110 – This Month at Christison Rare Books

Dear Collector

Psst!  This month we offer our Rosetta Stone, our own Tutankhamen’s tomb, our very own Egyptian treasure, the best thing we have had since Ptolemaic times.

The glossy brochure of a modern specialist in cultural tourism appraises the appeal of Egypt in these terms:  “Indeed, the sheer antiquity and breadth of Egyptian civilization cannot but reduce the visitor to awe, whether it be Napoleon with his famous exhortation to his troops in front of the Pyramids that forty centuries looked down upon them, or the more humble modern traveller exploring the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.”  Napoleon’s entourage of 160 savants produced the magnificent Description de l’Égypte, a survey in several volumes of all the French discovered in Egypt.  Other influential travellers have since added innumerable books to the Egyptian ‘canon’.  Tourists will undoubtedly start pouring back into the country once the current turmoil has abated, and many more travellers’ tales will be told.

There is, however, a significant void in published literature on the West’s contact with the land of the Pharaohs, suggested by Jessamine Price’s review of the compilation Travellers in Egypt:  “It is unfortunate that we know less about travellers who did not leave such detailed records, and that there has been relatively little effort to research leisure travellers.”  (Italics ours)  It might be assumed that leisure travel did not exist before the advent of Thomas Cook package tours, but not so.  There were obscure nineteenth-century travellers who were not Egyptologists, professional writers or artists, but motivated strictly by curiosity.  Such records as they left have not enjoyed sufficient attention.  To quote Gray’s Elegy:  “Full many a flow’r is born to blush unseen / And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”  It hardly seems possible, for instance, that in 1841 and early 1842 a cultured girl in her fourteenth year could have travelled all the way down the Nile to the Second Cataract (picture here from Africa and its Inhabitants, by Elisée Reclus), leaving a thorough account of the adventure.  Yet, that is what Fanny Ward did.  This month we offer Fanny’s manuscript diary.

Reverend Randall Ward (shown here), who had been appointed senior chaplain and acting archdeacon at Bombay, arrived in Egypt from the Indian sub-continent in early 1841.  He would spend over a year touring Egypt, Nubia, Sinai and Palestine, before returning to Bombay.  For much, if not all of this time, he was accompanied by his wife Frances, and daughters Fanny, Maria and Gertrude.  (Either Fanny or Maria is the subject of the portrait here)  The diary written by Randall Ward’s eldest daughter Fanny covers the family’s travels in Egypt and Nubia, commencing 24 August 1841 on the Mahmoudia Canal, and concluding on 29 January 1842 in Cairo, after months of journeying.

Some female Western travellers had visited these areas before.  Indeed, among the seventy names the Wards found engraved on rocks overlooking the Second Cataract were those of three ladies.  However, we do not know of any women travellers as young as Fanny who left so thorough a written record.  She describes all that she sees in the greatest detail.  Concerning the Nubians, she observes that “in appearance they are very dark but the young girls and children are good looking, with goodnatured agreeable faces, and very white teeth.  Their hair is saturated with castor oil, and plaited in innumerable small tails over the forehead and back of the head, but the oil being melted by the heat is seen trickling down their faces, and a group may be scented at a great distance.”  To learn more about Fanny Ward and her diary, read the full description in this month’s list.

Egypt at the time of the Wards’ visit was governed by Mehmet Ali Pasha, whose dynasty held power over the country until the early 1950s.  It was during Mehmet Ali’s period that the fez or tarboosh became standard military headgear in the Egyptian army.  From this time forward, the governors and other Egyptian celebrities are depicted wearing the tarboosh.  Like many other book dealers, we sometimes branch out from works on paper when some curiosity takes our fancy.  It was alluring, for instance, to believe that the bronze bust named ‘Ismail’ (shown here) represented the Khedive of Egypt and grandson of Mehmet Ali.  But, who’s to know?  Considering that the fez became ubiquitous following military reforms in the Ottoman Empire in the 1820s, also becoming the standard headgear for native units in colonial forces, the depiction could as easily be of an askari under one of the European powers.  The sculpture is an appealing and decorative novelty, whatever its history.

In keeping with our theme this month, we have included many items on Egypt and the Nile, including the volume of Recent British Battles on Land and Sea covering the Egyptian revolution precipitated by Arabi Pasha.  This is also the right volume for the final Frontier War in the Cape colony, and the Anglo-Zulu War.  There are several other interesting books in the fields we normally cover.  We hope you will like our list.  Most of the items in it can be procured for fairly nominal baksheesh.

Best wishes
Lindsay and Wendy


Pakenham, Thomas: The Scramble for Africa 1876-1912 (London: Abacus, 2008) 197 x 126 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. xxvii + (i) + 738, incl. index; monochrome plates; several maps; some cartoons and engravings in text.  Light crease to top fore-corner of upper cover; trace of spotting to edges.  Very good condition.  “The Scramble for Africa astonished everyone.  In 1880 most of the continent was still ruled by Africans, and barely explored.  By 1902, five European Powers (and one extraordinary individual) had grabbed almost the whole continent, giving themselves 30 new colonies and protectorates and 10 million square miles of new territory, and 110 million bewildered subjects. … In a tour de force of historical narrative, Thomas Pakenham has written the first full-scale history of this extraordinary episode.  It took him 10 years and involved trips to 22 African countries including research in Britain, France, Belgium and Germany.  This is historical narrative on the grand scale, cross-cut between Europe at the height of its power and Africa in its political infancy, covering a vast terrain and including a huge cast of characters, yet as vivid and fast-moving as a novel.” £8.50


Bouwer, Alba: Stories van Bergplaas (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1963) 8vo; original pale boards, lettered in red on spine, and with red pigeon device to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 184; delightful line drawings by Katrine Harries in text.  Some foxing, particularly to edges and endpapers; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; tape marks to pastedowns and reverse of dustwrapper.  Good to very good condition.  Afrikaans text.  Alba Bouwer’s work was awarded the Scheepers Prize for Children’s literature in 1959, and the C.P. Hoogenhout Award in 1962.  ‘Grietjie los die ertjies en draai met ‘n sprongetjie van die tafel af om.  “September en Oktober is die beste maande, Bramie, want dan ruik die hele werf na lemoenboord en katjiepiering! … En watter maand is dan vir jou die beste?”  “Ek weet nie,” sê hy.  “Net die maand wat dit nou is, dis altyd die lekkerste, altyd!  As dit September is, is dit lekker en as dit Mei is, is dit lekker, en nou’s dit April en dis die lekkerste van al die maande, net nou, hierdie maand!”  Hy spring op, gee Grietjie se een vlegsel ‘n harde pluk en hardloop by die agterdeur uit.  “Heidenvolk en duister dae,” sê ai Nonkie.  “Dis soos ‘n gemmerbierbottel wat te lank in die spens bly staan het, die prop wil, wil net afspring, so ‘n seunskind darem.” ‘ £12.50

Bouwer, Alba: Katrienjtie van Keerweder (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1966, 4th impression) 8vo; original pictorial boards; pp. 107; charming line drawings by Katrine Harries.  Earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; some foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Very good condition.  This book has, on the upper board, the C. P. Hoogenhout Award prize sticker of the South African Library Association, awarded for the best  Afrikaans children’s book of the year. £12.50

Bouwer, Alba: Abdoltjie. Ses verhaaltjies oor ‘n Maleiertjie van die Ou Kaap (Cape Town: Nasionale Boekhandel, 1967) 8vo; original pictorial boards; pp. 67; delightful line drawings by Katrine Harries in text.  Edges of boards a little rubbed; earlier owner’s name on front pastedown; rather foxed throughout.  Good condition.  Afrikaans text.  Stories about a little Cape Malay boy.  Alba Bouwer’s work was awarded the Scheepers Prize for Children’s literature in 1959, and the C.P. Hoogenhout Award in 1962. £12.50

Bouwer, Alba: Dirkie van Driekuil (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1966) 8vo; original pictorial boards; pp. 37; charming line drawings by Katrine Harries.  Spine slightly tanned; moderate foxing throughout; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown.  Good condition.  Afrikaans text.  Alba Bouwer’s work was awarded the Scheepers Prize for Children’s literature in 1959, and the C.P. Hoogenhout Award in 1962. £12.50

Bouwer, Alba: Rip van Winkel, vertel deur Alba Bouwer na die ou verhaal van Washington Irving(Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1965) 8vo; original pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 69; illustrations by Katrine Harries.  Dustwrapper, edges and endpapers somewhat foxed; tape marks to free endpapers; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown.  Good to very good condition.  Afrikaans text.  Alba Bouwer’s work was awarded the Scheepers Prize for Children’s literature in 1959, and the C.P. Hoogenhout Award in 1962. “Washington Irving het van Rip van Winkel ‘n onvergeetlike karakter gemaak, ‘n legendariese figuur wat reeds vir verskeie geslagte byna werklikheid geword het.  Die fyn aanvoeling en insig, oorspronklikheid en ware kunstenaarskap van Alba Bouwer en Katrine Harries is nie alleen die ou legende waardig nie, maar maak dié bekende verhaal ‘n nuwe belewenis – ‘n nuwe kunswerk wat op sigself onvergeetlik is.” £12.50

