Africana Book Collectors was founded by my mother and late father in 1969 in Pretoria, South Africa. Our store was called Africana Book Collectors. My dad was a practising GP, so I began to help out in our Arcadia, then Sunnyside store whilst still at school (1969). We specialised in new, used and antiquarian books and with the help of my older brother, Leon (who assisted with printing), we eventually put out nearly 100 catalogues which went all over the world.
My wife and I moved to Pietermaritzburg in 1986 and opened an attractive, large shop in an Edwardian house. We changed the name to ABC Bookshop. We subsequently opened a second shop in Hilton. Due to various reasons we closed down in Pietermaritzburg and opened a new store in Gateway, Durban.
We called our new store Great Books and experienced many thousands of visitors every month and in December/January upwards of 100 000 people a day. However it never proved a great venue for a specialist store and the hours we had to stay open seven days a week were onerous.
Eventually after a few years in Umhlanga we closed up shop. By then I had been doing a larger percentage of sales on the internet. I was online in Durban from the start there (2003) and my printed catalogues had long since been replaced for a web presence www.abcbook.co.za . I had been holding internet auctions since about 2009, gradually increasing my web presence (although not big enough to squash any of the big boys’ toes). Due to ill health, we have move back to our roots in Pretoria (South Africa) and expect to carry on with our small weekly auctions there. We are currently busy with auctions SIX & SEVEN.
What we do
We do a regular small africana auction of about 30 odd books. We specialise in books on any subject relating to Africa. Most of our customers are collectors of books on Africa (africana), either as a hobby or for research. Subjects covered and auctioned regularly include ARCHAEOLOGY, TRIBAL PEOPLE& ART, ARCHITECTURE, THE ARTS, LITERATURE, BIOGRAPHY, GENEALOGY, MAPS, HISTORY, 1820 SETTLERS, POLITICS, MILITARY, ANGLO-ZULU WAR, ANGLO-BOER WAR, EASTERN CAPE FRONTIER WARS, COLONIES & COLONISTS, MISSIONARIES, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, NATAL, EXPLORATION, TRAVELS, CECIL RHODES, DAVID LIVINGSTONE, THOMAS BAINES, FREDERICK COURTENEY SELOUS, PERCY FITZPATRICK, JAN SMUTS, MAPS, PRINTS, EPHEMERA, FIRST EDITIONS, FACSIMILES & REPRINTS all appear from time to time.
Please contact me about buying or selling Africana books, maps, prints or ephemera. Visit our auction page to view our regular auctions.
Dennis & Ansie Slotow