account of the Cape colony’s troubled eastern frontier and some of its key historical figures. £5.00

Midgley, John F.: Kommetjie, C.P. – its story (Cape Town: the author, 1984) Second and revised edition.  8vo; original blue boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map and endpaper photographs; pp. 90, incl. index; maps; photographs; line drawings.  Dustwrapper somewhat edgeworn and foxed; some foxing.  Good to very good condition.  Liberally illustrated account of the life of this village on Cape Town’s west coast, written by a longterm resident. £8.50

Midgley, John F.: Kommetjie, C.P. – its story (Cape Town: the author, 1975) Signed by the author on the title page.  8vo; original blue boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 90, incl. index; maps; photographs; line drawings.  A little spotting; signed by previous owner on front pastedown; trace of tape marks to rear free endpaper.  Very good condition.  Liberally illustrated account of the life of this village on Cape Town’s west coast, written by a longterm resident. £12.50

Midgley, John F.: Kommetjie, C.P. – its story (Cape Town: the author, 1984) Second and revised edition.  8vo; original blue boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map and endpaper photographs; pp. 90, incl. index; maps; photographs; line drawings.  A little spotting; signed by previous owner on front pastedown; trace of tape marks to rear free endpaper.  Very good condition.  Liberally illustrated account of the life of this village on Cape Town’s west coast, written by a longterm resident. £10.00

Naude, Adele: Cape Album (Cape Town: Howard Timmins Publishers, 1979) 4to; original brown boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers, pp. 112, numerous illustrations, including facsimiles.  Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed and edgeworn, and a bit sunned on spine panel; bottom edges of boards a touch rubbed; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown; tape marks to rear free endpaper, front free endpaper verso, and half-title; a little light foxing.  Good to very good condition.  Loosely inserted are some press reviews of the book and an obituary for the author, plus items of pre-publication correspondence between the author and Dr Midgley, a previous owner of the book.  ‘This book, compiled by well known literary figure Adèle Naudé, is intended to give the general reader a brief, overall picture of life in Cape Town and its surroundings in the first half of the nineteenth century.’ £10.00

Newton, C. P. (text): City of Cape Town Royal Visit 1947 (Cape Town: The Cape Peninsula Publicity Association, 1947) Catalogue title from upper cover.  226 x 288 mm; stiff, printed card wrappers, with coat-of-arms onlay in central square; pictorial endpapers; unpaginated (but pp. 32, excl. endpapers); liberally illustrated.  Yapp edges a bit eroded.  Very good condition.  “This souvenir brochure is produced for the Corporation of the City of Cape Town to mark, in an enduring form, the visit of His Majesty King George VI accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. … The aim has been to present a broad pictorial impression of Cape Town about the time of this historic royal visit.” £20.00

Vaughan, Iris: The Diary of Iris Vaughan (South Africa: Howard Timmins, 1969) 8vo; original blue papered boards; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 62; cartoon illustrations in text.  A little foxing to dustwrapper; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown and bookplate to half-title; pages browned, as usual, and moderate foxing throughout; tape marks to rear free endpaper.  Good to very good condition.  “The nostalgic account of the author’s life as a young girl in the South Africa of yesteryear proved a fantastic bestseller when first published years ago, and the demand is such that a reprint proved imperative.  May it bring as much pleasure to new readers as it has given to so many others in the past.” £5.00

LITERATURE

Du Plessis, I. D.: New Quatrains of Omar Khayyam and Other Poems (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1980) 8vo; original pale grey boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 160.  Dustwrapper rather edgeworn and somewhat rubbed; edges of boards a little bumped; gift inscription to front free endpaper.  Good condition.  “The personality of Omar Khayyam, partly revealed to the West by Fitzgerald, expands in these new Quatrains not rendered by him – even if piety and humility lead back to the Tavern Door.  In The Passing Show, while using a freer modern technique on occasion, Du Plessis remains a traditionalist, with a firm belief in the discipline of the older verse forms.  Song of Venus is a romantic poem of unusual form (ten-line stanzas, with the first six in free verse, the last four rhymed).  Its theme is the endless struggle between man and superman: man elated with his apparent conquest, and woman smiling at his Pyrrhic victory.” £12.50

Krige, Uys: The Way Out (Italian Intermezzo) (Cape Town: Unie-Volkspers, 1946) 8vo; original pale blue cloth, lettered in red on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. 384.  Trace of sunning to edges of boards; front endsheet adhering; earlier owner’s name signed to front free endpaper verso; some rippling to prelims.; edges and outermost leaves somewhat foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Good condition.  “If I had been more interested in the style of this book than in its content I would have written it in my own language – Afrikaans.  But this is a book which I had on my conscience – on my conscience as a human being and not as a literary craftsman – and which, I felt strongly, should be written in English so that documentary evidence as to exactly what happened in Italy after the 8th September, 1943, should be accessible to the peoples of the two countries at present most concerned with Italy – namely, the British Commonwealth and America.  This is not an imaginative work.  I have created no sympathetic character sooner or later to polish him off in order to obtain a major effect.  I have not harmonised or orchestrated my incidents and situations.  I have struck rigidly to the facts.  I have set down, as faithfully as I could, just what happened to me.” £20.00

NEW BOOKS

Bryant, John: 3:59.4. The Quest to Break the Four-Minute Mile (London, Hutchinson, 2004) 8vo; original black boards; spine gilt; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. x + 310, incl. index; monochrome photographic plates.  NEW.  “The record-breaking achievement of Bannister, Brasher and Chataway made the front pages around the world, heralding what historians may come to regard as the most significant sporting triumph of the twentieth century.  On hearing the news, the Oxford Union passed a motion that they should adjourn for 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.  Congratulations poured in from around the world.  The telegram from Paavo Nurmi said simply: ‘Well done Britain.’ . . . This is the story of the long quest for the ‘Magic Mile’, almost two hundred years in the making.  The methods the runners used, the secrets they uncovered, were passed like a baton through the generations, until the quest reached its climax on 6 May 1954, when Roger Bannister, Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher united to achieve the impossible.” £7.50

Cope, Richard: Ploughshare of War. The Origins of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 (Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1999) 230 x 150 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. x + 288, incl. index; map; contemporary photographs.  As new.  “There have been numerous books on the famous battles of the Anglo-Zulu war.  What has hitherto been lacking is a full-scale study of how the war came about.  There is general agreement that it was in some sense an outcome of Colonial Secretary Lord Carnarvon’s attempt to confederate South Africa.  But was it simply an unintended by-product of the attempt to implement the confederation scheme?  Or did this scheme positively require the destruction of the Zulu kingdom (as well as other African states) in order to make South Africa safe for white supremacy and British capital?” £10.00

Crais, Clifton, and Pamela Scully: Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus. A Ghost Story and a Biography (Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2009) 8vo; charcoal cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xiv + (ii) + 232, incl. index; monochrome illustrations; map.  As new.  “Displayed on European stages from 1810 to 1815 as the Hottentot Venus, Sara Baartman was one of the most famous women of her day, and also one of the least known.  As the Hottentot Venus, she was seen by Westerners as alluring and primitive, a reflection of their fears and suppressed desires.  But who was Sara Baartman?  Who was the woman who became the Hottentot Venus?  Based on research and interviews that span three continents, Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus tells the entwined histories of an illusive life and a famous icon.  In doing so, the book raises questions about the possiblities and limits of biography for understanding those who live between and among different cultures.  In reconstructing Baartman’s life, the book traverses the South African frontier and its genocidal violence, cosmopolitan Cape Town, the ending of the slave trade, the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, London and Parisian high society, and the rise of racial science.  The authors discuss the ramifications of discovering that when Baartman went to London, she was older than originally assumed, and they explore the enduring impact of the Hottentot Venus on ideas about women, race, and sexuality.  The book concludes with the politics involved in returning Baartman’s remains to her home country, and connects Baartman’s story to her descendants in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa.  Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus offers the authoritative account of one woman’s life and reinstates her to the full complexity of her history.” £20.00

