Our Auction Twelve is starting now
This auction has some interesting literary lots as well as some political pamphlets. Three are worth mentioning ….
Lot #12/04 The life and explorations of David Livingstone, LL.D. carefully compiled from reliable sources A popular biography of the time, attributed to John S. Roberts. It gives a fairly comprehensive picture of Livingstone’s life, mission work & explorations. There were a number of variant issues of this publication, some bound in black leather, some with sepia illustrations, or more or fewer colour illustrations. HOSKEN (p. 126) had a different edition. This copy has a total of 12 stunning colour plates, showing scenes from Livingstone’s life. They are lovely, brightly coloured, well printed chromolithographs. London, Walter Scott, 1887. Early edition. 4to. Decorative cloth, all edges gilt. Pp. viii,632, colour frontispiece & additional colour title-page, 10 colour plates. Cover gilt rubbing off, frayed at head & foot of spine & corners, back cover a bit stained, school prize-label partially removed from front paste-down, front inner-hinge splitting & repaired, rear inner-hinge strained. Good. Reserve price: R1550.00 bids welcome
Lot #12/22 Eerste Jaarverslag van het Eerste Kongres der Vrouwen Nationale Partij, gehouden te Johannesburg, Transvaal, op 18, 19 en 20 April, 1916 A report of the first congress of the “Vrouwen Nationale Partij” which was held in Johannesburg, attended by about 100 female delegates from all around South Africa.The intention of the political party was not to actively seek political representation in Parliament, but to express Afrikander values, political & gain national awareness & to support their men folk in their political aspirations. Includes the constitution. There is a photograph of the whole group & a list of delegates. An important document, published 14 years before women got the vote. Not listed in SABIB or on the internet. (Johannesburg (?), The Party, 1916). First edition. 8vo. Printer wrappers. Pp. 34,(4), photo, table. VG. Reserve price: R1250.00 bids welcome
Lot #12/20 Under the blue roof. Sketches of a settler’s life in the Transvaal backveld, 1908 to 1921 by C.R. Prance. (Nylstroom [South Africa], Privately published, c.1923). First edition. 8vo. Original blue boards. Pp. 93,(1). Covers rubbed & edge-worn (particularly along the spine), rubber name-stamp on end-paper & title-page, bookshop stamp at bottom of title-page. Good+ The author’s first published book, being a collection of mainly satirical short stories & sketches set in the Transvaal. Most of the stories were previously published in “Farmer’s Weekly” and such like magazines. Altogether Prance produced about 5/6 books, mainly on the Transvaal bushveld, where he lived on a farm for some years. He was born in Nottingham, England and the bookseller H.B. Saxton was most likely his outlet there. Quite a rare book of stories. Reserve price: R500.00 bids welcome
Richard Wadley, a customer of many years, who is busy writing the history of the Waterberg, has kindly agreed to my inserting a brief memo from him on Prance (lot #12/20). I like to give a perspective other than my own when possible & I hope it makes interesting reading for you.
For thirteen years (1908-1921), Cyril Rooke Prance, a product of an English public school and Cambridge education, farmed on a rented property among the hills of the remote western Waterberg (now part of the Marakele National Park). The stories in this book mainly relate to events and experiences on the farm during that time. What’s interesting about Prance’s stories – in my experience at least – is that although he uses false (and amusing) names for people and places, many of them are closely based on factual events in the region. I’ve encountered several real incidents and had to stop and think, “Where did I hear about this before?”, until I realised I’d read about the incident concerned in one of Prance’s stories. He served in the SA Constabulary for four years before going farming; in the course of both those occupations, he came across many unusual personalities and remarkable events. His elder brother Ernest was for a couple of years the parish priest for the English church in Nylstroom – and his sister Edith, who had been an ambulance driver in France in WW1, also came out to SA and in the 1930s, drove for three weeks alone through the newly opened Kruger Park. Afterwards, she wrote a book about her adventures called “Three Weeks in Wonderland,” which became quite a big seller and helped put the park on the tourist map. Ernest and Edith eventually returned to England, but Cyril stayed on and died in Pt Shepstone in 1955.
Our auction 2017-SIX is over
Included on this auction are eleven books from Peter Capstick Library, Hunting & Adventure. Altogether fourteen books were published in the series, though they do not carry any series numbers. Each book contains a few page introductory biography on the author concerned. Other books on the auction include a number on exploration and development of Botswana and a couple of cook books.
