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LIST OF CASUALTIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN FIELD FORCE, From 11th October, 1899, to 20th March, 1900.
Oaklands, Essex: Oaklands, 1972.
Folio, burgandy buckram gilt lettered. Over 700 pages. Glue residue to front pastedown from removed label; covers have soft bruises to outer corners; book leaned; very nearly fine otherwise. A facsimile reprint with a new foreword by M.G. Hibbard. "I believe that this re-issue...will become a 'must' for the serious collector of Boer War Medals, for not only will it provide a ready reference to the casualties sustained by the British side in any nation, but it will help to give a medal its rightful recognition. Never in the history of medal collecting has it been so important to identify whether the recipient was a casualty."- from the foreword. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$85.00 Book Number: 13088 Order / Enquire
SINKING SHIP BLUES
Toronto (Oakville): Oasis, 1977.
Squarish 12mo, yellow card covers, blue card fly leaves. (74),  pp, printed on light tan paper stock. Illustrations by the author. A particularly fine copy, complete with the original plain tissue wrapper. The scarce FIRST BOOK of this dissendent Afrikaaner South African writer who was in prison at time of publication. 26 poems translated from the Afrikaans into English by Andre P. Brink and others. Cover design by the publisher Ludwig Zeller. Introductory note by Laurens Vancrevel and introductory poem "The Freedom Train" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.
$50.00 Book Number: 23470 Order / Enquire
POMEGRANATES: A Poem. With drawings by James Boswell
London: Boriswood, 1932.
Octavo, pink card covers. pp (14), (2). One colour illustration. Tidy ink owner name (date on other side) at top of first (blank) leaf; tape stains to first and last leaf; front cover curled at fore edge; vertical crease to rear cover; in all just good, but clean and unworn. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced, depending upon your location.
$14.95 Book Number: 34666 Order / Enquire
THE WAYZGOOSE: A South African Satire
London: Cape, 1928.
Squarish octavo, tan cloth. pp 61, (3). Tidy ink owner name at top margin of front free endpaper, with ink date on the other side, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy. Author's second book of poetry. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced, depending upon your location.
$19.00 Book Number: 34688 Order / Enquire
THE FLAMING TERRAPIN
London: Cape, 1924.
Orange boards with tan cloth spine with paper label. Label is tanned, with tiny chips. VG jacketless copy, with publisher's reply postcard laid in. The noted South African poet's first book. Campbell, quite a good poet, translator, and scholar, has been neglected for some years, probably because of his right wing stances (pro-Franco; anti-Bloomsbury; practicing Catholic). He was considered by T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas and Edith Sitwell to have been one of the best poets of the period between the First and Second World Wars.
$25.00 Book Number: 44689 Order / Enquire
THE GEORGIAD: a satirical fantasy in verse
London: Boriswood, 1931.
Tall octavo, blue cloth. Light yellowing to endpapers and page edges, covers a little bowed, else fine. Buff dust jacket has splits, nicks, and shallow chips along top edge (a bit too tall for the book); one inch split to top of front spine fold extending horizontally across spine; some neat internal repairs; overall light tanning; rear panel has some foxing, with browing to top two inches; in all, good, but still respectable in appearance, flap price intact, in a plastic protector. A savage attack on Bloomsbury ("intellectuals without intellect"), which Campbell grew to loathe for what he regarded as its sexual inversion, atheism, snobbishness, pessimism, and anti-patriotism. Parsons A6a, this binding. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$30.00 Book Number: 44690 Order / Enquire
CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer
LONDON TO LADYSMITH Via Pretoria
Toronto: Copp, Clark, 1900.
Octavo, tan pictorial cloth stamped in red and black. pp (xiv), 496 + folding frontispiece map and two other folding maps; 5 maps & plans in text. Spine only very lightly darkened, with red fleur-de-lys device sunned; two tiny brown spots on rear cover; neat ink private owner name at top margin of front free endpaper; frontispiece map creased at fore edge; front free endpaper and early leaves show an indentation from the frontispiece map; else a fine, bright and tight, unusually nice copy of WSC's 4th book. Cohen A.4.3.a. Made from either sheets or plates of the 1900 US edition, though the binding is different (similar, but not exactly the same, as the UK edition). This Canadian issue is scarcer than either the UK or US editions.