Davis, Harold Delacour, and Grant Delacour Davis: Memoirs of a Transkei Trading Family (Ashburton: Brevitas, 2011) Large 8vo; laminated pictorial boards; pp. (iv) + vi + 245, incl. index; several photographs, plans, maps and line drawings in text.  New.  This attractive book consists of two parts.  It includes a transcript of recollections of pioneering life in the Transkei by Harold Delacour Davis, born in Pondoland in 1901.  There are further reminiscences by Grant Delacour Davis, son of Harold, who relates experiences from childhood on his parents’ trading station at Wilo, Mqanduli district, and from holidays at Coffee Bay. £17.50

De Villiers, Marq, and Sheila Hirtle: Timbuktu. The Sahara’s Fabled City of Gold (New York: Walker & Company, 2007) 8vo; original brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xiv + 302, incl. index; maps; monochrome illustrations in text.  As new.  “Timbuktu – the name still evokes a faraway place, the metaphor for remoteness.  However, in its heyday, Timbuktu was one of the centers of the world.  Founded in the early eleventh century by Tuareg nomads, within two centuries Timbuktu became a wealthy metropolis and a nexus of the trans-Saharan trade: salt from the deep Sahara, gold from Ghana, and money from slave markets all flowed through Timbuktu.  Merchants returning to their homelands spread stories of a fabulous place with spires of gold, rich beyond measure, with wise and generous kings. … Yet, faded as it is, and despite a long history of jihad in the region, Timbuktu itself has triumphantly foregone fanaticism to preach a tolerant version of Islam, even though that religious tolerance is again under attack.  Poverty and ambition also threaten the city’s survival, but sources as diverse as UNESCO, the Ford Foundation, and the South African government are helping preserve and translate Timbuktu’s precious repository of ancient manuscripts and, in so doing, ensure its future.  Using sources dating deep into Timbuktu’s fabled past, alongside contemporary interviews with cultural historian Abdel Kader Haïdara and other residents and officials, de Villiers and Hirtle have produced a spectacular portrait of this epic city of gold.” £10.00

Dennison, C. G.: Zulu Frontiersman [A Fight to a Finish] (London: Frontline Books, 2008) Edited by Ron Lock and Peter Quantrill.  8vo; original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xiii + (i) + 255, incl. index; frontis. portrait; plates.  As new.  “In ‘Zulu Frontiersman’, Dennison recounts his remarkable exploits in rich and lively prose.  Originally published in 1904 in abridged form (under the title ‘A Fight to a Finish’) his riveting memoirs have been expertly reworked by Ron Lock and Peter Quantrill.  This new edition reinstates many details missing from the earlier published account including his life growing up on the frontier; the early wars in southern Africa and crucially, his experiences during the Anglo-Zulu Wars.  With vivid descriptions of the key battles and skirmishes of the period, as well as intricate details of everyday life, it provides a rare and personal glimpse into this fascinating era of military history.” £12.50

Dennison, Clive: A Brief History of the Wild Coast (Ashburton: Brevitas, 2008) Signed by the author. 206 x 146 mm; pictorial wraps; pp. (vi) + vi + 174; map; facsimiles; photographs, incl. some in colour.  New.  “Many people, including myself, have very fond memories of childhood holidays on the Wild Coast.  The smell of road dust, thatch and coastal bush transports me back to those happy times.  As a child, I just wanted to enjoy the swimming and fishing and exploring.  I thought the Wild Coast was a great place, but I didn’t think too much about it in any other terms.  Except that I wanted to know what’s around the corner.  Such curiosity can be exhausting because it makes one continually restless and on the move to the next corner, and the next and the next.  In this way, I came to know about the physical arrangement of the Wild Coast and what is where, for example.  But the questions didn’t stop.  How did it come to be the way it is?  What people were involved?  When did they come?  Who did what, and why and how?  And then what happened?  Where will it lead?  This book presents some of what I have found out as an amateur explorer wandering about, asking questions.” £14.00

Duffey, Alex, with Gerard de Kamper and Daniel Mosako (text): Anton van Wouw (1862 – 1945) (Pretoria: University of Pretoria, 2010) 200 x 200 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 80; full-colour photographs with descriptive and explanatory text.  As new.  The essential guide to the doyen of South African sculptors.  An eye-catching presentation.  “This Anton van Wouw (1862-1945) retrospective exhibition aims to bring together for the first time, not only the most complete collection of all the sculptures of South Africa’s most important historical sculptor, but also to publicly display the most exceptional bronze casts of each of his individual works.” £30.00

Fletcher, Jill: The Story of Theatre in South Africa. A Guide to its History from 1780 – 1930 (Cape Town: Vlaeberg, 1994) 4to; original brown boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 160; text in double columns; numerous illustrations.  Fine copy.  ‘In The story of South African Theatre (1780 – 1930) Jill Fletcher presents us with a most enjoyable and highly readable account of the early South African theatre history.  Not only has she finally made FCL Bosman’s monumental research accessible in English, but by skilfully utilising her own research, has managed to clarify and effectively illustrate particular aspects of that almost forgotten era. This richly illustrated book will enhance the understanding of the complex and dynamic entertainment industry. A book which will be enjoyed by all.’ £6.50

Hackett, R. G. (compiler): South African War Books. An illustrated bibliography of English language publications relating to the Boer War of 1899-1902 (London: Privately Printed, 1994) 4to; original black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. x + 205; lavishly illustrated in full-colour and monochrome.  As new.  The essential reference on early works in English relating to the Anglo-Boer War.  “South African War Books is a comprehensive guide to Boer War literature published up to 1920.  The author, drawing on his extensive collection, and other sources, has produced an important reference embracing general histories, regimental records, official publications, personal accounts and numerous other items, many privately printed.  Over 200 reproductions of covers and title pages are present, many printed in colour.  The volume will be of considerable value to collectors and dealers and to those generally interested in Victorian military history.” £30.00

Hillebrand, Melanie (compiler and editor): Art in Perspective – Southern Nguni (Port Elizabeth: King George VI Art Gallery, 1990) 205 x 148 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial card wrappers; pp. (iv) + 57; some diagrams.  Fine condition.  Descriptive catalogue of an exhibition of over six hundred items – largely beadwork – from Bhaca, Bomvana, Mfengu, Mpondo, Mpondomise, Thembu, Xesibe, Xhosa and other sources.  The book includes a foreword by Dr Melanie Hillebrand, Director of the King George VI Art Gallery, an Introduction by Dr Erich H Bigalke, an essay on ‘Art as Artefact: Another Way of Seeing,’ by Patricia Davison of the South African Museum, and another essay on ‘Classification of Glass Trade Beads,’ by Sharma Jeanette Saitowitz of the University of Cape Town’s Archeology Department.  ‘In their monumental publication The Material culture of the Cape Nguni Shaw and Van Warmelo’s comments remind us of the difference between Western and African attitudes to art.  Despite the acceptance of a “universal human urge to create something beautiful”, the arts in Western society seem to have become the exclusive preserve of the technocrat/philosopher and an increasingly inflationary art market.  One looks with relief at the pleasingly democratic view that all members of society may participate in the creative process and that all items produced in this spirit may be accepted as “Art”.’ – From the Foreword. £10.00

Hughes, Heather: First President. A life of John Dube, founding president of the ANC (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2011) 235 X 155 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. xxiii + (i) + 312, incl. index; plates.  As new.  “John L. Dube is mostly remembered today as the founding president of the African National Congress in 1912, yet it is the sheer breadth of his achievements that impresses.  Inspired by the struggles of African Americans for political and social equality, he became the leading campaigner for Africans’ rights in South Africa through the first half of the twentieth century.  Apart from being active in Congress politics, he was the founder of the Ohlange Institute near Durban (where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in the first democratic elections of 1994), and of the newspaper Ilanga laseNatal – both of them still in operation.  In addition to being a farmer and Congregational clergyman, he authored the first Zulu novel and published several other works besides.  In this splendid biography, Heather Hughes traces the story of his life, revealing much about the man and his world that has been either hidden or forgotten.  With the centenary of the ANC being celebrated in 2012, it is fitting to restore its first president to a prominent place in our history.” £15.00

Jackson, Alfred de Jager: Manna in the Desert. A Revelation of the Great Karroo (Hilton: Brevitas, 2008) 8vo; original green rexine, lettered in gilt on spine and upper board; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (x) + xxiii + (i) + 256 + (xiv); period and recent photographs, the latter in colour.  New.  “Manna in the Desert, first published in 1920, offers a fascinating insight into life on a Great Karoo farm in the 19th century.  Life experiences are brought within feeling and smelling range through the author’s extraordinary powers of observation, reflection and description, his attention to detail, his thoughts about the environment and ecology decades before ecosystems was ever a buzzword, his enviable command of English, and his ability literally to turn into poetry some of his thoughts about both the mundane and the profound as he brings to us his ‘revelation of the Great Karroo’.” £15.00