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Updates on our Auction 2017-ONE & TWO
We recently acquired a small collection of used Africana books and maps. A few of the more valuable books were offered on our Auction 2017-ONE (see below). We do have a number of exciting books, including a dozen or more big game hunting books including:
Lot #2/6 Heat, thirst & ivory by Fred Everett. This book is the real thing. The memories of a boy who began poaching & hunting in the 1930s in Southern Africa. In his youth he hunted in Botswana, Angola & Rhodesia. A great read, with illustrations by Jorge Enrique. The 38th book in the “Classics in African Hunting Series.” Copy no. 432 of an edition limited to 1000 copies, signed by the author & contained in a slip=case. Long Beach [USA], Safari Press, 2002. First edition. 4to. Decorative cloth. Pp. xi,285, illustrations. Fine copy. Reserve price: R960.00 bids welcome
As well as a number of books on TRAVEL & AFRICAN MILITARY & two MAPS.
Look forward to receiving your email auction 2017-TWO listing 33 lots, early next week. In the meantime you can view the results of auction 2017-ONE below. You are welcome to bid on unsold lots.
Lot #1/1 Zimbabwe cavalcade: Rhodesia’s romance by B.G. Paver. The story of Rhodesia’s prehistory & tribal history. (Johannesburg), Central News Agency, 1950. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Dust jacket. Pp. viii,164, photo=plates, illustrations, end=paper maps. Dust jacket slightly damaged & foxed, now protected by wraparound plastic, previous owner’s details, some foxing. Good+ Reserve price: R120.00 sold: R120.00
Lot #1/2 Some famous Rhodesian trials by Alan Hardy. Nine interesting & unusual trials, including highway robbery, embezzlement, murder & witchcraft. “Down Memory Lane Series.” Bulawayo, Books of Zimbabwe, 1981. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. (ix),151, photo=plates, portraits, facsimiles, maps. Dust jacket rubbed, now protected by wraparound plastic, some faint browning. Good+ Reserve price: R190.00 sold: R200.00
Lot #1/3 The guardians: a story of Rhodesia’s outposts – and of the men and women who served in them by Joy Maclean …. with line drawings by A.J. Bundock. A history of the Southern Rhodesian Native Department, which had as directive to reconcile the two major cultures. Bulawayo, Books of Rhodesia, 1974. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. (xvi,i),305, photo=plates, portraits, illustrations, map. Dust jacket edges frayed & chipped, now protected with wraparound plastic covers slightly edge=worn, some browning in the text. Good+ Reserve price: R250.00 sold: R260.00
Lot #1/4 The monuments of Southern Rhodesia edited by Rowland J. Fothergill. A description of natural & built monuments from Rhodesia’s past & present. Bulawayo, The Commission for the Preservation of Natural and Historical Monuments and Relics, 1953. First edition. 8vo . Cloth. Pp. 128, photoplates, folding map. No dust jacket, name on end=paper. Good+ Reserve price: R170.00 sold: R170.00
Lot #1/5 First steps in civilizing Rhodesia: being a true account of the experiences of the earliest white settlers – men, women and children – in Southern and Northern Rhodesia by Jeannie M. Boggie. Includes brief biographies based on letters, journals & interviews, of pioneering Europeans, from all walks of life. Bulawayo, Kingstons Limited, 1962. Third edition. 4to. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. xvi,362,3), photos, portraits, illustrations, maps. Dust jacket a bit frayed & chipped, now protected by wraparound plastic. Good+ Reserve price: R370.00 sold: R400.00
Lot #1/6 Victoria Falls: visitors’ guide to Victoria Falls written & illustrated by Mrs. M. Newman. An attractive guide, with colour diagrams of the geology. Bulawayo, The Victoria Falls Publicity Association, (c. 1980s). First edition thus. 8vo. Printer wrappers. Pp. 78,2, adverts.), photos, illustrations, diagrams (some colour). Covers show some insect damage. Good. …. together with …. Guide to the Zimbabwe Ruins compiled by Mr. Neville Jones. This small guide has attractive folding maps of the historic sites of the Zimbabwe Ruins. Bulawayo, Department of Public Relations, 1950. First edition thus. 12mo. Printer wrappers. Pp. (vi),55, photoplates, folding maps. Some foxing. Sold as a collection. Reserve price: R250.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/7 A visit to Lobengula in 1889 by Lieutenant-Colonel H. Vaughan-Williams …. illustrations by Mary Vaughan=Williams. An account of pioneering travels through Bechuanaland & into Rhodesia. Glasgow, Privately published, 1947. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. viii,192, illustrations, portraits, plans. No dust jacket, spine frayed at tips, covers marked, previous owner’s signature, foxing. Good. Reserve price: R220.00 sold: R300.00