$750.00 Book Number: 28403 Order / Enquire
London: Collins, 1937.
First edition of this noted white South African author's first novel, a story of the Great Boer Trek of 1836. Brown cloth, endpaper maps. Spine very slightly sunned, else fine. Jacket has a few edge nicks; white rear panel dust soiled and with 2 inch tear at top internally repaired; very minor rubbing to foot of spine; VG + bright example otherwise. When the English freed the slaves in South Africa in the middle of harvest, the Boer farmers lost their crops, so they mostly pulled up stakes and headed north to found the Orange Free State. Presumed export issue jacket with no flap price and with small Toronto bookstore of the period rubber stamp to botttom of front free endpaper.
$50.00 Book Number: 4324 Order / Enquire
DUCKITT, Hildagonda J. (1840-1905)
HILDA'S DIARY OF A CAPE HOUSEKEEPER. Second thousand
London: Chapman & Hall, 1902.
Second printing, same year as the first. Original pink cloth lettered in red, black endpapers. pp [12, including frontispiece illustration of her home, Groote Poste), (302), (2, ads). Sleeve for pencil at rear fore edge (original long gone, of course, but we have supplied another). Illustration on p 274 showing how to kill a crab humanely. Once the property of one Ivy Roberts, who has written her name large in black ink on the front cover and smaller in the top margin of the title page. Ms Roberts has also written a recipe in ink on the blank page 80 and in pencil on p. 77 (blank leaves are provided after each month's text for this purpose; spine lightly darkened with almost all of the red lettering rubbed away, two inch cloth tear to lower rear joint neatly repaired; large soil spots to covers, with cloth bubbling from damp to lower front cover; ink later owner name on front fly leaf; cracks to inner hinges neatly repaired; a large chunk torn from the fore margin of the rear endpaper has been neatly replaced with rice paper and coloured to match the endpaper; yellowing to page edges; occasional small soil spots in text but the large majority of the text is clean; in all, only a fair to good copy of this South African cookery and domestic economy classic, reprinted in facsimile by Macmillan in 1978. A sequel to her "Hilda's 'Where Is It?' of Recipes" (1891), which the Dictionary of South African Biography describes as "the first attempt to compile a recipe book for South Africans and to include traditional recipes from all the racial groups at the Cape'. Dictionary of South African biography' describes "Hilda's "Where is it'" of recipes' as "the first attempt to compile a recipe book for South Africans and to include traditional recipes from all the racial groups at the Cape'. Miss Duckitt has been called "The Mrs. Beeton of South Africa". The present month is arranged by months and contains not just recipes but notes on housekeeping. The only early printings were the two 1902 printings totaling only 2000 copies, which accounts for it being a scarce book today. A cornerstone of an African cookery collection.
$250.00 Book Number: 38550 Order / Enquire
EVANS, David S., Terence J. Deeming, Betty Hall Evans, and Stephen Goldfarb, editors (Sir John Herschel)
HERSCHAL AT THE CAPE: diaries and reminscences of Sir John Herschel, 1834-1838
Austin: University of Texas Press, 1969.
Green cloth, green endpapers. pp (xxxviii), 398 + 20 plates on text paper; 13 figures and 2 maps in text. Bump to upper outer corners of covers, sunning to the green top page edges, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has small tears and very small tears, two inch split to rear flap fold, rubbing to foot of spine and flap folds; good or a bit better. The first volume in the Humanities. Research Center History of Science Series. Besides his astronomical observations at the Cape of Good Hope, the diaries contain personal matter, gossip, natural history, travel, politics, and more. Sir John was one of the founders of the astronomy of the Southern Hemisphere. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be requried.
$25.00 Book Number: 39098 Order / Enquire
The Great Anglo-Boer War
New York: Norton, c1990,
Fourth printing. pp xiv, 495 + photos. Index, glossary, bibliographjy. Ink owner name at front, very nearly fine othersise.
