Dear Customer, Friends
You most likely wonder what happened to me as my promised February/March auction/s did not transpire.  I write this on 14 April. Alas. This is not an April Fool’s joke.  My auction site is not functioning properly and my old email address is also out of commission.
I have gathered together an interesting assortment of 23 books.  Unfortunately the interactive part of my web-site is currently out of order so we will work with emails and sms only. Send me bids to or 0833217872. I will enter your bids on the auction page so you will be able to view the current bid and see if it is yours or a new bid. I will also endeavour to notify you if a bid of yours is no longer winning.   I will try to get the auction up and running with the interactive bidding working,  if that happens.
 There are some interesting books  on this auction on ….. Walter Battiss, towns & other places of interest, sport & travel & reference.
The usual terms of sale apply, delivery charges are extra – we will quote after the auction finishes.
Best wishes
Dennis Slotow
ABC Bookshop
cell:  0833217872
Auction 2021.02 is running and finishes @ 7pm SA time on Wednesday 28 April

Lot #02/01 Walter Battiss associated book …. Draai sy nek om by Chris du Toit.  Nek most interesting Battiss association, with front  dust jacket design by him and an interesting handwritten, signed statement on the front end-paper by Battiss: “Tos [Chris du Toit] says I am the basis of the Art Master. He says ”The Art Master in the book is a feeble attempt to immortalize a few of your qualities.” [signed] Walter Battiss, 1.9.75. This Afrikaans novel was an attempt to view the world, education & church, through the eyes of a boy growing up in South Africa. Chris du Toit taught English as a colleague of Battiss, for a while, at Pretoria Boys High School. He was the leading Afrikaans film star of the time. Inscribed & signed by Chris du Toit. Johannesburg, Siesta-publikasies, 1975. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 151. Dust jacket rubbed. Good+ Reserve price: R1150.00 bids welcome sold = R2000.00 [N.D.]

Lot #02/02 Dagboek van F.D. Trollope, No. 233892, 8 April 1943 tot 17 Maart 1944 by F.D. Trollope. Photocopy of a diary, kept by an Afrikaner, who was with an engineering division in North Africa, during the Second World War. Afrikaans text. The diary is in photocopy, printer wrappers & spiral bound. Name-stamp on end-paper. VG.  Reserve price: R150.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/03 Uitlanders and Colonists who fought for the flag, 1899-1900 by Horace W. Nicholls. An outstanding photographic record of the camps & marches of various (mainly) Natal colonial regiments, including the I.L.H., Bethunie’s Mounted Infantry, Natal Carbineers, Border Mounted Rifles & others. The photos & their reproduction for this album are outstanding, with clarity apparent in even large group photos, whilst scenes of troop movements are also very clear. HACKETT, p 92. Johannesburg, The Goch Studio, (c. 1900). First edition. Unpaginated, but 64 pp., full page & smaller photos, including 2 foldout photo-plates. Original red cloth, with gilt titles, cloth a bit rubbed & marked, some of the gilding has been rubbed off the titles. The text block, which stapled, has come loose from the binding, one or two of the tissue guards are missing, further very good. Overall Good+ Reserve  bid: R2400.00 sold = R2800.00 [J.E.]


Lot #02/04 Kamieskroon vyftig, 1923-1973: ‘n feesblad An interesting history of this Namaqualand area, consisting of short articles, letters & numerous photos. Afrikaans text. Kamieskroon, Kamieskroon Halfeeufeeskomitee, 1973. First edition. 4to. Thin card covers. Pp. 128, black / white photos, portraits, facsimile. Spine slightly creased, light foxing. Good+ Reserve price: R230.00 bids welcome sold = R300.00 [A.U]


Lot #02/05 En die Oranje vloei verby by Sangiro [pseudonym of A.A. Pienaar]. The author travelled in the barren wilderness around Bushmanland, Namaqualand & South West Africa. He describes travel, the Bushmen, farmers & other veld dwellers. Afrikaans text. A particularly nice copy in the scarce dust jacket. Johannesburg, Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel, 1954. Derde druk. 8vo. Cloth. Dust jacket. Pp. 155, photo-plates. Dust jacket chipped & rubbed, inscription on end-paper, some browning. Good+  Reserve price: R240.00 bids welcome



Lot #02/06 In the shadow of the Drakensberg [The story of East Griqualand and its people] by John Shephard. A study of the early history of colonists and their contact with the Griquas living in the area of Nomansland. Durban, T.W. Griggs & Co., 1976. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. v,(vii),185, black / white photos, portraits, maps. Dust jacket preserved by wrap-around plastic, page-edges lightly marked. Good+ Reserve price: R450.00  sbsold = R450.00 [T.W.S.] bid = R550.00 [H.R.] bid = R700.00 [T.W.S.] bid = R800.00 [H.R.] bid = R900.00 [T.W.S.] sold = R1000.00 [H.R.]