Stassen, Nicol: Afrikaners in Angola 1928-1975 (Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis, 2009) 8vo; original aquamarine boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; ribbon page-markers; pp. 666, incl. index; colour maps, incl. folding; several plates in monochrome and full colour reproducing contemporary photographs of Afrikaner families, individuals and their dwellings; tables.  Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed; trace of curl to bottom edge of lower panel.  Near fine condition.  Afrikaans text.  A fascinating and thorough history of the remnants of the Dorsland Trekkers in Angola.  ‘Ná ongekende lyding en ‘n swerftog van sewe jaar deur die onherbergsame droë dele van Suider-Afrika het die Dorslandtrekkers hulle in 1881 in Angola gevestig.  Mettertyd het die aanvanklike goeie verhoudinge met die Portuguese owerheid versleg en ongeveer 2000 Angola-Boere is in 1928 na Suidwes-Afrika gerepatrieer.  Die gemeenskap van ongeveer 400 Angola-Boere wat ná 1928 in Angola aftergebly het, is aan die vergetelheid en verwaarlosing oorgelaat en is later as ‘n “lewende fossiel” en slagoffers van hulle eie behoudendheid bestempel.  Sommige het nog ‘n lewe uit gemengde boerdery, transportry en jag probeer maak, dekades nadat hierdie lewenswyse elders uitgesterf het.  Vanaf 1958 is die meerderheid van die ongeveer 600 Afrikaners in Angola na Suidwes-Afrika en Suid-Afrika gerepatrieer, terwyl slegs enkeles in Angola agtergebly het.  Hierdie groepie Afrikaners het hul Afrikanerskap daar onder moeilike omstandighede gehandhaaf.  Met die uitbreek van die burgeroorlog in 1975 in Angola het die laaste Afrikaners uit Angola gevlug en het die verbintenis van die Angola-Boere met Angola ná byna ‘n eeu tot ‘n einde gekom.  Hulle interessante en kleurryke lewe word beskryf en die sogenaamde “trekgees” word as ‘n moontlike rede vir hulle swerftogte ondersoek.’ £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


Rosenthal, Eric, and Eliezer Blum: Runner and Mailcoach. Postal History and Stamps of Southern Africa (Cape Town: Purnell, 1969) 8vo; original red rexine, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; no dustwrapper; pp. x + (ii) + 280, incl. index; generously illustrated in monochrome and full colour.  Spine slightly sunned; earlier owners’ names and striking bookplate to front endpaper; light tape scars and some foxing to endpapers; some spotting to edges.  Good to very good condition.  “For the first time we have a comprehensive account in a single volume of the postage stamps and of the postal history of the entire sub-continent and its adjacent islands.  A mass of fascinating information on postal development is presented, from the Bantu runner to the camel, the travelling post office and the mail-plane, much of it revealed for the first time by that master of the lesser-known aspects of South and southern Africa, Eric Rosenthal.  He also deals with unfamiliar matters such as the postal arrangements of the Voortrekkers and the conveyance of overseas mail before the days of steamers and aircraft. … Magnificently illustrated in colour and black and white, … Runner and Mailcoach will be enjoyed and appreciated by specialists and amateurs alike.” £15.00


Woolley, Sir Leonard: Excavations at Ur. A Record of Twelve Years’ Work (London: Ernest Benn, 1954) 8vo; original burgundy cloth; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 262, incl. index; map; plans; line drawings; monochrome plates; colour frontis.  Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; scattered moderate foxing.  Good to very good condition.  “As long ago as 1854, Mr. J. E. Taylor, British Consul at Basra, was employed by the British Museum to investigate some of the southern sites of Mesopotamia, and chose for his chief work the Mound of Pitch.  Here he unearthed inscriptions which for the first time revealed that the nameless ruin was none other than Ur, so-called ‘of the Chaldees’, the home of Abraham.” £6.50


Unknown: Bust of ‘Ismail’ (no place, sculptor and foundry unknown, no date) (Height, including base: 450mm) Bronze bust of a cleanshaven male wearing a fez or tarboosh, on a marble plinth with the name ‘Ismail’ incised.  The surface of the alloy is somewhat tarnished, with superficial pitting, though the casting is of high quality.  It is tempting to believe that the head is that of a young Ismail Pasha, who became Khedive of Egypt and was responsible for much of the modernization of his country, including the conclusion of the Suez Canal.  Indeed, the brow, nose, mouth and chin of the subject closely correspond with one of the few depictions of the boy Ismail, who is invariably bearded in later portraits.  In the absence of any marks of origin, or information relating to provenance, this idea cannot be proved.  Considering that the fez became ubiquitous following military reforms in the Ottoman Empire in the 1820s, also becoming the standard headgear for native units in colonial forces, the depiction could as easily be of an askari under one of the European powers.  The sculpture is an appealing and decorative curiosity, whatever its history. £150.00

Scott, Peter (artist), and Philippa Scott (selection and captions): The Art of Peter Scott. Images from a Lifetime (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1992) 4to; original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 168; full-colour reproductions of the artist’s most famous works, along with sketches, and some photographs from his life.  Earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown.  Fine condition.  “This is the first and only book of Sir Peter Scott’s paintings to cover his life work.  It includes some juvenile drawings and watercolours by the gifted boy who was fascinated from a very early age by the natural world, and examples of his work at Oundle and at Cambridge.  His love of sailing is represented, as well as his wartime Naval paintings and his book illustrations.  Here are philosophical works, portraits of people, drawings of animals and flowers, and preliminary sketches, in addition to the well-known oil paintings of birds and some of the artist’s own comments on his work.  Here also are the original designs for the well-known World Wildlife Fund panda and The Wildfowl & Wetlands trust logos.  This is a wonderfully designed book, in which the paintings are reproduced to the best possible effect.  Some facsimile pages from Peter Scott’s illustrated diaries are included, as well as more formal art.” £20.00


D’Ewes, Dudley: Mydorp: Portrait of a Platteland Boyhood (Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1954) Signed by the author on the title page.  8vo; original pale grey cloth, lettered in blue on spine and upper cover, with horse and carriage blocked in red to upper cover; no dustwrapper; pp. 96; line drawings in text.  Boards very slightly rubbed, with trace of spotting; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; a little foxing to endpapers, and occasionally elsewhere.  Very good condition.  Two newspaper clippings about the author are loosely inserted.  ‘Mr D’Ewes was born at Warrenton, on the Cape-Transvaal border, in 1905.  He was the son of a diamond digger, and was orphaned at an early age, his parents having died within 24 hours of each other.  As a boy he went to live with relatives who farmed at Faure, and he attended the Somerset West High School.  He knew poverty and hardship in his youth, but his intellectual qualities were recognized at an early age, and he was sent first to the University of Cape Town where he gained an MA in classics in 1927, and then on to Oxford where, at Keble College, he acquired a BA Honours degree in theology. … For many years, from 1936, he was correspondent at the Cape for The Times, London, and he wrote several books one of which “Mydorp: Portrait of a Platteland Boyhood” was on childhood memories of the diamond-digging area in which he spent his earliest years.’ – From a loosely inserted obituary portrait of 26 June 1980, the day following the death of Dudley D’Ewes. £17.50


Anderson, Marjorie, and Blanche Colton Williams: Old English Handbook (London: George Harrap, no date [1936]) 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and in blind to upper cover; front endpaper map; pp. vii + (i) + 503; frontis. facsimile of Old English manuscript.  Upper fore-corners of boards a little turned; spine very slightly crumpled at head; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; endpapers, edges and outermost leaves somewhat foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere; some discreet pencilled marginalia.  Very good condition.  The Harrap imprint of this work is uncommon.  Printed by the Riverside Press of Massachusetts, OCLC suggests shortly after the more readily encountered Houghton Mifflin version of 1935.  A grammar, accompanied by readings from examples of Old English literature.  “Old English Handbook had its inception some years ago in the desire of [Marjorie Anderson] to present to the student a volume of selections from Pre-Conquest manuscripts. … She hoped … that the Pre-Conquest scene, in all its variety, might be conveyed by placing before the student the vocabulary of the Old English layman.” £15.00


Finch, J. R. (compiler): The Cape of Good Hope: Being the Official Handbook of the City of Capetown(Cape Town: The City of Capetown, and the Publicity Department of the Railways & Harbours Administration, 1926) 181 x 122 mm; pictorial card wrappers; pp. (ii) + vi + 175; plates; line drawings in text, and head-piece illustrations.  Wrappers a little rubbed and creased; discreet archival tape repair to fragile backstrip and to upper hinge; portion of front free endpaper torn away; scattered light foxing; some fishmothing to rear free endpaper.  Good condition.  (SABIB 2, p. 243 [earlier edition])  A remarkable little guide to Cape Town and surrounds, here in its fourth edition. £10.00

Immelman, R. F. M.: Men of Good Hope. The Romantic Story of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce 1804 – 1954 (Cape Town: The Cape Town Chamber of Commerce, 1955) 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, and with pictorial onlay to upper cover; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper plans; pp. xxii + 377, incl. index; plates; head- and tailpieces from old Cape publications.  Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn, with archival tape improvements to top edge; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; striking bookplate to half-title, with trace of offset to front free endpaper verso; some foxing to edges and endpapers, occasionally elsewhere; tape mark and suggestion of fishmothing to rear endpaper; archival tape reinforcing to gutter between page ten and adjacent plate.  Good condition.  “The Cape Town Chamber of Commerce traces its history back through its predecessor, the Commercial Exchange of Cape Town, to the founding in 1804 of the Kamer van Commercie by De Mist, the Batavian Government’s representative.  Thus it has a proud record of 150 years of continuous activity in the interests of commerce. … Cape Town has always been a fascinating place.  This narrative seeks to depict how the business of the town grew and changed in character; how important the port has always been; how the Docks grew; how seaborne trade and shipping were the inhabitants’ lifeline; how, from a port of call on the East-West trade route, Cape Town became the gateway to the interior; and how its Chamber of Commerce acted as spokesman for the Colony’s foreign relations with commercial bodies in London, India, Mauritius, and elsewhere.  The Chamber was a body in which citizens learned the art of self-government and the taking of responsibility for the management of their own affairs.  The Government – and the early governors – consulted it time and again to ascertain public opinion on questions of the day.” £15.00