Lot #1/8 Barotseland: eight years among the Barotse by D.W. Stirke …. with an introductory chapter by Sir Harry Johnston. A missionary’s account of the customs, folk=tales, song & legends of the Barotse of Zambia. Includes a lengthy chapter by Johnston on the history of the territory, history, phonetics, etc. of the people & some detail on the wildlife. Quite a scarce book in the rare dust jacket. London, John Bale, Sons & Damielsson , Ltd, (c. 1920). First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Dust jacket. Pp. xii,135, photoplates, portraits, table, folding map. Dust jacket slightly frayed & browned, now protected by wraparound plastic, covers slightly mottled, some foxing. Good+ Reserve price: R950.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/9 Maps of Africa: proceedings of the Symposium on Maps held at the South African Library, Cape Town on 24=26 November 1988. Essays on maps by leading experts, not well illustrated. Includes early Chinese maps of Africa, official maps of Africa, storage & preservation of maps, etc.. “South African Library. General Series” #14. Cape Town, South African Library, 1989. First edition. 8vo. Card covers. Pp. 174, diagrams, tables, maps. Covers slightly rubbed & marked, some corners creased. Good+ Reserve price: R250.00 sold: R300.00
Lot #1/10 Map. Map of Northern Rhodesia compiled & drawn in the Survey Department, Livingstone, N. Rhodesia Cape Town, Cape Times, 1937. An attractive map showing the whole of Northern Rhodesia during the later colonial period. A large folding map, lithographed on a single sheet of white paper, with some colour features. size: 75 cm x 60 cm. Slightly creased at folds. VG. Reserve price: R180.00 sold: R330.00
Lot #1/11 How I crossed Africa: from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, through unknown countries; discovery of the Great Zambesi affluents, &c. by Major Serpa Pinto …. translated from the author’s manuscript by Alfred Elwes. A description of one of the great continental crossings. Pinto headed out across Angola, discovering the source of the Zambesi, travelled along the river past the Victoria Falls. The fine maps include coloured maps of the Victoria Falls & Cataracts of Ghona. Then there is a really fine, large folding map engraved by Edward Weller, showing detail of the route taken from Angola along the Zambesi, the southward across the “Baines Desert” to Pretoria & then on to Durban. There is an engraving showing the Magalies Berg. A classic of African travel & exploration, with much new material on geography, tribal people & wildlife dispersal. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881. First edition. Two volumes. Contemporary red half-leather, marbled sides. Pp. xxx,377,(1) + vii,388, full-page & smaller engravings, portraits, folding facsimiles, tables, many maps (some folding). Nicely bound set in old half=leather, some neat restoration, new end=papers, numerous library=stamps on pages throughout the books “Fort Beaufort Library,” some foxing, large map at end of volume one slightly damaged & repaired, slight insect damage to final two text pages. Good. Reserve price: R3250.00 sold: R6200.00
Lot #1/12 Through the Kalahari Desert: a narrative of a journey with gun, camera, and note=book to Lake ‘Ngami and back by G.A. Farini. Farini’s Southern African travels included the “discovery” of the fabled lost city of the Kalahari. Originally published in 1886. “Africana Collectanea Series” vol. 42. Copy #173 of a limited edition of 1000 copies. Cape Town, C. Struik, 1973. Facsimile reprint. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. (vi),xx,475, photos, portraits, illustrations, folding map. Dust jacket a bit rubbed & chipped, now protected by wrap=around plastic, rear inner-hinge splitting. Good. Reserve price: R390.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/13 Adventures in the far interior of South Africa [including a journey to Lake Ngami and rambles in the Honduras … to which is appended a short treatise on the best mode of skinning and preserving birds, animals, &c.; also receipts for making preservatives] by J. Leyland. Reprint of an account of exploration & hunting in Bechuanaland, originally published in 1866. “Africana Collectanea Series” volume 40. Copy no. 623 of an edition limited to 1000 copies. Cape Town, C. Struik, 1972. Facsimile reprint. 12mo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. xiii,(i),289, plates. Dust jacket rubbed & torn, tape=marks on end=paper, some foxing. Good. Reserve price: R320.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/14 The last ivory hunter: the saga of Wally Johnson by Peter Hathaway Capstick. A biography of a famous big game hunter who spent many years hunting in Mozambique & Botswana. New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1988. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. xix,220, photo=plates, portraits. Some faint foxing. VG. Reserve price: R290.00 sold: R290.00