$10.00 Book Number: 44193 Order / Enquire
SIX FEET OF THE COUNTY: fifteen short stories
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1956.
White cloth and green boards. Private bookplate on front free endpaper; light yellowing to fore edges; soft vertical ridge to spine; else fine. Jacket has very small corner chips at head of spine, rear panel very lightly yellowed, else fine, flap price intact. Author's fifth book, stories mostly set in her Native South Africa.
$125.00 Book Number: 41827 Order / Enquire
SOMETHING OUT THERE
London: Cape, 1984.
Maroon boards. Fine in fine jacket. A novella and short stories by the South African Nobel Laureate.
$19.00 Book Number: 43206 Order / Enquire
GRAYDON, William Murray
WITH BOER AND BRITISHER IN THE TRANSVAAL
New York: Street and Smith, (c. 1900),
Green pictorial cloth stamped in black, white and salmon, green page edges. pp , 203, . Spine cloth a little bubbled, with nicks and mild wear to tips, a short wrinkle, delicate white spine lettering flaked but still just readable; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; endpaper foxing; else a VG clean, unworn, and now tight copy. A scarce boy's adventure novel about the Boer War.
$40.00 Book Number: 26165 Order / Enquire
KRUGER'S ALP (signed proof)
London: Heinemann, 1984.
Advance uncorrected proof, signed by the author on the front wrapper. Clear plastic front cover, unfinished card rear cover, black cloth backstrip. Half inch tear to lower inner corner of front cover, light yellowing to page edges, just a mite leaned, else fine. Third novel of this lauded South African writer. The unorthodox, somewhat crude format of this proof suggests an even smaller print run than normal for such things.
$65.00 Book Number: 7790 Order / Enquire
A MAN AND TWO WOMEN
London: Macgibbon & Kee, 1963.
Octavo, 304 pp. Blue boards. Light foxing to top page edges; Canadian distributor's name and Canadian price indicated in ink to upper inner corner of rear pastedown (the copy was owned by a book reviewer), else fine, no owner names. Price-clipped dust jacket shows yellowing to white spine lettering; light soiling to white rear panel; creases to foot of spine; 1 cm nick to upper inner corner of front panel; else VG, attractive. A collection of short stories. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature.
$35.00 Book Number: 18716 Order / Enquire
IN PURSUIT OF THE ENGLISH. A Documentary.
London: Macgibbon & Kee, 1960.
Octavo, 239 pp. Black boards. Light yellowing to page edges and front free endpaper, else fine, no owner names. Pale blue jacket has slight sunning to spine, with red portions turned to yellow; similar sunning to top of front panel; white rear panel lightly dust soiled, tanned; half inch edge tear to front panel; VG+ otherwise, with no chips or clips. Autobiographical writings covering her emigration from South Africa and her first few years in England. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature.
$45.00 Book Number: 7480 Order / Enquire
A MAN AND TWO WOMEN.
London: Macgibbon & Kee, 1963.
Octavo, 304 pp, blue boards. Sticker stain to upper inner front pastedown, light yellowing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. Price-clipped dust jacket has light rubbing; light dust soiling to rear panel; ring stain to front panel noticable only with a close look; VG+ otherwise, still attractive. A collection of short stories. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature.
$22.00 Book Number: 20665 Order / Enquire
THE MEMOIRS OF A SURVIVOR: A Novel
New York: Knopf, 1975.
Octavo, 182 pp, white cloth. Fine copy, no owner names, no fading to the mauve top page edges, in fine jacket. Basis of the film starring Julie Christie.
$18.95 Book Number: 39010 Order / Enquire
DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE SENTIMENTAL AGENTS IN THE VOLYEN EMPIRE
London: Cape, 1983.
Octavo, 178 pp. Dark blue boards. Ink gift inscription on front fly leaf; small tan spot to lower fore edges, fine, in fine, price-clipped jacket. The final novel in the Canopus in Argos sequence. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature.
$15.00 Book Number: 39265 Order / Enquire