Kawa, Richard Tainton: Ibali lamaMfengu, and, Kunganjani Kusiyiwa eKapa? (Grahamstown: Cory Library, 2011) Text facsimile of the 1929 Lovedale Press first edition, including the original foreword by D. D. T. Jabavu, and with a new introduction by Vathiswa Nhanha and Jeff Peires.  This is the first volume in the Cory Library’s ‘Eastern Cape Reprints’ series.  210 x 148 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. xxviii + (viii) + 116.  As new.  “In his introduction, Richard Kawa tells us that he conceived of writing a history of all the black nations and their chiefs while still a student at Healdtown in the 1870s.  He travelled far and wide to collect material, and preserved many genealogies and praises that would otherwise have been lost.  Kawa tried to assist Reverend Whiteside in writing the History of the abaMbo (1912), but he fundamentally disagreed with Whiteside’s interpretations more especially on the critical question of how King Hintsa treated the Mfengu refugees, and he wanted to set the record straight.  Several passages in Ibali lamaMfengu reveal Kawa was one of the very first black nationalist thinkers.  This edition includes his article ‘Kunganjani kusiyiwe eKapa?’ published in Imvo Zabantsundu in 1886.  Many later historians, including DDT Jabavu and KK Ncwana, built on the foundations laid by Richard Kawa, but his book has become almost unobtainable.  Cory Library at Rhodes University in Grahamstown has preserved one of the few surviving copies.  We have pleasure in making this facsimile reprint available, which gives you the original text in isiXhosa, just as Kawa wrote it, with an introduction in English by Vathiswa Nhanha and Jeff Peires of the Cory Library.” £12.50

Kotzé, Willem D.: Kalaharijoernaal (Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis, 2006) 216 x 137 mm; laminated pictorial wraps; pp. 225; map.  As new.  Afrikaans text.  “Dit is veral die mense van Aranos se wêreld wie se stemme in Kalaharijoernaal gehoor word, die mense wat in die ongenaakbare wêreld langs die Nossobrivier ‘n bestaan gemaak het.  Maar daar is ook die sagter geluide van die Kalahari se wild, die springbokke, die groot elande en koedoes, die kiewiete, die sandpatryse en die sonbesies wie se skril stemme oor die rooi sand bewe.  Vir dié wat soek, wag daar immers ‘n verrassing after elke duin, só leer die Kalaharikind vroeg al.” £12.50

Laband, John: Kingdom in crisis. The Zulu response to the British invasion of 1879 (Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1992) 8vo; original red boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. x + (ii) + 272; maps.  As new.  “This is the first history of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 to examine in full the complexities of the Zulu response to the British invasion of their kingdom.  John Laband does more than substitute a Zulu perspective of the campaign for the traditional British one.  He also shows that to explain why the Zulu failed to withstand the invaders it is necessary to relate analysis of social, economic, political and diplomatic issues to questions of military capability, strategy, tactics and actual performance in battle.” £12.50

Lagan, Cathal, with Basil Somhlahlo and Brian Walter: Mendi. Poems on the Sinking of the Mendi (Alice: Echo Poets, 1994) Title taken from upper cover.  207 x 141 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial card wrappers; pp. (vi) + 42.  Fine condition.  Printed by the historic Lovedale Press.  ‘The Mendi was carrying troops of the Labour Contingent when, in the early morning mist, she was involved in a collision with the Darro, a friendly ship, in the English Channel.  Over 600 men lost their lives in the dark, icy waters.  While this has been one of South Africa’s greatest military disasters, it has not been given enough official recognition in South Africa.  However, the Mendi has been honoured by the Xhosa poet, Mqhayi.  More recently Norman Clothier wrote a comprehensive account of the disaster in Black Valour (Natal University Press, 1987).  Hilary Graham’s Exhibition “Mendi” is undoubtedly the most comprehensive pictorial monument to the disaster.  The present booklet represents the response by three poets working at the University of Fort Hare to a challenge from Hilary Graham to write about the Mendi disaster.’ £8.50

Lakeman, Sir Stephen: What I Saw in —–land (Uckfield: Naval & Military Press, 2003) 216 x 140 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. xi + (i) + 211.  Fine condition.  Text facscimile of the William Blackwood edition of 1880.  Lakeman had served in the Hungarian and Algerian Wars, and desired to gain recognition in the British army through his expertise in warfare rather than by purchasing a commission.  He considered the Minie rifle an excellent weapon, but could not persuade the British Army to this effect.  However, he was permitted to equip a unit, at great personal expense, with uniforms and his favoured rifle.  His recruits were, according to Mendelssohn, described by Captain King as “a most extraordinary contingent, all equipped in leathern helmets, and with ‘crackers’ and frock-coats of the same stuff; many of them dare-devil fellows, ready for anything, and all admirably cut out for bush work.”  The unit distinguished itself in the Waterkloof engagement, and was thereafter named the Waterkloof Rangers.  Although Lakeman considered himself to have been snubbed by the military establishment, he was knighted by Queen Victoria at the age of twenty-four. £15.00

Le Quellec, Jean-Loïc (text), and Paul Bahn (translation): Rock Art in Africa: Mythology and Legend (Paris: Editions Flammarion, 2004) 4to; original black boards, lettered in blind on spine and upper board; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 212; lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs of the sites and the rock paintings and carvings, also with some diagrams in text.  As new.  A visually stunning book.  “Travelers to Africa who discover its rock paintings and engravings are fascinated by their esthetic appeal, and never fail to wonder about their meaning.  Rock Art in Africa: Mythology and Legend provides a panorama of the great parietal assemblages of the whole continent, which the author divides into four major geographical zones: The Sahara, the intertropical zone of central Africa, Azania, and southern Africa.  They are characterized by a variety of stylistic choices, ranging from accentuated realism to an almost abstract symbolism.  The photographs, tracings, and drawings that illustrate Rock Art in Africa bear witness to the originality of the art.  The author places the works in the context of their discovery by the great explorers, and then deciphers their hidden meanings, discarding erroneous traditional readings that have often been too easily adopted, and proposing new interpretations.  He evokes tales and legends, which make it possible to achieve a partial elucidation of these prehistoric images and to reconstruct the mythology of the remote, or not so remote, past; he also analyses the myths that these works of art in their turn have aroused within Western culture.” £20.00

Parr, Henry Hallam: A Sketch of the —- and Zulu Wars. Guadana to Isandhlwana (Uckfield: The Naval & Military Press, 2004) 186 x 122 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (vi) + 283; maps and battle plans, incl. one in full colour.  Text facsimile of the original edition.  As new.  “A vivid and colourful account of the ‘—-‘ and opening phase of the Zulu wars, written by Captain Henry Hallam Parr, an officer who was military secretary to Sir Bartle Frere, the chief British administrator in South Africa. After a brisk account of the British subduing of the — tribes at Guadana, Parr gets into the more bloody business of the Zulu campaign in January 1879. An eye-witness, he describes the disastrous slaughter of Lord Chelmsford’s advance column at Isandhlwana, the greatest British military reverse at the hands of an African tribe. This defeat is balanced by the ever-heroic story of Rorke’s Drift; the Natal outstation successfully defended against a huge horde of Zulus by the Welsh 24th Regiment of Foot and some Royal Engineers, commanded by Lieutenants Chard and Bromhead. Parr’s writing is clear and lively, and he is an admirer of the military qualities and reckless courage of the Zulus as well as the British. The book is accompanied by excellent situation maps of both Isandhlwana and Rorke’s Drift.” – Publisher’s synopsis. £16.50

Rako, Susan: No More Periods? The Blessings of the Curse (Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2006) 215 x 140 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 191, incl. index.  As new.  “Dr. Rako discusses a growing body of information that deflates the notion that menstrual suppression is a viable option for women.” £4.00