Lot #1/15 The winds of havoc: a memoir of adventure and destruction in deepest Africa by Adelino Serras Pires as told to Fiona Claire Capstick. An exciting & informative memoir of years leading safaris in Portuguese & other territories in Africa. The author was caught up in the overthrow of colonial governments & experienced had a number of near escapes. New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2001. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. xv,(i),265, photo=plates, portraits, map. Small dent through front cover & into the text. Good+ Reserve price: R150.00 sold: R250.00
Lot #1/16 The lives of Beryl Markham; Out of Africa’s hidden seductress: Denys Finch Hatton’s last great love by Errol Trzebinski. A fascinating, well researched biography of one of the most unusual, high society women in East Africa, during the heyday of European society there. London, Heinemann, 1993. Reprint. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. xx,396, photo=plates, portraits, map. Dust jacket a bit rubbed, now protected by wraparound plastic, tape=marks on paste-down, signature on end=paper, light browning. Good. Reserve price: R130.00 sold: R350.00
Lot #1/17 The trouble with Africa: stories from a safari camp by Vic Guhrs. A well known wildlife artist describes the challenges of living in African wilderness. London, Penguin Books, 2010. Reprint. 8vo. Card covers. Pp. x,(ii(,221,(1), colour paintings & photos. Corners slightly bumped. Good+ Reserve price: R150.00 sold: R250.00
Lot #1/18 South West Africa in early times: being the story of South West Africa up to the date of Maharero’s death in 1890 by Heinrich Vedder …. translated & edited by Cyril G. Hall. An outstanding early study of the tribal & colonial history of Namibia. London, Oxford University Press, 1938. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Dust jacket. Pp. xv(i),525, photo=plates, portraits, folding maps. Dust jacket slightly soiled, torn & chipped, but still good, clean copy. Good+ Reserve price: R1250.00 sold: R1250.00
Lot #1/19 The Osteodontokeratic culture of Australopithecus Prometheus by Raymond Dart. Dart’s thesis on the development of predatory behaviour in the transition from ape to man. “Transvaal Museum, Memoir” no. 10. Pretoria, Transvaal Museum, 1957. First edition. 4to. Cloth. Pp. viii,105, photos, diagrams, folding table. Covers lightly mottled, name=stamp on paste=down, foxing. Good+ Reserve price: R580.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/20 Raymond Arthur Dart: a pictorial profile …. Professor Dart’s discovery of “The Missing Link” by Frances Wheelhouse. A life story of the great scientist, illustrated with contemporary photos. Sydney [Australia], Transpareon Press, 1983. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 113, black/white photos, portraits, facsimiles, end=aper map. Inscribed & signed by the author on front paste=down Dust jacket slightly rubbed. VG. Reserve price: R330.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/21 Shaka’s children; a history of the Zulu people by Stephen Taylor. An excellent modern history of the Zulu nation. London, Harper Collins, 1994. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. (xi),416, plates, portraits, maps. Dust jacket slightly rubbed & marked on the reverse. Good+ Reserve price: R230.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/22 With the Boers in the Transvaal and Orange Free State in 1880-1 by C.L. Norris=Newman. An excellent & accurate description of the first Anglo=Boer conflict, written by a former British officer. “Africana Reprint Library” volume 6. Johannesburg, Africana Book Society, 1976. Facsimile reprint, with new foreword, illustrations & index. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. xvii,xvi,387,viii, colour frontispiece, plates, portraits, folding maps. Some insect damage to a few page-edges. Good. Reserve price: R200.00 sold: R250.00