Knox, Catherine (author), and Cora Coetzee (illustrator): Victorian Life at the Cape 1870-1900 (Cape Town: Fernwood Press, 1992) Oblong 4to; original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; decorative endpapers; pocket to rear pastedown with folding ‘Map of Cape Town and Immediate Environs, Circa 1902’; pp. 184, incl. index; liberally illustrated in colour with Cora Coetzee’s charming ink-and-wash sketches.  Earlier owner’s name to front free endpaper verso.  Near fine condition.  A fascinating and beautifully-presented social history.  “Wealth and poverty, the decrepit and the very new, peril and charm … vibrant contrasts thronged the streets of late Victorian Cape Town, that bustling meeting-place of nations.  Progress brought steamships, a modern harbour, a railway station, telegrams, weekly mail, telephones, horseless carriages.  The mineral revolution spelt Eldorado for some while others could only eke out an existence on the beach or the mountain.  History, with its exciting and sometimes cruel extremes, was in the making … ” £17.50

Lighton, Conrad: Arthur Elliott. A Memoir of the Man and the Story of His Photographic Collection(Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1956) 8vo; original brown rexine, lettered in gilt on spine and with gilt publisher’s device to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; colour frontis.; pp. 56 + plates.  Dustwrapper very slightly sunned on spine panel; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; small tape marks to rear free endpaper; some foxing to endpapers, and occasionally elsewhere.  Very good condition.  “Mr. Lighton has rendered a great service in painstakingly recording all that is known of the courteous and generous photographer whose genius served South Africa so well.  It is not too much to say that here is biography lit with some epic qualities, for Arthur Elliott indeed triumphed over adversity, retaining the sparkle of his humour and the dignity of his patience to the end.  Ten thousand pictures honour his memory and pay tribute to truth and beauty.” £15.00

Proust, Alain (photographs), and Peter Borchert (text): Portrait of Cape Town (Cape Town: Fernwood Press, 1998) 4to; original powder blue boards, with spine lettered in white, and white sailing ship device to upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 120; lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs.  Gift inscription to front pastedown; merest trace of ripple to tail of final leaves; faint spotting to corner of last page.  Near fine condition.  A beautiful evocation of one of the world’s most scenic cities.  “This unique portfolio by Alain Proust captures the spirit of Cape Town as no other book has done.  With artistic sensitivity and technical skill, Proust reflects the constantly changing moods of city and peninsula – from the grey brooding mountain in winter to the sparkling summer beaches – and offers intriguing glimpses into the diverse cultures and influences that make up the city’s special character.” £12.50

Sayers, Charles O.: Looking Back on George. A medley of musings and memories (George: the author, 1982) Title from upper cover; on the title page the book is simply called ‘A Medley of Musings and Memories.’  4to; original pictorial papered boards; rainfall chart as endpaper, front and rear; pp. 272; several photographs, reproductions of contemporary artwork, line drawings.  Boards a little rubbed; edges of boards somewhat fishmothed; earlier owner’s name to front pastedown; slightest rippling at head of some leaves; edges and endpapers slightly foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Good.  An episodic history of the Garden Route town.  Don Ogilvie’s 62-part illustrated series ‘George Down Through the Ages’, at the end of the book, is particularly appealing. £30.00

Storrar, Patricia: Drama at Ponta Delgada (Johannesburg: Lowry Publishers, 1988) 8vo; original brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (xvi) + xiii + (i) + 123, incl. index; colour plates; monochrome text illustrations and head-pieces.  Dustwrapper a little foxed on reverse side; top fore-corner of upper board slightly turned, and small bump to fore-edge of lower board; few fox spots to top edge.  Very good condition.  “The story of the great Portuguese merchant ship, the São Gonçalo, which met its tragic end in the beautiful Baia Formosa in 1630, is as dramatic and exciting as any tale of adventure.  After years of painstaking research, author Pat Storrar has managed to piece together this fascinating story from the annals of the famous Portuguese voyages of discovery.  What made the research more intriguing was the fact that one of the five priests on board kept a diary of events, and his amazing firsthand account was used as part of the material for a weighty work on Portuguese maritime exploits published in Lisbon in 1675.  Sadly, the original diary was lost and never found again but thanks to the friar’s pen, the story of courage and determination may live on.” £18.50


Stromsoe, Aagot: Aagot Stromsoe’s Fish Book (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1962) 8vo; original pictorial papered boards; pp. 126, incl. index; line drawings as head-pieces.  Covers tanned and foxed, with slightest trace of fishmothing; backstrip a little frayed at ends, with archival tape repair to tail; edges of boards a little rubbed and soiled; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; some foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Good working copy.  “The author, born in Norway, a fish eating country, is famous for her knowledge of fish dishes and the object of this book is to make the public aware of the importance of making more use of our cheapest form of protein – fish – and to guide housewives in its preparation. … There are a great number of recipes for all types of fish found in South African waters, including a number for fresh water fish.  One of the most interesting sections is that on fish soups, practically unknown in our country.  Fish aspics, those delicious hot weather dishes are hardly ever seen, yet they can be prepared from any kind of fish.  Another interesting chapter deals with Sauces.  So here is the ideal book for every cook, no matter if they want a simple dish or an elaborate menu, there are recipes to cover every taste and every pocket.” £7.50


Devitt, Napier: Famous South African Trials (Pretoria: J. L. van Schaik, 1930) 8vo; original pictorial cream cloth, blocked in black and read; no dustwrapper; tinted top edge; pp. 194.  Boards slightly rubbed; archival tape strengthening to gutter between front free endpaper verso and half-title; scattered moderate foxing.  Very good condition.  “I make no apology for presenting the accounts of the crimes and trials which here follow.  Of late years the English-speaking world has been flooded with stories of crimes committed in the British Isles, and while the same motives, – jealousy, greed, lust, hate, superstition – are the springs which move all such events, regardless of colour or creed, the narration of similar South African occurrences will, I trust, not come amiss.” – From the author’s Preface.  Chapter headings:  A Libel of a Hundred Years ago; The Douwenis Murder; The Tragedy of the Barque “Blake”; The Ratelsvlei Affair; The Great Conspiracy Case; A Countryside Drama in the Eighties; The Matjes River Murder; The Death of Jooste; The Dorosier Case; The Case of Blind Adam; The Trial of the Reformers; The Edgar Case; The Von Veltheim Case; The Case of Princess Radziwill; The Swartz Case; A Famous Street Robbery; The Mc Loughlin Case; The Murder of Thomas Mathibe; The Port Shepstone Murder; The Rain Goddess. £15.00


Maxwell, W.A. and R.T. McGeogh (editors): The Reminiscences of Thomas Stubbs including Men I have known (Cape Town: A.A. Balkema for Rhodes University, 1978) The Graham’s Town Series Number 4. 8vo; original dark brown cloth, with gilt device to upper cover, and spine lettered in gilt; tinted top edge; dustwrapper; pp. xvi + 302 (including index) + folding map; black-and-white illustrations.  Dustwrapper slightly edgeworn, with some tape marks to reverse side; cloth a little rubbed; extremities very lightly bumped; earlier owner’s name and impression of manuscript note to front free endpaper; occasional spotting.  Good to very good condition.  “The lively narrative and witty dialogue of Stubbs Autobiography, which he calls the Reminiscences, make it a work of some literary as well as historical interest.  It was a remarkable achievement for a man who was already ageing and ailing when he began to write in 1874. The Reminiscences cover the whole period of Stubbs’ life, from the family’s embarkation from London with the 1820 Settler parties on the Northampton, to his struggle as a saddler to support his family at his brother’s farm, Harrison, near Whittlesea.  He was a volunteer in the war of 1834, founded the Mounted Rangers, and became the hero of Albany in the Wars of 1846 and 1850.” £12.50

Metrowich, F. C.: Frontier Flames (Cape Town: Books of Africa, 1968) Illustrations by Penny Miller.  8vo; pictorial papered boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (vi) + 286, incl. index; line drawings, and a double-page colour plate.  Dustwrapper a little edgeworn and slightly rubbed; trace of fishmothing to edges of boards; some spotting to fore-edge.  Good to very good condition.  “Frontier Flames is the story of the frontiersmen and settlers of Southern Africa, and especially of the Eastern Cape.  Set down on a desolate coast with their wives and children, a few sheep and oxen, wagons and tents, and told never to go out ploughing without their guns, these settlers of the Eastern Cape faced a difficult and precarious existence.  Trouble with the Xhosa tribes soon started.  Continual cattle raids were a constant irritation, and, despite the various frontier policies pursued by governors of the Cape, battle after battle took place.  Yet life on the frontier was gay and exciting too.  There was the gallant lion- and lady-killer, Roualeyn Gordon Cumming, who set hearts aflame wherever he went.  Coenraad de Buys – rebel, outlaw, tough freebooter, Xhosa chieftain and the founder of a people; Helen, the woman gun-runner and revengeful Lady Godiva; the militant chaplains of the City of Saints; the first anaesthetic in Southern Africa; the raving Rajah; the quest for the Evans-type ostrich feather and Emperor Norton I are some of the colourful personalities and amazing incidents in the story of the flaming frontier of the Eastern Cape.” £8.50