Rako, Susan: That’s How the Light Gets In. Memoir of a Psychiatrist (New York: Harmony Books, 2005) 8vo; original papered boards, lettered in metallic red on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 207 + (i).  As new.  “That’s How the Light Gets In is an intelligent and intensely personal story from a highly respected doctor, author, and advocate for women’s health issues.  Dr. Rako’s insightful stories of self, family, friends, patients, and colleagues bear witness to the power of discovering and standing to one’s truth.  Susan Rako will inspire you to look within yourself and acknowledge your deepest ambitions, develop your own imagination, and learn to break through the boundaries and limitations that each of us places on ourselves.  That’s How the Light Gets In will inspire you to live the life you’ve always wanted to live – the life of your dreams.” £5.00

Rako, Susan: The Hormone of Desire. The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999) 200 x 130 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 140 + (i).  As new.  “This is the book you’ve been hearing about!  Dr. Susan Rako has brought her groundbreaking message about the miraculous benefits of testosterone – the FEMALE hormone – to women and physicians around the world via Oprah!, Dateline NBC, the New York Times, the Congress on Women’s Health, and the Today show, among others.  Dr. Rako is at the forefront of the research into testosterone replacement therapy, educating women and their doctors about the essential role testosterone plays in a woman’s sexual and physical well-being. … In this revised and updated edition, Dr. Rako introduces crucial new information that points to the need for adequate levels of testosterone as a key factor in protecting women from heart attack and stroke.  The Hormone of Desire has become the standard-bearer for a new age of women’s health, giving women and their doctors the opportunity to make informed decisions.” £4.00

Schaefer, Arne (compiler): Life & Travels in the Northwest 1850-1899. Namaqualand, West Coast & Bushmanland (Cape Town: Yoshi Publishing, 2008) 220 x 160 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 260, incl. index; line drawings by Tony Grogan; two folding maps.  New.  “A new era started in Namaqualand in 1850.  The red gold, copper, started to flow from the underground veins in increasing streams, nourishing industry and economic growth.  People flocked to this new Eldorado in the desert.  These are the stories told by travellers, miners, a cleric, engineers, a transport rider, geologists, surveyors and a quirky magistrate – describing some incredibly harsh conditions of life and labour, the hazards of travel, the locals and their foibles, the conflicts, as well as some lighter moments of the half-century that followed.” £20.00

Schlosser, Katesa: Wandgemälde des Blitz-Zauberers Laduma Madela; Motive zu Mythologie, Magie und Soziologie der Zulu; … Deutsche Texte von Manuskripten Madelas nach den Übersetzungen aus dem Zulu ins Englische durch Professor C.L.S. Nyembezi und Vincent Z. Gitywa, B (Kiel: Kommissionsverlag Schmidt & Klaunig, 1971) 240 x 170 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. (x) + 60 + (ii); plates, incl. folding; diagrams.  Near fine.  German text.  The German anthropologist Katesa Schlosser, who passed away in 2010 at the age of ninety, focused on African indigenous churches.  The Zulu prophet and “lightning wizard” Laduma Madela was an important informant in her studies. £6.50

Scotney, Pearl: Sutton Diaries (Port Elizabeth: the author, 2010) Sub-title reads: “A review of the life and contribution of Sir George Morris Sutton (KCMG) to the Colony of Natal based on his personal diaries (1872-1898). It also covers the period of his life in Natal until his death in 1913”.  238 x 160 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. 372, incl. index; endpaper map; liberally illustrated.  New.  “George Sutton and his family arrived in Colonial Natal in 1872.  He acquired farmland near Howick and soon made his mark in agricultural circles and in the political arena.  It is fortuitous that he left behind a most valuable set of diaries covering the period 1874 to 1898.  These, together with other reference works, enabled the author to review his contribution to the development of the Colony up to the time of Union in 1910.  He pressed for technological advancement among farmers and played a leadership role in the wattle bark industry.  He tirelessly fought to see Responsible Government granted to Natal in 1893.  George Sutton became Prime Minister of Natal in 1903 and was knighted (KCMG) in the following year.  The book provides insight into conditions prevailing in the Colony, especially in the Midlands of Natal at that time.  The names of many prominent personalities are noted.  Apart from political issues the book reveals details of family matters, farming operations, social contacts, church affairs and the hardships and joys faced over a period of 41 years.  No complete biography has been written on Sir George and this book does not purport to take the place of a full biography.  This attempt aims to give recognition to issues thus far neglected and to summarise his Diaries.” £25.00

Stirk, Doris: Southwell Settlers (Southwell: the author, 2010) 250 x 162 mm; pictorial wrappers; map to inner wrappers; pp. xiii + 155, incl. index; line drawings; photographs; maps.  As new.  The Southwell settlers were an important component of the Albany settlement started in 1820.  Since its first printing, this book has become something of a minor classic, and a first reference for those interested in the lineage of such families as Estment (Esmond), Keaton, McLuckie, Stumbles, Ford, Dell, Penny, and Stirk. £17.50

Taylor, Stephen: Livingstone’s Tribe. A Journey from Zanzibar to the Cape (London: Flamingo, 2000) 195 x 128 mm; laminated pictorial wraps; pp. x + 260, incl. index; plates; two maps.  As new.  ‘Stephen Taylor, a third-generation émigré of British descent, finds a melancholy collection of white misfits and failures … as well as a heroic, dwindling clutch of missionaries still holding the line … The catalogue of theft, corruption, murder and superstition that Taylor chronicles makes appalling, fascinating reading.’ – Daily Mail.  ‘At the book’s heart is a riveting examination of Livingstone’s tribe … the whites of post-independence Africa.’ – Independent on Sunday £5.00

MARITIME

Armstrong, Richard: The Merchantmen (London: Ernest Benn, 1969) 4to; original green boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 128, incl. index; monochrome illustrations; maps.  Tape marks to rear free endpaper; occasional spotting.  Very good condition.  Volume 3 in the series ‘A History of Seafaring’.  ” … Richard Armstrong brings his history of seafaring to date with an account of the development of the carrying trade, dealing not only with the enormous expansion and fundamental changes that have taken place in ships and shipping over the last two hundred years, but also with the economic and political pressures that lay behind them. … Richard Armstrong shows the growth of docks, marine insurance, and other essential facilities, as well as achievements of individual seafarers in a period when the ethos of their profession was changing beyond recognition.  Illustrated with many pictures and maps.” £5.00

Grütter, Wilhelm: A name among seafaring men: a history of the training ship General Botha (Cape Town, The T.B.F. Davis Memorial Sailing Trust, 1973) 4to; original charcoal cloth with gilt titles; dustwrapper; gilt heraldic device to blue endpapers; pp. (viii) + 173, photographic illustrations.  Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; earlier owner’s name to front pastedown; trace of light foxing; tape marks to rear free endpaper.  Very good condition. ‘Here is the story of a ship that gained world reknown for its cadets since it began training boys for the merchant fleet in 1922. Lucidly and dispassionately, its course from ex-RN cruiser to stone frigate is charted through the hazards of controversy by which it was sometimes beset. Through the history of the General Botha wlak the shades of the men it made: admirals and actors, fighter pilots and “sky pilots”, port captains, army privates and a professor; fire chiefs, naval officers, teachers and a mayor. Botha Boys, mariners who have manned every kind of ship fro a tug to a windjamer across the Seven Seas, will find a treasure trove of reminiscence in these pages, whose who love the sea and ships will be continuously fascinated.’ £8.50

Rosenthal, Eric: Cutlass and Yardarm (Cape Town: Howard B. Timmins, 1954) 8vo; original blue boards; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 187 + (iii), incl. index; line drawings as head-pieces.  Dustwrapper a little tanned; top edge of boards a bit eroded and fore-corners bumped; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown; tape marks to rear free endpaper; some spotting.  Fair to good.  ‘Who would fail to feel stirred by tales of pirates and mutinies in which South Africans have been concerned?  Captain Kidd himself, King of all Pirates, had sundry exciting transactions with the authorities at Cape Town.  There is the story of the great mutiny at Simonstown, which temporarily crippled the British Navy in our seas.  Who but Eric Rosenthal would have found the astonishing facts about the “Boer Navy” and of the ship which Paul Kruger chartered to support the efforts of his burghers?  Then he tells us of the terrible secret of Seaman Brookes of the Union Castle Line, – and there is the mystery of the “Perthshire,” – and the story of a South African who, living in the Twentieth Century, had been chased by pirates as a youngster.’ £6.50