Lot #02/07 Landmarks in the story of the French Protestant Church in Basutoland during the first hundred years of its existence, 1833-1933 by  Rev. Victor Ellenberger. A useful little history of Protestant contribution to missionary work in Lesotho, by someone who spent many years there. London, Basuto & Barotse Mission, (c. 1933). First English language edition. 8vo. Printer wrappers. Pp. 35, plates, portraits, map. Quite a lot of foxing, previous owner’s signature at head of chapter one. Good+   Reserve price: R370.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/08 The Cape Peninsula: an illustrated brochure descriptive of the Cape Peninsula as a holiday resort A small pamphlet, with brief text & some good photos, showing old buildings, landscapes, sports, etc.. With some interesting adverts.. Cover title: “Capetown.” Cape Town, The Cape Peninsula Publicity Association, (c. 192-?). First edition. 8vo. Printer wrappers. Pp. 46, black / white photos, map. Browning & foxing. Good+ Reserve price: R200.00 bids welcome




Lot #02/09 Mad cows and river spiders: chronicles of a Dusi novice by Gary Green. Inscribed & signed by the . Durban, Reach Publishers, 2009. First edition. 8vo. Thin card covers. Pp. 127, colour photo-plates, portraits. Covers lightly marked, corners very slightly creased. Good+ Reserve price: R140.00 bids welcome sold = R140.00 [T.W.S.]


Lot #02/10 Sundays: tales from a winding river by Bartle Logie. This book is an account of the Eastern Cape river, the history surrounding its flow from the top of Lootsberg, through Graaff-Reinet, across the Karoo, into Kirkwood & to the sea at Port Elizabeth. The author gives historical details on families & farms on the route. Inscribed & signed by the author inside front cover. Port Elizabeth, Publishing, 2011. First edition. 8vo. Card covers. Pp. 248, black / white photos, portraits, maps. VG. Reserve price: R140.00 sold = R140.00 [GvdM]


Lot #02/11  Weerlig in die weste: ‘n geskiedenis van Lichtenburg by Johannes de BeerA fairly detailed history of this Western Transvaal town. Includes quite a bit on the Anglo-Boer War & other military. Afrikaans text. Johannesburg, Perskor-uitgewery, 1973. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 187, black / white photo-plates, portraits, facsimiles, maps. Dust jacket rubbed, spine sunned,  name written on fore-edges of pages & on paste-down & end-paper. Good+ Reserve price: R450.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/12 Pioneers of Rhodesia by Edward C. Tabler. An excellent who’s who of politicians, prospectors, soldiers, missionaries, hunters & traders, with  details. Cape Town, C. Struik, 1966. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. viii,185, black / white plates. Dust jacket worn & a bit torn, cover corners slightly bumped, light browning. Good+  Reserve price: R570.00 bids welcome sold = R650.00 [D.A.]


Lot #02/13 To the Victoria Falls via Matabeleland: The Diary of Major Henry Stabb, 1875 edited by Edward C. Tabler. Early account of travel & hunting in Southern Rhodesia. Cape Town, C. Struik, 1967. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Dust jacket. Pp. xii,268, portraits, end-paper map.  Dust jacket very slightly rubbed, faint browning, previous owner’s name of front paste-down. VG. Reserve price: R450.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/14 Expedition in east-central Africa, 1888-1891 …. A report by Carl Wiese …. edited with an introduction and comments by Harry W. Langworthy …. translated from the Portuguese by Donald Ramos. An account by a German hunter/trader of an unofficial Portuguese mission to the court of the Ngoni king at Mpezeni. This exciting book looks at culture, politics, trade & hunting in what is today, Zambia & Malawi. Norman [USA], University of Oklahoma Press, 1983. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Dust jacket. Pp. xvi,383,(1), black / white photos, maps. Dust jacket spine title faded [now protected by wrap-around plastic], foxing & browning. Good+ Reserve price: R400.00 bids welcome sold = R600.00 [H.M.]