Pringle, Thomas (author), and John Robert Wahl (editor): Thomas Pringle in South Africa 1820-1826(Cape Town: Longman Southern Africa, 1970) 212 x 135 mm; pictorial card wrappers; pp. xi + (i) + 208; map; line drawings in text.  A little foxing to wrappers and outermost leaves; edges a touch browned; earlier owner’s name signed inside upper cover.  Good condition.  “Thomas Pringle, South Africa’s first poet and the most gifted writer among the 1820 Settlers, was born on a farm in Roxburghshire on the Scottish border on January 5th, 1789, and arrived in South Africa on the brig Brilliant on the last day of April, 1820.  His account of his life in South Africa, A Narrative of a Residence in South Africa, is one of the classics of frontier literature of the Nineteenth Century … The aim of the present edition is to make Pringle’s Narrative more accessible to the general reader by eliminating all extensive borrowings from other authors and other secondary material, and by concentrating throughout on what Pringle calls his ‘personal’ narrative.  It will be of great interest for the general reader as well as those who have their roots in the settlement of the 1820’s, and also for those who have an interest in this most exciting period of South African history.” £7.50

Terblanche, Otto (editor): Uitenhage 200: 1804 – 2004 (Uitenhage: Uitenhage Bicentenary Committee, 2004) 4to; pictorial papered boards; pp. (iv) + xii + 266; modern and period photographs and artwork, largely in monochrome; some maps; a few adverts.  Boards rather scuffed; spine bumped at tail.  Good to very good condition.  A very thorough bicentennial history of the oldest town in the Eastern Cape, covering all communities in detail.  Particularly impressive is the attention given to the founding and early history of the settlement, and the struggle against racial oppression, particularly during the era of the Langa Massacre.  There are chapters on Religion, Education, Architecture, Race Zoning and the Struggle against Apartheid, Politics and the Press, Industry, Groendal, and the bond between the Netherlands and the town. £27.50


Penn, Jack: Letters to my Son (Johannesburg: McGraw-Hill, 1975) 8vo; original brown papered boards; endpaper facsimiles; pp. 103.  Extremities slightly rubbed; gift inscription to front free endpaper verso; loosely inserted newspaper clipping regarding the author; some foxing to edges and occasionally elsewhere.  Good to very good condition.  Dr Jack Penn, a prominent plastic surgeon and sculptor, provides guidance to his son, a pupil at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, through a series of essays on subjects ranging from ‘Sportsmanship’ to ‘Colour Prejudice.’ £12.50


[The Cornhill Magazine]: A Visit to the Suez Canal (London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1866) Extract from The Cornhill Magazine of March, 1866.  210 x 148; paper wrapper with title label mounted on cover; pp. [363-384]; map.  Very good condition. £10.00

Hancock, Graham and Richard Pankhurst (text), and Duncan Willetts (photography): Under Ethiopian Skies (Nairobi: Camerapix, 1997) 296 x 210 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 200; map; lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs.  Trace of spotting to outer leaves, and inside of wrappers.  Very good condition.  Vivid and evocative celebration of Ethiopia, divided into four chapters, namely, Origins, Mountain Strongholds, The City and the Wilderness, and, The Lakes and the Valley. £7.50

Kelly, R. Talbot: Egypt; painted and described (London, A. & C. Black, reprinted with additional corrections, 1906) Original decorative cloth, slightly worn, spine sloped, pp. xiii + 246 + (2: advertisements), colour frontispiece and plates. Tape-marks on the free endpapers, hinges splitting internally, endpapers and edges slightly foxed. £15.00

Kennedy, Douglas: Beyond the Pyramids. Travels in Egypt (London: Unwin Hyman, 1988) 8vo; original green boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. vii + (i) + 232; line drawings as head-pieces; map.  Trace of foxing.  Very good condition.  “Beyond the Pyramids is a dazzling chronicle of travels thorugh a landscape strewn with incongruities; a landscape peopled by a vivid supporting cast of intriguing characters, whose stories all form part of Kennedy’s pungently funny, compulsively entertaining, yet ultimately serious portrait of Egypt today.” £6.50

Loti, Pierre:  Egypt (London: T. Werner Laurie, no date) Translated from the French by W. P. Baines, and with eight illustrations in colour by A. Lamplough.  8vo; original bronze cloth blocked in black and gilt; pp. vi + (ii) + 309, incl. index; 8 colour plates with tissue guards.  Slight wear to extremities of boards, which are a little bowed; endpapers rather foxed; sporadic light foxing elsewhere.  Bookplate of M. Z. Brown on front pastedown; signature of H. L. Currey on front free endpaper.  Good condition.  Edmund Gosse wrote of Loti’s work:  “At his best Pierre Loti was unquestionably the finest descriptive writer of the day. In the delicate exactitude with which he reproduced the impression given to his own alert nerves by unfamiliar forms, colours, sounds and perfumes, he was without a rival.”  Henry Latham Currey served as private secretary to Cecil John Rhodes, and held prominent positions in several of Rhodes’ ventures.  The two men later parted ways, and Currey, as a supporter of John X. Merriman (in whose Cape cabinet he later served as a minister), became an opponent of Rhodes. £12.50

Moorehead, Alan: The White Nile (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1960) 8vo; original cloth slightly faded; no dustwrapper; endpaper maps; pp. 385, incl. index; quite pronounced foxing throughout; black-and-white photographic plates; line illustrations in text.  Fair condition.  “No unexplored region in our times, neither the heights of the Himalayas, the Antarctic wastes, nor even the hidden side of the moon, has excited quite the same fascination as the mystery of the sources of the Nile.  For two thousand years at least the problem was debated and remained unsolved; every expedition that was sent up the river from Egypt returned defeated.  By the middle of the nineteenth century – barely 100 years ago – this matter had become, in Harry Johnston’s phrase, ‘the greatest geographical secret after the discovery of America’.” £5.00

Ondaatje, Christopher: Journey to the Source of the Nile (Toronto: HarperCollins, 1998) 261 x 190 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 384, incl. index; profusely illustrated with full-colour photographs, maps.  Spine and portion of lower cover sunned.  Near fine condition.  “I first met Christopher Ondaatje just before he set out on the expedition to the source of the Nile which is the subject of this book.  Having spent his life as a banker and financier, he gave it up to become an adventurer.  This book is redolent of his personality: full of fascination for the great Victorian explorers, Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke; driven by an intense and restless desire to find out for himself what it feels like to penetrate the heart of Central Africa.  He travels from the backstreets of Zanzibar to the shores of the great lakes and the Ruwenzori Mountains, with bandits and refugees en route.  And, like his Victorian predecessors, he uses his journey as an opportunity for reflection on the life, customs, and landscape of the people he encounters.” – Charles Saumarez Smith, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London. £10.00

Ranke, Hermann (introduction by): The art of ancient Egypt (Vienna, The Phaidon Press, 1936) Large octavo, original cloth, gilt-lettered, very slightly rubbed, pp. 22 + extensive plate section, a few colour plates mounted at large. Frontispiece detached but present, owner’s name on the front free endpaper. Very good condition. £7.50

Reclus, Elisée: Africa and its Inhabitants. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings and Maps. Vol. I(London: J. S. Virtue & Co., [ca 1898]) A component of ‘The Earth and its Inhabitants: The Universal Geography’, edited largely by A. H. Keane, though the set from which these books are drawn was evidently issued strictly as ‘Africa and its Inhabitants’.    Volume One of ‘Africa and its Inhabitants’, offered here, comprises two books, and is devoted to North-West Africa.  Two 4to volumes; maroon cloth over boards, with ornate panelled effect to gilt-lettered spines, which are blocked in gilt and black; a.e.g.; pp. (ii) + 248 + (iv), (viii) + [249-504]; some maps in colours; plates with tissue-guards; numerous engravings and maps in text.  Cloth a little worn; spines darkened, and somewhat worn; earlier owner’s name (with the date 1st Sept. 1899) to verso of front free endpaper in second book; some foxing and light soiling to endpapers and outermost leaves, occasional fox spot elsewhere; one or two tissue-guards working loose.  Good condition.   Elisée Reclus (1830-1905) was a French author, scientific geographer, and disciple of anarchism.  His magnum opus was ‘La Nouvelle Géographie universelle’ (The Universal Geography), which was first published in the early 1890s, an English edition appearing around the same time.  A key attribute of the work, apart from the excellent ethnographic illustrations, is the author’s sense of the place occupied by  tribal people in their natural environment, enabling them to live meaningful, self-sustaining lives without interference from outside parties. £35.00