OLIVE SCHREINER

Berkman, Joyce Avrech: The Healing Imagination of Olive Schreiner. Beyond South African Colonialism (Oxford: Plantin Paperbacks, 1990) 230 x 148 mm; pictorial wraps; pp. xii + 317 (including index); black-and-white photographs.  Near fine condition.  “Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) rose to international fame as the first major white South African writer of fiction, as an eloquent advocate of feminism, socialism, pacifism, and free thought, and as a trenchant critic of British imperialism and racism. … This well-crafted interdisciplinary study examines Schreiner’s lifelong struggle to heal the maladies afflicting the Victorian social anatomy and its moral and intellectual dimensions.  Using both known and hitherto unmined sources, Joyce Avrech Berkman probes the connection between Schreiner’s thought and her primary personal experiences, all within the context of the social and political climate of her day.” £6.50

Buchanan-Gould, Vera: Not Without Honour. The Life and Writings of Olive Schreiner (Cape Town: Hutchinson & Co, no date) 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in black on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. 248, incl. index; frontispiecce and black-and-white plates.  Spine tanned, and a little worn at head and tail; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; lower hinge fragile, but with archival tape reinforcing; endpapers and edges somewhat foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Good condition.  At the time of its publication, the author of this work was able to write:  “As there are few people alive to-day who knew Olive Schreiner personally, I have been fortunate in having been able to meet many of those most intimately connected with her in South Africa, where, with the exception of fourteen years, she spent her life.  Had this research been postponed, it is likely that much information would no longer have been obtainable. … There is only one other book on Olive Schreiner in existence.  This is extraordinary in view of the fact that those who knew her best describe her as a dynamic, dominant personality with exceptional intellectual powers.  What makes the paucity of literature on this writer even more inexplicable is that much of her work remains as vivid and challenging to-day as when it was written, over half a century ago.” £5.00

Buchanan-Gould, Vera: Not Without Honour. The Life and Writings of Olive Schreiner (London: Hutchinson & Co, 1949) 8vo; original blue cloth; no dustwrapper; pp. 248; frontispeice and black-and-white plates.  Endpapers browned and a little tape-scarred. £5.00

Friedmann, Marion V.: Olive Schreiner. A Study in Latent Meanings (Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 1955) 210 x 136 mm; printed wrappers; pp. (x) + 69, incl. bibliography.  Wraps very slightly sunned and discoloured; bookplate of Cameron McClure inside upper cover.  Very good condition.  “Olive Schreiner was born in 1855, and died at the age of sixty-five.  The greater part of her life was spent in wretchedness: she suffered from ill-health from about the age of seventeen and from painfully-tinged emotional disturbances from a much earlier age.  Biography is frequently regarded as an interloper in criticism and, indeed, it does not help us with questions of value.  My concern in this study, however, is not with the value of Olive Schreiner’s work, although I make judgements, but with the relationship between her personality and her material. … In our time Olive Schreiner has, I think, more admirers than readers, but not as many admirers as she deserves.  There is room for disagreement about her stature as a writer but, whatever that stature may be, she must claim our attention.  Her comment on George Sand is applicable to herself: she was greater than her work.” – Author’s introductory note. £20.00

Schoeman, Karel: Olive Schreiner: ‘n lewe in Suid-Afrika 1855-1881 (Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 1989) 8vo; original purple boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 584, incl. index; plates; map.  Evidence of fluid ingress at head of spine, with stain to dustwrapper at that point, otherwise very good condition.  Afrikaans text.  “Hierdie boek is die eerste gesaghebbende biografie van die beroemdste vrou wat Suid-Afrika nog opgelewer het, waarin die vyf-en-twintig jaar van haar lewe voor haar vertrek na Engeland in 1881 aan die hand van uitgebreide oorspronklike navorsing herskep word.  Tewens is dit egter ook ‘n uitbeelding van die wêreld waarin sy grootgeword het en ‘n tydperk wat moontlik die mees dramatiese, opwindende en beslissende kwarteeu in die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika uitmaak.  Nie net word ‘n veel vollediger oorsig van Schreiner se vroeë lewe, ontwikkeling en werk hier gebied as wat tot dusver beskikbaar was nie, maar sy word duidelik in haar historiese konteks geplaas.  Die resultaat is ‘n boeiende en insiggewende beeld van ‘n uitsonderlike vrouelewe in uitsonderlike omstandighede.” £17.50

Schreiner, Olive: Arbeid en die Vrou (Johannesburg, Cosmos Publikasies, 1975) “Internasionale Jaar van die Vrou” Afrikaanse Taalfees Jaar 1975 Gedenkuitgawe.  Vertaal en versorg deur Adèlemarie van der Spuy en Adriaan S. van der Spuy.  8vo; original red leatherette gilt; pp. (x) + xii + 138; line drawings in text.  Slight wear at head of spine; corners very slightly bumped; previous owner’s discreet hand-stamp on front free endpaper; short tear to top edge of flyleaf.  Afrikaans text.  Afrikaans translation of Olive Schreiner’s classic work Women and Labour. £8.50

Schreiner, Olive: Losse gedachten over Zuid-Afrika door Olive Schreiner, naar het Engelsch door J.A. Bientjes (Haarlem, H.D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon, 1900) Original pictorial cloth, gilt, soiled, pp. (iv) + 131, frontispiece portrait of the author. Text lightly browned, some foxing on the preliminary pages and edges, pencilled marks on several pages. Fair. SABIB, Vol. IV, page 165: ‘A [Dutch] translation of some of the articles in her ‘Thoughts on South Africa.’ £12.00

Schreiner, Olive: Three Dreams in a Desert. Under a Mimosa-Tree (Boston: Sarah E. Holmes, 1897) 180 x 117 mm; original printed, stitched wrappers; yapp edges; pp. 14.  Wrappers a little soiled; earlier owner’s hand-stamp to inside of upper cover.  Very good.  Not in SABIB in this form.  Uncommon.  “She was a distinguished writer of allegories, or what she called ‘dreams’.  Dreams was published during her lifetime (London, 1891) and Stories, Dreams and Allegories posthumously (1923).  In spite of their outward simplicity these literary tableaus – in which symbols of temptation and virtue play major roles – have considerable subtlety and force.” – DSAB I, p. 699.  ‘Three Dreams in a Desert’ first appeared in the maverick ‘Quarterly Review’, being republished separately by Sarah Elizabeth Holmes in 1887, before its inclusion in ‘Dreams’ (1891).  Holmes, a pioneer of American feminism, reissued the work in this version of 1897.  In ‘Sarah Elizabeth Holmes: The Study of a Silenced Woman’, Wendy McElroy acknowledges the significance of this publication:  “Before appearing within ‘Liberty’ in her own voice, Holmes made significant contributions to the literature of liberty through her translations and her publication of the works of others.  In 1887, for example, Holmes published Olive Schreiner’s feminist prose-poem ‘Three Dreams in a Desert’ … ” £75.00

Schreiner, Olive: Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland (Johannesburg: Ad. Donker, 1974) Introduced by Marion Friedmann.  8vo; original red papered boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 124.; frontispiece photograph tipped in.  Quite foxed throughout.  Good condition.  Features the gruesome frontispiece photograph showing the execution by hanging of three Africans, with the caption:  “From a photograph taken in Matabeleland; except for this present edition, the photograph only appeared in the first edition of this book in 1897 – see pages 20 and 22.”  Olive Schreiner, like her brother Theophilus Lyndall Schreiner, was once an outspoken apologist for Cecil John Rhodes, but completely changed her view of the arch imperialist.  According to the dustwrapper blurb for this edition, “The reasons for her change of opinion are reflected in Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland, an allegorical and savage attack on Rhodes and his British South-Africa Company.  Through Peter Halket, a simple soldier engaged in putting down a rebellion in Mashonaland … , Olive Schreiner slams Rhodes and his methods of implementing his ideals.”  £7.50

