Our first newsletter of 2017 has two main sections. Its first part, divided into categories, is devoted to new acquisitions. The second part is another “Shelf Tour”, in which we draw your attention to items from stock, newly photographed and re-priced. On the front page of the newsletter is J H Pierneef’s Rand Gold Mine, from his Station Panels. This picture is a fitting symbol of the two parts of this newsletter: The new acquisitions represent the gold ore, newly brought to the surface; the “Shelf Tour” is the mine dump in the background. When economic considerations permit, mining companies mine the dumps for the gold that was not retrieved earlier. This is what we are doing with the older stock. Remember, though, that gold isn’t any less gold because it came from a minedump!
Here are some highlights to look out for:
- James Walton’s Cape Dovecots and Fowl-runs, a relatively uncommon monograph on a neglected branch of Cape architecture.
- Gough Island: A Natural History. See if you can find this richly-illustrated work on the remote island anywhere else!
- Between the Tides: In search of sea turtles. This is a signed copy of the story of George Hughes, former head of the Natal Parks Board, and his career studying the great loggerhead and leatherback turtles of Maputaland.
- Two outstanding items on the Struggle: Let the People Decide!, produced by the ANC in 1991, and Themba Nkosi’s The Time of the Comrades.
- Naas Botha’s My Way – Improve Your Rugby Kicking Skills. Botha is still widely regarded as the greatest kicker the game of rugby has yet seen, and in this seldom-seen manual, he shows how he earned that reputation.
- Jody Scheckter was raised in the Eastern Cape, and attended Selborne College in East London. He went on to become South Africa’s only Formula One world champion. We have a copy of Jody: An Autobiography, signed by the author.
The Shelf Tour section is particularly strong in Napoleonica and Cricketana (believe it or not, that’s a thing). Highlights include:
- Carl Faye’s copy of a L E Hertslet’s Umendo kaDokotela
- An uncommon personal account of the Peninsular War: Some Letters of Lieutenant Robert Knowles of the 7th, or Royal, Fusiliers, A Lancashire Officer
Here’s the link: http://christison.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Newsletter-133.pdf
As always, we hope we have found something for you. Enjoy digging!
Lindsay and Wendy