Reclus, Elisée: Africa and its Inhabitants. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings and Maps. Vol. III (London: J. S. Virtue & Co., [ca 1898]) A component of ‘The Earth and its Inhabitants: The Universal Geography’, edited largely by A. H. Keane, though the set from which these books are drawn was evidently issued strictly as ‘Africa and its Inhabitants’.  Volume Three of ‘Africa and its Inhabitants’, offered here, comprises two books, and is devoted to North-East Africa.  Two 4to volumes; maroon cloth over boards, with ornate panelled effect to gilt-lettered spines, which are blocked in gilt and black; a.e.g.; pp. (ii) + 256 + (iv), vii + (i) + [257-494], incl. index; some maps in colours; plates with tissue-guards; numerous engravings and maps in text.  Cloth a little worn; spine of second book sunned, and just starting at tail of upper joint; some browning and foxing to endpapers and prelims., occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Good condition.   Elisée Reclus (1830-1905) was a French author, scientific geographer, and disciple of anarchism.  His magnum opus was ‘La Nouvelle Géographie universelle’ (The Universal Geography), which was first published in the early 1890s, an English edition appearing around the same time.  A key attribute of the work, apart from the excellent ethnographic illustrations, is the author’s sense of the place occupied by  tribal people in their natural environment, enabling them to live meaningful, self-sustaining lives without interference from outside parties. £35.00

Tunstall, John: Vanishing Kingdoms (Cape Town: Purnell & Sons, 1966) 4to; original black boards; no dustwrapper; pp. 206; photographs.  SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the title-page.  Scattered foxing, heavy to endpapers and prelims.  Travel in North Africa and the Middle East. £7.50

Ward, Fanny: Journal of Fanny Ward. Egypt. Nubia. 1841-2 (Various places, August 1841 – January 1842) Small 4to (210 x 166 mm); original burgundy morocco over limp boards, lettered in gilt on upper cover; gilt and blind rules to covers, and gilt-ruled compartment effect to spine; yellow endpapers; pp. (iv) + 113 manuscript pages; mounted monochrome ink and wash original Philae scene verso of final text leaf; front free endpaper pocket housing three items: 1. A folding ‘Map to accompany Egyptian & Nubian Journals’ (this a steel engraving ‘Egypt’ by S. Hall, Bury, and likely from the contemporary edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica), with an  itinerary penned in black showing part of the family’s voyages to and from Bombay via the Red Sea, in the Mediterranean, their trips in the Nile delta and down the river as far as Wadi Halfa and the Second Cataract, plus a later journey, in blue ink, via Suez, to the Sinai peninsula and on to Jerusalem.  2. Another folding map, of ‘Syria and Palestine’, continuing in black ink the second route of the earlier map, with the inscription ‘Dark line indicates the Route of Revd Randall Ward detailed in Journal 1842.’  3. A tiny ink sketch on card (38 x 74 mm) of a mountain scene, showing one of Randall Ward’s camps, with ‘Captain Morton 55 Regt’ (?) penned on the reverse.  Covers somewhat rubbed with a little wear to extremities; trace of damp ingress to lower board with consequent stain to fore-edge of endpaper and final two leaves, not affecting text; upper hinge fragile, with archival tape reinforcing; some leaves working loose, but all present; moderate foxing.  The loose Egypt map has some tears to the folds, with discreet repairs to the reverse, some foxing, and a trace of surface dirt; the other map is a little spotted, with some marginal repairs to the reverse.  Author’s name signed on fly-leaf, in the same hand as the main text.  On the verso facing the first diary page is the following message, conceivably in the same hand, though the script is larger:  “The following interesting journal of a tour in Egypt + Nubia in 1841-2 was written without any assistance in its composition by Fanny Ward at the age of 13 years.”  The handwriting of the running heads is somewhat different, though perhaps just an attempt at a more calligraphic style.  We have no knowledge of the diary of the Sinai and Palestine trip, indicated in the writing on the second map.  The Reverend Randall Ward, whom The Gentleman’s Magazine of 1839 notes in its ‘Ecclesiastical Preferments’ (p. 642) as having been appointed ‘senior chaplain and acting archdeacon at Bombay’, arrived in Egypt from the Indian sub-continent in early 1841.  He would spend over a year touring Egypt, Nubia, Sinai and Palestine, before returning to Bombay.  For much, if not all of this time, he was accompanied by his wife Frances, and daughters Fanny, Maria and Gertrude.  The subject of the diary written by his eldest daughter Fanny is the family’s travels in Egypt and Nubia, commencing 24 August 1841 on the Mahmoudia Canal, and concluding on 29 January 1842 in Cairo, after months of journeying.  Egypt at this time was governed by Mehmet Ali Pasha, whose dynasty held power over the country until the early 1950s.  Fanny remarks that “Mohamed Ali though he detests us, is obliged to conciliate our nation, for he dreads our power, and whilst his own unfortunate subjects are ill treated and oppressed, and are slaves, to him and the people he employs in his service, the least slight or annoyance occasioned to us would be severely punished.”  The Wards appear to have been of some means, having the leisure and funds to spend many months sailing a large boat in the Delta and all the way down to the second cataract and Wadi Halfa, with the assistance of crew or servants throughout.  During this time, the girls’ schooling continued, but there was ample opportunity for meeting local people and exploring the landmarks of Egyptian civilization.  Fanny had the benefit of prior knowledge of many of the sites visited, comparing her own impressions with those of earlier travellers such as Sir Gardener Wilkinson.  Her observations on architecture and scenery are amazingly incisive.  Concerning the temple at Philae (since moved to accommodate Lake Nasser), she writes:  “The temple is partly in good preservation, and one of the most imposing we have yet seen; it is dedicated to Osiris, who is said to have been buried there, for which reason this island was held particularly sacred.  After wandering over it in every direction admiring its elegant columns and lofty propyla, richly sculptured and adorned, our repast was spread on a small gateway apart from the great building and overlooking the river and mountains in the most picturesque part, and we had an occasional glimpse of our boat winding slowly at a great distance amongst the rocks …”  Fanny remains an intelligent, upbeat observer throughout, even when danger threatens (as when menaced by Albanian soldiers) or serious difficulties arise (as when negotiating the First Cataract).  Very occasionally she lapses into a naïve assessment of Egyptian life, commenting, for instance, that “the Nubian slaves [in a Cairo market] are the happiest, best dressed and best treated people in the Pasha’s dominions and in the market before they change owners, they seem well fed and very contented.”  Whereas some female Western travellers had visited these areas before – indeed Fanny finds the names of three ladies among those engraved on a rock at the southermost point of the journey – there can surely not have been any as young who left so thorough a written record.  The vivid diary written by a precocious young woman is the more remarkable considering that what we know of travel in Egypt during the period is derived from scholarly and literary adventurers.  Fanny Ward, born in Bombay in 1827, died in Frankfurt in 1861. £1500.00

Ziegler, H. K.: Living in Egypt (London: John Murray, 1940) 8vo; original yellow cloth, lettered in blue on spine and cartoon figure with fez to upper cover; no dustwrapper; pp. viii + 130 + (i); cartoon illustrations by Roly.  Cloth sunned on backstrip and a little mottled; gift inscription to front free endpaper; some foxing to endpapers and edges.  Good.  Humorous sketches of life in Egypt, first published in Punch, the Manchester Guardian and My Garden. £8.50


Rosenthal, Eric: South African Surnames (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1965) Signed by the author on the title page.  8vo; original papered boards; dustwrapper; pp. 262.  Dustwrapper slightly edgeworn; a little foxing to backstrip, edges and endpapers; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown.  Very good condition.  “South Africa’s versatile Eric Rosenthal has produced a book that is surely unique.  Everyone is interested in his own name, where it came from, what it means and the answer is in this book.  There are over 2,500 names of South Africans: English, Afrikaans, Jewish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, French – settlers who have come from almost every part of the globe and their history is given in a fascinating manner. … Many people will be interested in the evolution of Bantu, Coloured and Indian names.  A long chapter is devoted to this angle.  Altogether a book for everyone, a book to keep and hand down to one’s children.” £22.50


Becker, Peter: Hill of Destiny. The Life and Times of Moshesh, Founder of the Basotho (London: Longman, 1969) First edition.  8vo; original boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xx + (iv) + 294, incl. index; maps; plates.  Dustwrapper somewhat rubbed; trace of soiling to top edge; shallow damp-stain to top edge of front endpaper; occasional spotting.  Very good condition.  “This is a moving and graphic biography of the great Moshesh, founder and potentate of the Basotho nation of South Africa.  His life forms a striking contrast to the subjects of Dr Peter Becker’s earlier biographies.  For while they – Shaka Zulu, Dingane, Mzilikazi and others – were autocrats who invariably ruled by fear, Moshesh was wise and kindly, a leader whose exploits were renowned not only throughout Southern Africa, but in countries beyond the seas. … Fleeing from the bloodthirsty armies of the female conqueror Mantatisi, Moshesh and a handful of followers found sanctuary on Thaba Bosiu – a precipitous, flat-topped hill which he soon converted into an impregnable fortress.  There the Basutho nation was born, and there Moshesh’s turbulent and remarkable career reached its climax in the face of mighty tribal armies, bands of ruthless yellow-skinned banditti and desperados, and British and Boer forces.” £12.50


Speight, W. L.: Swept by Wind and Wave (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, no date) 8vo; original red boards, lettered in black on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 224, incl. index; line drawings as head-pieces.  Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; pages somewhat browned, as usual; some foxing.  Good to very good condition.  “The sea and the queer things that came out of it, were very much matters of daily converse to the forebears of South Africans, often now living so far inland that perhaps it is difficult for them to realise how vital the sea once was to their existence.  So many wrecks have appeared off the South African coast, the author’s selection of the most interesting has not been an easy task, but here, with the glitter of scattered treasure, the remote chill of the southern icelands, the rescues and the tragedies, is the story told.  Ranging from the earliest days of our history to the last world war, this fascinating book will enthrall all those who love – and sometimes hate – the sea.” £6.50