Schreiner, Olive: Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897) First edition.  8vo; original green ribbed cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; top edge gilt; pp. 264 + publisher’s adverts.; frontis.  Cloth rubbed and rather worn at extremities; spine somewhat cocked; re-cased, with new endpapers and cloth hinges; bookplate of Cameron McClure to front pastedown, with penned accession note beneath; frontis. tissue-guard missing; some foxing.  Fair to good.  (Mendelssohn II, p. 281; Hosken, p. 177)  Features the gruesome frontispiece photograph showing the execution by hanging of three Africans.  Olive Schreiner, Like her brother Theophilus Lyndall Schreiner, was once an outspoken apologist for Cecil John Rhodes, but completely changed her view of the arch imperialist.  According to the dustwrapper blurb for the Donker edition of this book, “The reasons for her change of opinion are reflected in Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland, an allegorical and savage attack on Rhodes and his British South-Africa Company.  Through Peter Halket, a simple soldier engaged in putting down a rebellion in Mashonaland … , Olive Schreiner slams Rhodes and his methods of implementing his ideals.”  £20.00

Van Wyk Smith, Malvern and Don Maclennan (editors): Olive Schreiner and After.  Essays on Southern African Literature in honour of Guy Butler (Cape Town: David Philip, 1983 First Edition) 8vo; original brown boards; dustwrapper; pp. xvi + 233; frontispiece portrait.  Very good condition.  “Nineteen essays on southern African literature have been contributed by contemporary critics in Canada, America, England, Australia and South Africa; there are also two poems written specially for Guy Butler by David Wright and Douglas Livingstone, a dedication by Athol Fugard, and a select bibliography of Guy Butler’s publications.  Part One focuses on Olive Schreiner.  The essays on her life and work represent a wide range of interest: historical, biographical, sociological, and political, as well as literary.  Two of South Africa’s leading writers, Nadine Gordimer and Alan Paton, have contributed their responses to the challenge Schreiner made to them as future writers.  Part Two has a variety of essays on southern African literature after Schreiner, on such diverse topics as ‘Dickens and the Zulus’, ‘A Poem about Revolution’, and ‘The Lyric Poetry of Guy Butler’. £10.00

RHODESIA

Baxter, T. W., and R. W. S. Turner: Rhodesian Epic (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1966) 4to; original red rexine, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. (viii) + 239, incl. index; profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, etchings, facsimiles, etc.  Very good dustwrapper with trace of foxing to reverse side; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown and gift inscription to front free endpaper verso; old tape marks to rear free endpaper; some foxing to edges and outermost leaves; front endpaper lifting somewhat at gutter.  Good to very good condition.  “Two prominent historians have spent years on obtaining the material for this history of Rhodesia, a history that has nothing to do with U.D.I. as apart from the last chapter it virtually ends in the 1920’s.  Apart from being an ideal gift book it will interest everyone interested in the early days of the country.  All the material is authentic and the adventures experienced – and so well described – will surely keep the reader entranced.” – Dustwrapper blurb.  “Rhodesian Epic is a collection of pictures that tells the story of Rhodesia from the earliest times down to the granting of self-government in 1923.  The aim has been to convey visually a series of events that are normally described only in words; with this end in view the text has been kept to a minimum.  Pictures, of course, cannot reflect the Rhodesian story in its entirety but they do capture much of the drama and splendid richness of the country’s past.” – From the Preface £12.50

Fitzpatrick , J. Percy: Through Mashonaland with Pick and Pen (Johannesburg: Ad. Donker, 1973) Edited and introduced by A.P. Cartwright.  8vo; original green boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 136.  Gift inscription to front free endpaper; tape marks to endpapers; some scattered foxing.  Very good condition.  Originally published in 1892, the book was compiled from Percy Fitzpatrick’s despatches while he was a member of the 1891 expedition bound for Mashonaland. £12.50

SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY AND POLITICS

Burman, Jose: 1652 and so forth (Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 1973) 4to; original blue boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 234 + (ii), incl. index; cartoon illustrations.  Trace of spotting to reverse of dustwrapper; trace of fishmothing to edges and rear endpaper; some spotting; gift inscription to front free endpaper.  Good to very good condition.  ‘Readers who have come to expect of Jose Burman entertainingly told home truths about history will not be disappointed with this volume.  In this book the author has gathered humorous incidents of South African history, from Jan van Riebeeck to the Boer War.  Wittily illustrated by Jackson, these little-known facets of history not only throw light on the past, but make amusing and interesting reading.  Here you will meet Noah’s Wildebeest, the baboon that sounded the Castle alarm, the Battalion of Illegitimates, and the horse “Cracker” that broke in recruits for the Natal Mounted Police; you will learn how Anders Sparrman made “snake-juice”, of the night Sir John Barrow was saved by a Hottentot girl’s steatopygia, how the Royal Navy drank tea instead of rum, Prince Alfred’s adventures at Howick, and much besides.  So, in the author’s word, “join in enjoying a laugh at History”.’ £7.50

Burman, Jose: Disaster Struck South Africa (Cape Town: Struik, 1971) Signed by the author on the title page, with his signed presentation inscription to earlier owner Dr. J. F. Midgley on the front free endpaper.  8vo; original brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (xii) + 203, incl. index; plates; full-page line drawings.  Dustwrapper a bit rubbed, and sunned on spine panel; some stippling to top edges of boards; trace of soiling to fore- and top edges; a little foxing to endpapers.  Good condition.  “In this book Jose Burman deals with the disasters which have studded the fantastic expansion of this country – disasters from which some lands might never have recovered, but which scarcely marred the progress of South Africa.  Some disasters changed the history of the land: the killing of the Xhosa cattle broke the power of that nation, and opened the way to peaceful expansion of the Cape Colony’s borders; the great fire of 1869, by destroying the indigenous forest that barred the way to the early travellers, allowed the completion of the coastal road system that created the Garden Route. … But this book is not a mere catalogue of past horrors – it carries a message of hope for the future.  The author shows how misfortune brings out the best in people, and describes the response to the challenge by those South Africans who have stood firm in the face of disaster.” £15.00

Davies, Horton: Great South African Christians (Cape Town: Oxford University Press, 1951) 8vo; original red cloth, lettered in black on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. vii + (i) + 190, incl. index.  Gift inscription to front free endpaper and earlier owner’s name to front pastedown; endpapers and edges somewhat foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Very good condition.  Chapters are devoted to the following luminaries:  Georg Schmidt, John Philip, Robert Moffat, William Shaw, Daniel Lindley, Robert Gray, Eugene Casalis, David Livingstone, Francis Pfanner, Andrew Murray, Khama Boikano, James Stewart, Francois Coillard, Jan Lion Cachet, Stefanus Hofmeyr, Ernest Creux and Paul Berthoud, Mother Cecile and John White. £10.00

Ebersohn, A. J. J.: Die Algemene Verkiesing van 1981: ‘n Oorsig (no place: BA Honours dissertation [institution not stated], 1981) 292 x 209 mm; plain green cloth-backed side-stitched card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 79 + (vii); printed rectos; graphs; facsimiles.  Trace of soiling to wrappers and fore-edge; cloth spine slightly fishmothed; earlier owner’s hand-stamp to title page.  Very good condition.  Afrikaans text.  An overview of the whites-only South African General Election of 1981, contested by the ruling National Party, the New Republic Party, the Herstigte Nasionale Party, the National Conservative Party, and the Progressive Federal Party.  The work includes the election manifesto of each of these parties, and concludes with facsimiles of official correspondence with the author from several party representatives. £10.00

FitzRoy, V. M.: Dark Bright Land (Cape Town: Maskew Miller, 1955 First Edition) 8vo; original red boards; no dustwrapper; pp. 327.  Sunned on backstrip; edges slightly rubbed; name of previous owner on front pastedown; some browning; occasional fox spot.  Good to very good. “Dark Bright Land is the story of four different strains of the same family converging in South Africa between the years 1820 and 1852, the motives that prompted them to come here, the joys and sorrows, excitements and despairs that awaited them, and the achievements they wrought over the years.  The story actually begins in 1775, and ends in 1881; it is set in the old Cape Colony and the Albany district, Natal in its infancy, and in the Boer Republics.  This most vital period in the growth of our country is rich with human passions and purposes, and the author reflects these with meticulous attention to historical accuracy  which adds to the authenticity of the story she has to tell.” £6.50