Lot #02/15 A pioneering hunter by Brian Marsh. An autobiography of a professional hunter who hunted East Africa, Mozambique, the Rhodesias & Botswana. Copy no. 299 of a limited printing of 1000 numbered copies, signed by the author. The 54th book published in the “Classics in African Hunting Series.” Contained in matching cloth slip-case. Long Beach [USA], Safari Press, 2006. First edition. 8vo. Decorative cloth. Pp. xi,(i),244, black / white photo-plates, portraits, illustrations. Fine. Reserve price: R1550.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/16 Does the noise in my head bother you? Further graffiti by Arnold Benjamin. Really fun & funny, deliberate & full of errors. An example: I like my job. Its the work I hate. Johannesburg, Peter Brown, 1973. First edition. 8vo. Thin card covers. Pp. 79,(1), black / white photos, portraits,  Good. Reserve price: R120.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/17 Woodstock glass: a history of the South African Glass Company (Limited) and Cook Brothers Glass Works both of Papendorp and Woodstock together with an appendix on the recognition of ducts and illustrations of these by Don Hodgkiss. A useful guide to this collectible glassware. Signed by the author. Cape Town, Grafix, 1971. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 109, illustrations, facsimiles, plan, map. Reserve price: R360.00 sold = R360.00 [C.C.]


Lot #02/18 Rediscovering the Cape Glass Company at Glencairn: history and archaeology of an industrial enterprise, 1902-1906 by Sharma Saitowitz & Ethleen Lastovica. Excellent study of this collectible glassware, bottles, etc.. Germiston, Consol Glass, 1998. First edition. 8vo. Card covers. Pp. Xii,107, black / white photos, illustrations, diagrams, facsimiles, tables, maps & plans. VG.  Reserve price: R220.00 sold = R220.00 [C.C.]


Lot #02/19 Systematics and biology of the Cape genus Sparaxis (Iridaceae) by Peter Goldblatt & John Manning. One of the excellent “Strelitzia” series (#32), this being a monograph of these beautiful Cape plants. Pretoria, SANBI, 2013. First edition. 8vo. Thin card covers. Pp. iii,76, colour photos, illustrations, tables, maps. VG. Reserve price: R270.00 bids welcome sold = R270.00 [T.W.S.]


Lot #02/20 The Apocynaceae of Namibia by P.V. Bruyns. These are among my favourite plants, the Namibian family of Apocynaceae made up of about 80% of  the genera Ceropegia & Stapelia, many endemic to Namibia. “Stelitzia” #34. Pretoria, SANBI, 2014. First edition. Thin card covers. Pp. iv,158,(1), colour photos, pencil sketches,  tables,  colour maps. VG. Reserve price: R380.00 bids welcome bid = R380.00 [T.W.S.] bid = R500.00 [A.U.] sold = R600.00 [T.W.S.]


Lot #02/21  Medicinal and magical plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist by T.H. Arnold, C.A. Prentice, L.C. Hawker, E.E. Snyman, M. Tomalin, N.R. Crouch & C. Pottas-Bircher. A guide to the published literature on medicinal, magical, toxicological & ecological sources. Pretoria, National Botanical Institute, 2002.  First edition. 4to. Hardcover. Pp. (iv),203. VG. Reserve price: R380.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/22  Tussen twee riviere by Aletta Lübbe …. met inleidings deur Dolf van Niekerk. Account of various bits of travel (most often to rivers) around the country, originally SABC brief essays. Afrikaans text.  Johannesburg, Voortrekkerpers, 1970. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 106, illustrations. Dust jacket edge-worn, some browning, rubber-stamp by the publishers. Good+ Reserve price: R220.00 bids welcome


Lot #02/23  Die Afrikaner-familienaamboek …. Personalia 1955 …. Sktse en besonderhede omtrent die voorgeslagte van bekende Afrikanerfamilies compiled by J.H. Redelinghuys. An Afrikaner who’s who for 1955 & separately a section on Afrikaner family names, with some genealogical details. Cape Town, Publisitas, 1955. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. 251+ 311, portraits. Corners a bit bumped, name-stamp & address on front end-paper Good+ Reserve price: R390.00 sold = R390.00 [G.N.]