Anonymous: Die Afrikaanse Huisdokter. ‘n Volledige gids vir gesondheid en siekteversorging met die laaste ontdekkings van die geneeskunde en beproefde geneeswyses deur uitstaande geneeshere en spesialiste (Durban: Humphris-Allen, Waverley, 1957) Three 4to volumes, each of dark green textured cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, with gilt rod of Asclepius emblem to upper cover; pp. xviii + 397, vii + (iii) + 378, ix + (iii) + 412, incl. index.  The opening volume has, tipped in, a series of folding, colour ‘paper doll’ plates illustrating human anatomy, printed on thicker paper.  These were prepared specifically for ‘Die Huisdokter’ by H. K. Wagner.  The three books are further illustrated with photographic plates, full-colour artwork, and numerous diagrams in text.  Extremities somewhat rubbed in each case; fore-edge of title page creased in folding introductory ‘Ontleedkunde van die menslike liggaam’, the fold further strengthened with archival tape; a little foxing to endpapers – occasionally elsewhere.  Very good condition.  Afrikaans text.  A pioneering household encyclopaedia of health matters for the Afrikaner.  ‘Hierdie boek is vir die volk geskryf.  Dit gaan uit van die standpunt dat elke man en vrou – die boer en die bywoner, die beroepsman en die klerk, die mynwerker en die mynbaas sowel as die geneesheer en die predikant die reg het op elke kennis wat hy op enige gebied kan verkry, en hierop maak die geneeskunde seker nie ‘n uitsondering nie.  Die sorg vir die gesondheid van die mens is nie meer soos in die ou dae die voorreg van die priesters of selfs van die geneeshere nie, maar dit is die plig van die enkeling om sorg te dra vir sy eie gesondheid en vir die liggaamlike en geestelike gesondheid en welsyn van die persone waarvoor hy verantwoordelik is.  Elke persoon het sy eie liggaamstelsel en dit is sy verantwoordelikheid om dit in ‘n goeie toestand te hou.  Om dit te kan doen het hy nie net verstand en verantwoordelikheidsin nodig nie, maar ook ‘n grondkennis van die samestelling en verrigtings van sy eie liggaam.  Die tye van kwaksalwery en toorgeneeskunde is verby en vandag is dit nog net korrekte kennis en ervaring wat tel.  Die mediese vakkundiges wat hierdie boek geskryf het, het hulle tot taak gestel om die noodsaaklike en verantwoorde kennis vir die gesondheid van elke volksgenoot, tot in die verste afgeleë plaashuise te bring.’ £95.00


Brandt, Johanna: The Petticoat Commando, or Boer Women in Secret Service (London: Mills & Boon, 1913, 1st edition) Crown 8vo; original khaki cloth blocked in black and green, with impression of ‘The Six Willows, Harmony’ to upper cover; pp. xv + (i) + 374 + (ii) + 32; frontis. portrait with tissue-guard; plates.  (Hackett, p. 46, 131; SABIB I, p. 274)  Cloth very fishmothed and rather worn; archival tape repairs to backstrip at head and tail, length of lower joint, and head of upper joint; hinges also reinforced with archival tape; old tape mark and patch of deletion fluid over earlier penned name on front endpaper; some foxing to edges and endpapers, with sporadic, minor foxing elsewhere; discreet pencilled marginalia and occasional annotations.  A modest copy of this work, which is fairly uncommon in first edition format.  “An account of work done by Boer women patriots during the struggle for independence.  The narrative is based on a war diary relating events in the district of Pretoria, then under martial law.” – Hackett: South African War Books, p. 46.  “During the British occupation of Pretoria she and her mother secretly carried on a liaison service for the Transvaal burghers from their house ‘Harmonie’ on the Apies River.  It was the hiding place of Boer spies such as Captain J.J. Naude, and was also used to smuggle out information.  Johanna Brandt employed a secret code which appeared when pressed with a hot iron, and in which she also kept a war diary.  This has been preserved and is now part of the Brandt collection in the archives of the NH Kerk in Pretoria.  With her mother she was one of the six volunteer nurses from Pretoria who assisted in the concentration camp at Irene.  The desperate conditions in this camp were made known to the outside world by Mrs Van Warmelo and Johanna Brandt by means of a sympathetic person’s silver cigarette case.  A full description was smuggled out in this manner to the well-disposed journalist W. T. Stead and widely circulated through his journal Review of Reviews.” – DSAB IV, p. 55. £40.00

Bulpin, T. V.: The White Whirlwind (Johannesburg: Thomas Nelson, 1961) Signed by the author on the half-title.  Illustrated by Penny Miller.  8vo; original brown boards; no dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; endpaper map; pp. viii + 343; line drawings in text.  Sunned on spine; earlier owner’s name signed verso of front free endpaper; archival tape strengthening to gutters between free endpapers and outermost leaves; edges a little foxed, some spotting elsewhere.  Good condition.  The life story of Johan Colenbrander (1857-1918), “businessman, soldier, agent, interpreter and hunter” (DSAB IV, p. 87), whom Bulpin describes in his Author’s Note as “one of the greatest of Africa’s frontiersmen.”  Colenbrander was the confidant of John Dunn and the Zulu chief Zibhebhu, and was later active in the early history of Matabeleland, gaining the confidence of Lobengula, and acting as interpreter to his party when it visited Great Britain with a view to settling the question of contending concessionaires in Matabele territory.  As a soldier, Colenbrander distinguished himself in the Anglo-Zulu War, the Matebele Campaign, the Anglo-Zulu War, the Anglo-Boer War, and the Natal Rebellion of 1906.  “Physically, Colenbrander was not above average height but was very stocky, and powerfully built.  He liked to hunt and had a reputation as an excellent shot.  As a young man he was something of a daredevil and prone to impulsive action; these qualities, as he grew older, were modified into a restless and adventurous spirit which, until his end, drove him to new ventures and experiences.” – DSAB IV, p. 90. £20.00

Gardner, Brian: Mafeking. A Victorian Legend (London: Cassell, 1966) First edition.  8vo; original red cloth, lettered in silver gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 246, incl. index; plates; maps.  Dustwrapper a bit edgeworn, with archival tape repairs to reverse, sunned on spine panel and adjacent band of upper panel; trace of stippling to cloth; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; sporadic, light foxing.  Good condition.  “This is the story of an incident that became a legend.  No feat of arms has ever been greeted with anything like the outburst of nationalistic hysteria that swept Britain during the days which followed the famous night of 18 May 1900, Mafeking Night.  Mafeking was Relieved! – and the seven-month-long stout-hearted defence of the small British garrison was hailed as the supreme victory of the British characteristics of pluck and phlegm over impossible odds, a symbol which ushered in the glorious new century of the British Empire.  The commander of the garrison, Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell, became the most popular national hero since Wellington.  His audacity, his invention, and above all his sense of humour and his sportsmanship became the image in which the nation strove to mirror her young people.  For those nurtured in this stirring tradition – and they are many – Brian Gardner’s account of the Siege of Mafeking will come as a considerable surprise.” £10.00

Grant, James: Recent British Battles on Land and Sea. With Numerous Illustrations (London: Cassell & Company, no date) Large 8vo; original green half-morocco with matching pebble-grained cloth sides; spine with raised bands gilt, and title lettered direct in gilt to second compartment; marbled edges and endpapers; pp. xi + (i) + 624, incl. index; woodcut illustrations and maps throughout.  Boards a little rubbed, extremities worn,especially to joints at head, and corners turned; hinges starting, but with archival tape reinforcing; earlier owner’s name signed verso of front free endpaper; moderate foxing throughout.  A good copy.  This, the fourth volume in the series, published circa. 1897, is complete in its own right, without indications internally or externally of belonging to a larger work.  Very well illustrated with pictures from the contemporary illustrated press, including work by several well-known special correspondents, the book conveys the feel of the times, and covers the final Frontier War in South Africa, the Basotho Gun War, the Anglo-Zulu War, the Sekukuni Campaign, the First Anglo-Boer War, besides the conflicts in Afghanistan, the Sudan and Egypt, and some minor skirmishes. £60.00

Lloyd, A. W.: “Jambo” or With Jannie in the Jungle. Thirty East African Sketches (London: African Publications Ltd., [1920]) 250 x 188 mm; side-stitched pictorial card wrappers with yapp edges; pp. (viii) + 66 + (iv); adverts.; thirty captioned full-page cartoon illustrations printed on rectos.  Edges of wrappers a bit curled, as usual; earlier owner’s name signed inside upper cover; occasional fox spot.  An excellent copy.  The date for this edition is taken from SABIB 3 (p. 141), and also suggested by the fact that the chronology included in the book takes events up to Von Lettow-Vorbeck’s surrender in November 1918.  ‘Those who have been through it may laugh and make light of it; it is their right, and it is their gallant way!  But there will be many among us to whom the hardships and sufferings, endured by ours for us in the East African Campaign, will be a sobering and ineffaceable memory.  To know that the starved and ragged scarecrows are not caricatures, but just pictures from life of “our boys,” brings a “catch” in the voice when the laughter should be unbroken, and not many will be able to look at such pictures as “VICTOR” and “VANQUISHED,” or able to read “I have nothing to complain about!” without an afterthought.’ – From the Introduction by Sir Percy FitzPatrick. £65.00