Lefuo, E. M.: The Evolution of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa with Special Reference to the Azanian People’s Organization AZAPO in the Second Half of the 20th Century (Bloemfontein: MA dissertation [University of the Orange Free State], 1996) Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in History.  297 x 210 mm; ring-bound sheets, with transparent yellow upper cover, and clear white card lower cover; pp. (ii) + 49 + (27); printed rectos; some facsimiles.  Very good condition.  This is the later component of the author’s MA thesis, the earlier part being entitled ‘The Origin and Development of Black Nationalism in South Africa up to 1960’.  Much on Steve Biko. £17.50

Lefuo, E. M.: The Origin and Development of Black Nationalism in South Africa up to 1960 (Bloemfontein: MA dissertation [University of the Orange Free State], 1996) Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in History.  297 x 210 mm; ring-bound sheets, with transparent orange upper cover, and clear white card lower cover; pp. (ii) + iv + 159; printed rectos.  Very good condition.  This is the earlier component of the author’s MA thesis, the later part being entitled ‘The evolution of Black consciousness movement in South Africa with special reference to Azanian People’s Organization–Azapo in the second half of 20th century.’ £17.50

Midgley, Thelma [and J. F. Midgley]: Familia Starke. The Stud-book 1972, with Pedigrees or Genealogical Tables (Cape Town: the author, 1972) Signed presentation copy.  Inscription to title page reads:  “To Joan and Derek Allderman. This edition is limited to 350 copies.  With the author’s compliments. (Signed).”  Small 4to; original grey boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper maps; pp. 124; monochrome photographs; errata slip.  Edges of dustwrapper’s lower panel very slightly crumpled; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; some foxing to endpapers, outermost leaves and edges.  Very good condition.  Story of the Starke family in South Africa, from its roots in East Anglia to the time of the book’s publication.  “Much has been written on the genealogy of Afrikaans families and of families founded by 1820 Settlers, but there are other families of English origin which have contributed a great deal to life in South Africa and which merit attention.  It is good to note, therefore, the attention given to the Starkes in Familia Starke by Jack Midgley of Kommetjie and his wife Thelma, who was born a Starke.  And, considering the contribution the family has made to cattle breeding in the Western Cape in the past century, Familia Starke has an appropriately humorous sub-title – The Stud Book 1972 with Pedigrees or Genealogical Tables.” – From a press notice at the time of the book’s publication. £20.00

Midgley, Thelma [and J. F. Midgley]: Familia Starke. The Stud-book 1972, with Pedigrees or Genealogical Tables (Cape Town: the author, 1972) J. F. Midgley’s own copy, and signed to this effect on the front free endpaper.  Inscription to title page reads:  “This edition is limited to 350 copies.”  Small 4to; original grey boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper maps; pp. 124; monochrome photographs; errata slip.  Dustwrapper very slightly creased and edgeworn, with some tape marks; some foxing and tape marks to endpapers; a little spotting; penned marginalia by one of the co-authors; press notice about the book to half-title, with offset to front free endpaper verso. Very good condition.  Story of the Starke family in South Africa, from its roots in East Anglia to the time of the book’s publication.  “Much has been written on the genealogy of Afrikaans families and of families founded by 1820 Settlers, but there are other families of English origin which have contributed a great deal to life in South Africa and which merit attention.  It is good to note, therefore, the attention given to the Starkes in Familia Starke by Jack Midgley of Kommetjie and his wife Thelma, who was born a Starke.  And, considering the contribution the family has made to cattle breeding in the Western Cape in the past century, Familia Starke has an appropriately humorous sub-title – The Stud Book 1972 with Pedigrees or Genealogical Tables.” – From a press notice at the time of the book’s publication. £20.00

Ningiza, Boomerang Sagweba Solwazi: The Transformation of the ANC from an Elitist Orgnanization into a Mass-based Political Movement (Alice: BA Honours dissertation [University of Fort Hare] in unpublished form, 1992) Mini-dissertation, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a BA (Hons) degree, prepared by an undergraduate in the Department of History at the University of Fort Hare.  297 x 210 mm; side-clamped printed blue card wrappers; pp. (ii) + xi + (i) + 79, printed rectos.  Fine.  The author’s M.Phil thesis, ‘An analysis of opposition politics in the Eastern Cape in the period from 1992-1999, with special reference to the PAC and the UDM’, was submitted to the University of Port Elizabeh in 2001. £15.00

Rosenthal, Eric: Other Men’s Millions (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, no date) 8vo; original blue cloth; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 224, incl. index; plates.  Dustwrapper a little foxed and edgeworn (some loss to tail of spine panel), with archival tape reinforcing to reverse, and old tape stains; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown; some spotting to edges, occasionally elsewhere; trace of tape stains to rear free endpaper. Very good condition.  “Other Men’s Millions is the story of fortunes made – and lost – in the rip roaring days when South Africa was the Mecca of adventurers from all parts of the world.  Here we learn about the Cape’s first millionaire of a century ago, the incredible Jonas van der Poel.  The adventures of Sir John Swinburne, who tried to obtain a monopoly of all the gold in the Transvaal.  We meet Henry Barnato, whom nobody knew, yet he left six times as much money as his famous brother Barney; the Cook Brothers of Pondoland, who employed a British Prime Minister as their lawyer.  Details are given of the fantastic drama of the Cyanide Case, on which depended the whole future of the Rand.  South Africa’s famous ‘Quiz’ expert again gives the public a book of fascinating facts about our country.” £8.50

Rosenthal, Eric, and L. E. Neame: Today’s News Today. The Story of the Argus Company (Johannesburg: The Argus Printing & Publishing Co., [1956]) 8vo; original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; dustwrapper; pp. (vi) + 310; plates.  Dustwrapper a bit rubbed and edgeworn, with damp-stain to tail of spine panel, with slightest ingress to cloth; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; earlier owner’s name and another penned notation to front endpaper; edges and endpapers and outermost leaves somewhat foxed; tape marks to rear free endpaper.  Good.  “On January 3, 1857, a steam press in a print shop in Longmarket Street, Cape Town, threw off the first copy of a new paper, The Cape Argus.  Today, one hundred years later, The Cape Argus is one of 13 newspapers owned or controlled by The Argus Printing and Publishing Company.  The story of how it and those other newspapers were established, of the men who produced them, and of their growth and gradual merging into one group, is a part of, and at the same time a mirror of, the history of Southern Africa.” £5.00

Swanepoel, B. R.: Swart nasionalistiese geskiedskrywing: Die gesigspunte van S. T. Plaatje, Govan Mbeki en W. M. Tsotsi met spesifieke verwysing na grondbesit (Bloemfontein: BA Honours dissertation [University of the Free State] in unpublished form, 1996) Mini-dissertation, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a BA (Hons) degree, prepared by an undergraduate in the Department of History at the University of the Free State.  297 x 210 mm; ring-bound sheets, with transparent plastic upper cover and plain white card lower cover; pp. ii + 54 (printed rectos); map.  Fine.  Afrikaans text, with English excerpts.  The author considers the subject of land ownership in South Africa from three perspectives:  that of the ‘moderate’ S. T. Plaatje in ‘Native Life in South Africa’, that of the ‘liberal’ Govan Mbeki in ‘South Africa: The Peasants’ Revolt’, and that of the ‘radical’ W. M. Tsotsi in ‘From Chattel to Wage Slavery.’  A study of particular interest in view of the centenary of the Native Land Act of 1913. £15.00

Thokoa, Khotso Francis: The Witsieshoek Rebellion of 1950. A Mini-Thesis (Bloemfontein: MA dissertation [University of the Orange Free State] in unpublished form, 1995) Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in History.  297 x 210 mm; plain yellow ring-bound card wrappers; pp. (i) + 58 + (iv); printed, or photocopied rectos.  Very good condition.  A study of particular interest in view of the centenary of the Native Land Act of 1913.  ‘This study (mini-thesis) is an integral part of the theme “The politics of racism and resistance in South Africa, 1948-1966”.  This theme has been dealt with in some detail in the six seminars that are bound in a separate cover.  The mini-thesis seeks to analyse the causes and effects of the rebellion that took place at Namoha Village in Witsieshoek on Monday 27 November 1950.  The study will therefore attempt a critical analysis of the events that led to this bloody rebellion in which two white policemen were killed and seventeen others injured; and fourteen blacks were killed and scores of others injured.  This bloody clash was a product among the Basotho and indeed blacks in general of racist oppressive government policies.  Apart from wars of dispossession that go back a long time, the establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910 worsened the problem of landlessness by passing the Native Land Act (no. 27 of 1913) which left 13% of the land for the exclusive occupation of blacks, most of which was barren or semi-barren.’ £15.00