Shaw, W. B. Kennedy: Long Range Desert Group. The Story of its Work in Libya 1940-1943 (London: Collins, 1945, 1st edition) 8vo; original khaki cloth, lettered in black on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. 221, incl. index; plates; maps, incl. folding.  Spine very slightly crumpled at head and tail; corners turned; earlier owner’s name signed on front free endpaper; trace of fishmothing to endpapers; moderate, sporadic foxing.  Good condition.  An insider’s account of the work of the Long Range Desert Group, in which Rhodesian and New Zealand soldiers played a prominent part.  “As Intelligence Officer of the Long Range Desert Group from July, 1940, until February, 1943, I took part in some of the operations of the first year and later, as a less active spectator at Group Headquarters, saw most of the game.” £10.00


Bender, Colin: Who Saved Natal? The story of the Victorian Harbour Engineers of Colonial Port Natal(no place, the author, 1988) Small 4to; original pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. xx + 162 + (v); plates; maps, including folding.  Dustwrapper a little rubbed, rippled and edgeworn; edges slighty spotted; occasional soiling or fingering.  Good condition.  ‘Tucked into the South East coast of Africa lies a tidal lagoon known over the years as eThekwini, Ponto de Pescario, Rio de Natalia and Port Natal. It was the pristine domain of the elephants, hippos and stone age Bushmen. Then came the Iron Age Zulus, the Ivory Hunters, the Voortrekkers and finally the settlers from the British Isles and India. On the 19th Century maritime charts, Port Natal was one of those romantic far off places … Windjammers, paddle steamers, dredgers, divers and hooting tugboats. But it was a navigator’s nightmare and a ship’s graveyard. The old sailing vessels were slowly giving way to the new steam monsters and Natal was desperate for a deep, safe harbour. He who won the battle of the sandbar would save Natal! “Who saved Natal” should be of interest to civil engineers, maritime historians and anyone who simply loves harbours. It is essentially the story of the Port Natal harbour engineers but is interlaced with the fascinating and turbulent history of Natal. For nearly sixty years members of the Institution of Civil Engineers suffered bitter disappointment and frustration. But finally, in 1907, they won the battle of the submarine sandbar and Port Natal became the maritime pride of Africa.’ £12.50


Clancey, P. A.: The Birds of Natal and Zululand (Edinburgh and London: Oliver & Boyd, 1964) Large 8vo; original green cloth; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xxxiv + 511, incl. index; colour frontis., and forty-one colour plate illustrations of birds, after the author’s paintings; seventeen photographic plate illustrations of habitat; large, folding map at rear.  Dustwrapper somewhat edgeworn, soiled and torn, with archival tape repairs to reverse, and penned plate reference beneath upper panel illustration; slight trace of fishmothing to edges of boards and top fore-corner of upper board slightly bumped; some soiling to edges; earlier owner’s striking bookplate to front pastedown; penned marginal reference codes and occasional annotations; sporadic light foxing.  Good condition.  “P. A. Clancey has engaged in extensive original research over the years since 1950 in order to make this account of the birds of Natal and Zululand and all the immediately adjacent territories of south-eastern Africa as up-to-date and authoritative as possible.  No work on South African birds since the early 1900’s has given such detailed descriptions of each species, and much information, hitherto available only in museum and specialised ornithological publications, has been collected together in this volume for the first time. … The fine series of paintings of birds has been specially prepared by the author.  It is hoped that ornithologists will find this work not only a valuable reference book but also a source of much pleasurable reading.” £25.00

Wolhuter, Harry: Memories of a Game-Ranger (Johannesburg: The Wild Life Protection Society of South Africa, 1949, 2nd edition) 8vo; original green boards, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; no dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (xvi) + 313 + (iii), incl. index; frontis. portrait; plates and illustrations in text.  Cover gilt a bit dull; spine ends crumpled; slight wear to extremities and bump to top fore-corner of lower board; trace of gum residue to upper cover; earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown, which has scuff over gift inscription; archival tape reinforcing to upper hinge; edges foxed and gutters quite so, especially in early leaves.  Fair to good.  “I suppose there can be few if any men in all Africa possessing a deeper knowledge and wider experience of bush lore in all its phases and in his prime he held all the qualities requisite to give effect to that knowledge and experience; a powerful frame, an iron constitution; cool courage and quiet determination.  In addition, his complete mastery of the local Bantu language, and acquaintance with their customs, earned him exceptional liking and respect among the tribal natives.  His unique exploit in killing, single-handed, and armed only with a knife, a full grown male lion which had seized, and was carrying him off, was in itself a feat rendering superfluous any further tributes to his rare courage and coolness; but it is worth remarking that in many hazards – happily all safely surmounted – which he has since incurred in the course of his duties, his nerve has shown itself to be just as calm and steady as it was when he underwent that terrible experience.” – From the Foreword by J. Stevenson-Hamilton £12.50


Blennerhassett, Rose, and Lucy Sleeman: Adventures in Mashonaland by Two Hospital Nurses(Bulawayo: Books of Rhodesia, 1975) Text facsimile of the Macmillan edition of 1893.  Volume Eight in the Rhodesiana Reprint Library Gold Series.  8vo; original dark green boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + xii + 340 + 8; plates, incl. map.  Very good dustwrapper has two short closed tears to top edge and small impression corresponding with point midway along upper joint; bottom edge of boards very slightly shelf-rubbed; earlier owner’s name and collector’s bookplate to front endpaper; edges a bit foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  Very good condition.  “The fever swamps and lion-infested mountain fastnesses which barred the eastern gateway to the Mashonaland of 1891 was no place for refined young ladies, but neither these natural barriers nor the Charter Company’s restriction on entry of women deterred Nurses Blennerhassett, Sleeman and Welby from accepting Bishop Knight-Bruce’s invitation to set up a mission hospital near Penhalonga. … The story of the development of their medical services in the face of extreme privation and natural hazards is one of the outstanding tales of Rhodesia’s pioneer women and a laudable chapter in the history of nursing in southern Africa.” £12.50


Ferreira, O.J.O., and Schalk W. le Roux: Sagres & Suiderkruis. Raakpunte tussen Portugal en Suid-Afrika deur vyf eeue (Gordon’s Bay: Adamastor, 2009) Signed by both authors on the title page.  8vo; original dark green rexine, lettered in red on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 387, incl. index; profusely illustrated with photographs, maps, and reproductions of contemporary artwork.  Near fine condition.  Afrikaans text.  A truly astonishing compendium on contact between Portugal and South Africa, ranging from legends relating to Prester John to the poetry of Camoens, from shipwreck on the South African coast to Louis Trichardt’s ill-fated trek to Delagoa Bay, from the role of Portugal in the Anglo-Boer War to Trevor Manuel’s marriage to Maria Ramos.  “Hierdie manuskrip deur twee erkende en uitstaande vakkundiges behoort by ‘n wye verskeidenheid lesers – wetenskaplikes en belangstellendes – byval te vind.  ‘n Aansienlike bydrae tot nuwe kennis oor die onderwerp word gemaak.  Dit is ‘n deeglike en wetenskaplike stuk werk oor ‘n onderwerp wat vir Suid-Afrika en Portugal belangrik is en waaroor baie min geskryf is.  Dit is nie alleen ‘n betroubare naslaanbron nie, maar lees genotvol omdat die skrywers dikwels klein menslike detail ingewerk het.” – Anton Roux, former director of the South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town. £50.00

Krikler, Jeremy: The Rand Revolt. The 1922 insurrection and racial killing in South Africa(Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2005) 234 x 154 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. xiv + (iv) + 405, incl. index; maps; plates.  Wrappers a little rubbed and curled, with slight damp-ripple to bottom edges of lower cover and final leaves; some spotting.  Good condition.  “Racial murder and rebellion lie at the heart of this book.  It focuses on South Africa’s ‘Rand Revolt’ of 1922, when Johannesburg and its surrounding towns were wracked by industrial strife, racial violence and insurrection.  White workers rose against their employers and the State, black people were hunted down through the streets, and strikers launched an onslaught upon police and the army.  Krikler recreates this world of intense conflict and analyses the sources and complex nature of its extreme passions.  The book suggests novel ways of looking at racial identity and violence, and breaks new ground in other ways – for example, in its assessment of the impact of the First World War on labour movements, and in its exploration of the significance of female violence during the upheaval.  Written with panache and a determination to explore deeper meanings, the book has wide implications for our understanding of race and class in South Africa and elsewhere.  It also offers a most vivid portrayal of a rebellion – with all its cruelty, heroism, drama and pathos.” £12.50

Meredith, Martin: Diamonds, Gold, and War. The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa(New York: Public Affairs, 2007) 8vo; papered boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (xviii) + 570, incl. index; plates.  Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed; trace of spotting to top edge.  Very good condition.  “Southern Africa had once been regarded as a worthless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world.  But in 1871, prospectors exploring a remote stretch of sun-scorched scrubland chanced upon the world’s richest deposits of diamonds.  Fifteen years later, an itinerant digger stumbled across the rocky outcrop of gold-bearing reef on a highveld ridge known as the Witwatersrand.  Beneath lay the richest deposits of gold ever discovered.  What followed was a titanic struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the region.  It culminated in the costliest, bloodiest, and most humiliating war that Britain had waged in nearly a century, and left the Boer republics devastated.  The Anglo-Boer War played as important a part in the making of modern South Africa as did the Civil War in the development of the United States. … In this gripping history of the turbulent years leading up to the founding of the modern state of South Africa in 1910, Martin Meredith portrays the great wealth and raw power, the deceit, corruption, and racism that lay behind Britain’s empire-building in southern Africa.  Diamonds, Gold, and War is a tale of high adventure, high finance, and high politics.” £10.00

Pretorius, J Celestine (editor): Op Trek. Die daaglikse lewe tydens die Groot Trek (Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis, 2008) Oblong 4to; original laminated pictorial boards; pp. 240, incl. index; maps; profusely illustrated, including some pictures in full colour.  Boards very slightly rubbed; small scuffs to bottom edge of upper board and to upper joint at head.  Very good condition.  Afrikaans text.  “OP TREK is ‘n uitbeelding van die daaglikse lewe tydens die Groot Trek.  ‘n Mens lees van mense wat die Trek meegemaak het; van die voorbereidings vir die lang tog die onbekende in; van gevaarlike reis met die ossewa oor berge en vlaktes en deur vol riviere; van kosmaak op die trekpad; van die klere wat die Trekkers gedra het; van die maak van kerse, seep, kruithorings, swepe en pype; van onverskrokke jagters en noue ontkomings op die jagveld; hoe daar laer getrek is in tye van gevaar; van siektes, rate en medisyne; van die begrafnis van gestorwenes; van kerkdienste, die doop van kinders en die aanneming van jongmense as lidmate van die kerk; van geliefkoosde liedere wat gesing is; hoe die kinders skoolgegaan en leer lees en skryf het; van pret en plesier op bruilofsfeeste en op Nuwejaar en die vreugde wanneer die smous opgedaag het; van die lewe in waens, tente en hartbeeshuisies en hoe die eerste huise na die Trek gelyk het.  Die daaglikse lewe op trek word uitgebeeld soos Trekkers dit in dagboeke en herinneringskrifte opgeteken of vertel het, soos kunstenaars uit hulle tyd dit geteken of gekilder het en soos dit blyk uit die versameling voorwerpe in die Nasionale Kultuurhistoriese en Opelugmuseum wat aan Trekkers behoort het en in die Voortrekkermonumentmuseum besigtig kan word.  Dit sluit in boeke, wapens, kledingstukke, gebruiksartikels, foto’s end persoonlike besittings.  OP TREK is geskryf deur navorsers van die Nasionale Kultuurhistoriese en Opelugmuseum wat ‘n studie van hierdie versameling gemaak het.” £37.50

Rooseboom, Hans (compiler and editor): The Romance of the Great Trek. A collection of authoritative articles on the Life and Times of the Voortrekkers (Pretoria: The Society for Historical Knowledge, 1949) 271 x 209 mm; side-stitched pictorial wrappers; pp. 159; monochrome illustrations; colour plate.  Wrappers a touch rubbed and slightly bumped at bottom fore-corner; archival tape repair at head and tail of spine; staples somewhat rusted; occasional spotting.  Very good condition.  Produced to coincide with the opening of the Voortrekker Monument, this publication includes chapters by several noted Afrikaner writers, including Victor Pohl, Gustav Preller, and W. Punt.  The editor states in his introduction:  “The lack of suitable English Literature on the cherished beliefs, traditions and ambitions of the Afrikaner constitute the main reason why the average English-speaking South African knows so little of this subject and is thereby unable to appreciate the ideals of his neighbour, the Afrikaans-speaking South African.  The Society of Historical Knowledge, after the most careful consideration, decided that the publication of the Trek story in simple English, for the benefit of the English-speaking adolescent, might achieve remarkable results in this direction.” £12.50

Wannenburgh, Alf: Forgotten Frontiersmen (Cape Town: Howard Timmins, [ca 1980]) 8vo; original pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (xii) + 194; plates.  Dustwrapper a little marked and edgeworn, with some archival tape repairs; edges of boards rubbed; trace of foxing to edges.  Good condition.  “If we are to share the future, we should at least be able to share the past by rewriting our history in the perspective of the present-future.  In the chapters that follow, it is not my intention to write a history of the ‘Coloured People’.  History is a total process, and so too should be the recording of it.  My purpose will be achieved if the stories I relate prove to people, who believed their ancestors had only a passive part in our history, that their forefathers in fact played a dynamic role as pioneers and frontiersmen – that they are themselves today PEOPLE WITH A HISTORY.” £10.00


Dehan, Richard [Clothilda Graves]: The Dop Doctor (London: William Heinemann, 1911) 8vo; original olive green cloth, lettered in black on upper board and in gilt on spine; pp. (vi) + 671.  Cloth worn and a bit soiled, with trace of fishmothing; front free endpaper removed; earlier owner’s name signed on fly-leaf; binding somewhat slack; endpapers foxed, occasional spotting elsewhere.  “Particularly popular among English readers were the many jingoistic descriptions of battles and justifications of the Imperial spirit, well illustrated in … the flamboyant excesses (mingling crude realism and cruder romanticism) of novels such as The Dop Doctor by Richard Dehan (pseud. for Clothilda Graves), which was reprinted eighteen times in London within three years of its publication in 1910.” – Adey, et al: Companion to South African English Literature, p. 37. £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

Niven, Cecily (compiler): Jock and Fitz. In Commemoration of the Sixtieth Anniversary of the First Publication of Jock of the Bushveld (Cape Town: Longmans Southern Africa, 1968) 8vo; original papered boards; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 82; full-colour frontis. portrait; plates; some line drawings.  Earlier owner’s name signed on front pastedown; tape marks to rear free endpaper, with trace of offset to final blank; some foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere.  A very good copy.  “The diamond jubilee of the publication of that ever-young story Jock of the Bushveld fell in 1967. … Little has been published about the details of how the story came to be written, or of the artist, Edmund Caldwell, who drew the superb illustrations which have done so much to embellish the great story.  The author’s daughter, Cecily, has remedied this deficiency, and this volume is published as a commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the first publication of Jock’s story, to give the background of the well-loved book.” £17.50

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


Delegorgue, Adulphe: Adulphe Delegorgue’s Travels in Southern Africa (Durban: Killie Campbell Africana Library / Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1990 and 1997) Two volumes, each 232 x 150 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers.  Volume One:  Translated by Fleur Webb, introduced and indexed by Stephanie J. Alexander and Colin De B. Webb; pp. xxxii + (xii) + 359, incl. index; facsimile frontis., title page, and some preliminaries from the original French edition; map; illustrations after those in the original edition.  Volume Two:  Translated by Fleur Webb, introduced and annotated by Stephanie J. Alexander and Bill Guest; pp. xxxii + (ii) + 401, incl. index; facsimile frontis. from the first edition; maps; illustrations reproduced from original edition.  Wrappers very slightly rubbed in first volume, with trace of spotting to edges.  Very good condition.  “To South Africa in 1838 came Adulphe Delegorgue, a young French naturalist with a passion for information, a keen eye and a ready wit … and a mighty elephant gun.  The first volume of his famous Travels describes his brief journeyings in the Cape Colony and the early part of his several years of hunting and specimen-collecting in Natal and Zululand.  (Volume 2 … includes travels across the Limpopo River.)  Fleur Webb’s lively translation allows English readers, for the first time, to enjoy Delegorgue’s ebullience, and to see through his eyes the Port Natal settlement, Trekker life, and the pomp and pageantry of Mpande’s court.  An especial pleasure is his account of the plants and animals of Natal and Zululand, still fresh and unspoiled by pollution and destructive exploitation. … No other tale of hunting and adventure, no other account of Boers and Zulus, no other chronicle of travels in nineteenth century southern Africa offers the reader such a rich blend of history, biology, Gallic charm – and vigorous entertainment.” £40.00

Meiring, Jane: The Truth in Masquerade. The Adventures of François le Vaillant (Cape Town: Juta, no date [ca 1972]) 4to; original boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (xii) + 242, incl. index; two maps; plates after Le Vaillant’s own illustrations.  Dustwrapper a little edgeworn and very slightly rubbed; very faint damp-stain to top edge of endpapers; a little light foxing to edges and endpapers.  Very good condition.  “Francois le Vaillant’s Journals of his travels into the interior of the eastern and north-western Cape in the years 1781 to 1784 form one of the most interesting and well-written of such accounts by early travellers in South Africa.  Although much of what he wrote appeared far-fetched and raised considerable controversy and even ridicule in his own time and subsequently, the original journals are extremely readable and amusing.  The author of this book has succeeded in bringing them truly to life … Here, then, is the story of Francois le Vaillant as he emerges from his own recounting of his adventures; not concerned with the many controversies which have surrounded him and his work for nearly 200 years, but presenting him as he obviously wished to be seen by his contemporaries and by posterity.” £15.00

Park, Mungo: Travels in the Interior of Africa (Stroud: Nonsuch, 2005) 235 x 156 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 281; illustrations and text from the 1860 edition.  Slight curl to corners of wrappers.  Very good condition.  “Mungo Park, surgeon, botanist and explorer, was born in Foulshiels, Scotland, into a society increasingly fascinated with the dark and largely uncharted continent of Africa.  It was in 1795, however, at the tender age of twenty-three that Park truly made his name, leading an expedition that consisted only of himself and local guides.  Travels in the Interior of Africa is the explorer’s own account of this momentous attempt to chart the course of the Niger river, and the perils and wonders that accompanied his journey.  His second expedition, which set out in 1805, is described posthumously from letters and journals.  The bare facts of these incursions into a land both hostile and savage, welcoming and lavish, seem stranger than any fiction, and yet remain simply observations upon the most intrepid of adventures.” £6.50

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