Twala, Chitja: Identifying and Recording Three of the Important Heritage Sites Pertaining to the History of the Black People in the Free State (Bloemfontein: BA Honours dissertation [University of the Free State] in unpublished form, 1997) Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a BA Honours degree in History.  297 x 210 mm; ring-bound sheets; transparent blue plastic upper cover and blue card lower cover; pp. (v) + 60; printed rectos; some facsimiles, photographs and maps.  Academic’s corrections in red pen here and there.  Very good condition. £10.00

Walker, Jean: Skin Deep. The Autobiography of a woman doctor (Cape Town: J. F. Midgley, 1977) Publisher’s presentation inscription to title page.  8vo; original brown boards; pictorial dustwrapper with later lamination; illustrated pastedowns; pp. (xii) + 171, incl. index; photographs and monochrome illustrations.  Earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; loosely inserted press review of the book.  Very good condition.  “I have … written the stories of my ancestors and my own reminiscences and have allowed myself to expand on those aspects which I believe to be of general interest and perhaps even amusement.  In particular I have done my best to draw a pen picture of my beloved father, Eric Anderson Walker, as I knew him and his famous works.  I have glossed over my own sadnesses and heartaches and extracted some of the more light-hearted anecdotes from the kaleidoscope of my life, referring ‘pari passu’ to episodes in recent and contemporary History as they have impinged on me.” £12.50

Walker, Jean: Skin Deep. The Autobiography of a woman doctor (Cape Town: J. F. Midgley, 1977) 8vo; original brown boards; pictorial dustwrapper; illustrated pastedowns; pp. (xii) + 171, incl. index; photographs and monochrome illustrations.  Name signed on title page; trace of fishmothing to dustwrapper; a little spotting to edges.  Very good condition.  “I have … written the stories of my ancestors and my own reminiscences and have allowed myself to expand on those aspects which I believe to be of general interest and perhaps even amusement.  In particular I have done my best to draw a pen picture of my beloved father, Eric Anderson Walker, as I knew him and his famous works.  I have glossed over my own sadnesses and heartaches and extracted some of the more light-hearted anecdotes from the kaleidoscope of my life, referring ‘pari passu’ to episodes in recent and contemporary History as they have impinged on me.” £10.00

Wessels, Daniël Petrus: Politikologiese Perspektiewe op Suid-Afrika se Intern-staatkundige Volkerevraagstuk (Bloemfontein: DPA thesis [University of the Orange Free State] in unpublished form, 1978) Doctorate of Administration thesis in unpublished form.  Two volumes, each 294 x 208 mm; cloth-backed printed wrappers; pp. (vi) + xiv + 450, (ii) + [451-964] + iii.  Trace of stippling to cloth spines; trace of spotting to edges; author’s presentation inscription to title page of first volume.  Very good condition.  Afrikaans text.  Important apology for South Africa’s constitutional history, taking into account the part played by race relations, always an important factor in the country’s politics.  “Die omvang van die volkeverskeidenheid in Suid-Afrika bring gevolglik mee dat al die vernaamste verdelingsfaktore wat nivellerend oor die grense van skeiding tussen volke kan heensny op die vaderlandse bodem aangetref word.  Waar enige formeel-institusionele strukture daarop ingestel is om orde en stabiliteit te skep, om deur die uitoefening van gesag soos dit voortstem vanuit die normatiewe aard van die owerheidsamp, konflik te neutraliseer en verskille te temper tot voordeel van al die inwoners, vertoon die Suid-Afrikaanse volkerebeleid ‘n dinamiese elastisiteit om binne eie raamwerk – van skeiding – sinvolle aanpassings en veranderings te maak om sy verskillende volke te kan akkomodeer, en steeds ‘n beeld van politieke, ekonomiese en maatskaplike regverdigheid te vertoon.” £40.00

TRANSVAAL

Cartwright, A. P.: Valley of Gold (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1973) 4to; original brown boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper maps; pp. (x) + 187, incl. index; plates; line drawings in text.  Dustwrapper scuffed and torn, with some loss to extremities of sunned spine panel, and archival tape repairs to reverse; edges of boards a bit rubbed; gift inscription to front free endpaper verso; some foxing to edges, occasionally elsewhere.  Good condition.  The essential background reading for a visit to Pilgrim’s Rest.  “The author has completely revised the story he wrote ten years ago and in this new version of it presents an exciting chapter of our history.  Without the gold that was discovered at Pilgrim’s Rest in 1873, which set the prospectors on the trail, a century might have elapsed before the Witwatersrand mines were born.” £5.00

Collier, Joy: The Purple and the Gold. The Story of Pretoria and Johannesburg (Cape Town: Longmans, 1965) 4to; original glazed pictorial papered boards; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. (vi) + 186, incl. index; liberally illustrated with Joy Collier’s line drawings.  Dustwrapper a bit sunned on spine panel, and slightly rubbed; trace of erosion to edges of boards; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; tape marks to rear free endpaper; some foxing to endpapers and edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Good condition.  “In this new book – by the author of Portrait of Cape Town – Joy Collier tells the profoundly dramatic story of endeavour and achievement by the forerunners and founders of Pretoria and Johannesburg.  The reader is given new insight into the lives of some of the leading figures in the drama that lies behind the founding and development of two of the greatest cities of modern Africa.” £5.00

King, Fay: Friends of the Bushveld (London: Jonathan Cape, 1954) 8vo; original yellow cloth; pictorial dustwrapper; tinted top edge; pp. 223; illustrated from drawings by Grace Huxtable.  Dustwrapper foxed and tanned, partially discoloured, with trace of fishmothing, and archival tape repairs to reverse of edge-tears; top fore-corner of initial leaves somewhat bleached; some spotting to edges; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown; some foxing.  Fair to good condition.  “Fay King, herself born and brought up in South Africa, brings love and knowledge of the country to this book about a family living on a Bushveld farm.  It is a happy life for Jane le Roux and her four brothers and sisters.  Once a week they visit the dorp and see their grandmother and their friends there, but for the rest of the time they are content to be in the Bushveld, where they hear ancient legends from the Zulu Teller of Tales, or watch the wild animals and birds, for whom the le Roux land is sanctuary, living out their often fierce lives (there are exciting accounts of lions hunting buck, or of fights between oddly assorted creatures – an eagle and a baboon, a snake and a wild cat).” £7.50

TRAVEL

Dunlop, Richard: Wheels West 1590-1900 (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1977) 4to; original brown rexine, lettered in black on spine and with covered wagon device in black to upper board; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 208, incl. index; profusely illustrated, largely in monochrome, with contemporary photographs and artwork.  Edges of dustwrapper a little curled; earlier owners’ names to front pastedown; some foxing.  Good to very good condition.  “The settling of the American West was perhaps the greatest mass emigration in the history of the world, and it would have been impossible without wheeled transportation.  This is the story that Richard Dunlop tells in WHEELS WEST, beginning with the arrival of the Spaniards in 1590 and ending with the final development of the railroads and the closing of the frontier in 1900.  Here are the wagons, the trails, and the drivers – Western Americana at its most exciting … As fascinating as Richard Dunlop’s text are the more than 200 rare contemporary illustrations, among them dramatic photographs of Kit Carson in his early teens, before running off to join the Santa Fe caravans in the 1830s; extremely rare views of Custer’s Black Hills expedition in the field that touched off the great Sioux uprising and led to the Little Big Horn a year later; the Deadwood stage, with its seven armed guards and a fortune in the boot, hell-bent for Cheyenne.” £5.00

Rosenthal, Eric: African Switzerland. Basutoland of To-day (Cape Town: Juta, 1948) 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. 248; plates; line drawings; map.  A little foxing; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown.  Good condition.  “Eric Rosenthal, one of the best-known South African writers, and a by-word in the Union for his knowledge of the stranger and more romantic aspects of the Black Continent, has travelled extensively in Basutoland and met all types of its inhabitants – from the picturesque white traders, officials and missionaries to the chiefs and commoners among the black mountaineers themselves.  African Switzerland is full of exciting and amusing stories, and is beautifully illustrated with photographs as well as drawings by the author.” £5.00

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