Lot #1/23 The war for South Africa [the Anglo-Boer War, 1899=1902] by Bill Nasson. A fresh account of this war for control of Southern Africa. Plenty of debunked myths and new interpretations. Cape Town, Tafelberg, 2010. First edition. 8vo. Card covers. Pp. 352, photo=plates, portraits, maps. Some light browning. Good+ Reserve price: R150.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/24 War in South Africa and the dark continent; from savagery to civilization: the strange story of a weird world from the earliest ages to the present, including the war with the Boers …. embracing the exploration and settlements, wars and conquests, people and governments, resources and produces, of this least known, yet by nature endowed as the richest and most wonderful of continents, and a detailed history of the causes and events of the British=Boer War by William Harding. This is what would today be called a “taster” for a rather large book available from the publishers on the whole of the Second Anglo-Boer War, as well as the details leading up to it. This product gives a page or so to most chapters found in the complete version, together with many of the superb illustrations, making it a sampler well worth keeping. Chicago [USA], The Dominion Company, (c. 1900 First edition thus. 8vo. Decorative cloth. Various pagination, adverts., full=page plates, portraits, illustrations, folding colour map. Back cover stained, hinges splitting internally, some foxing. Good. Reserve price: R350.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/25 The lion’s cage [Cecil Rhodes and the Siege of Kimberley] by Brian Gardner. Some may not know that Rhodes was besieged in Kimberley during the Anglo=Boer War & directly involved in political & military tactics there. This is the story of these dramatic events. London, Arthur Barker, 1969. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 200, photo=plates, portraits, maps. Dust jacket a bit torn at spine, some light foxing. Good. Reserve price: R280.00 sold: R300.00
Lot #1/26 Cecil Rhodes by Neil Bates. A brief account of the life of Cecil Rhodes. “Wayland History Makers” series. Hove [UK], Wayland Publishers, 1976. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Pp. 96, photos, portraits, illustrations, facsimiles, maps. Good+ Reserve price: R150.00 sold: R150.00
Lot #1/27 A Cape country chronicle by Gillian Rattray. A beautifully illustrated record of daily life over a couple of years on a southern Cape farm. Johannesburg, Jonathan Ball Publishers, 1992. First edition. 4to. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 165(1), colour illustrations, colour end=paper plan. Dust jacket & covers stained, internally good. Good. Reserve price: R170.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/28 The valley of the Tantalika [An African wild life story] by Richard Rayner …. illustrated by Eleonora Alexander. A story based on the creation of Kariba Dam. Johannesburg, Macdonald Purnell, 1984. New edition. 8vo. Thin card covers. Pp. (xiv),165, illustrations, table. Corners a bit creased. Good+ Reserve price: R120.00 sold: R150.00
Lot #1/29 The white lions of Timbavati by Chris McBride. An account of several years spent studying the lions (including the white lion phenomenon) in the Timbavati, alongside the Kruger National Park. New York & London, Paddington Press, 1977. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. 220, colour photo-plates, diagrams. Dust jacket rubbed protected by wraparound plastic, rear inner hinge splitting, tape=marks, on end=paper, previous owner’s name. Fair+ Reserve price: R120.00 sold: R150.00
Lot #1/30 Snakes and snake catching in Southern Africa by R.M. Isemonger. Cape Town, H.H. Timmins, (c. 195-?). First edition. 4to. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. xii,105, photo=plates, illustrations by C.T. Astley Maberly. Dust jacket & covers stained. Fair+ Reserve price: R120.00 bids welcome
Lot #1/31 Snakes of Africa: Southern, Central and East by R.M. Isemonger. A guide to snakes of the region, illustrated by some photo=plates & drawings by C.T. Astley Maberly. Johannesburg, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1962. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Pp. viii,236, photo=plates (some colour), illustrations. Dust jacket slightly rubbed & marked, previous owner’s details, some browning. Good. Reserve price: R130.00 sold: R130.00
Lot #1/32 Snakes of Nyasaland by R.C.H. Sweeney. Quite a scarce book on herpetology in the scarce dust jacket. Zomba [Malawi], Nyasaland Society, 1961. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Dust jacket. Pp. xi,200, 1 colour plate, black/white photo-plates, diagrams, tables, folding map. Dust jacket & text lightly browned, tapemarks, previous owner’s details, colour plate loosed & creased. Good+ Reserve price: R190.00 sold: R190.00
Lot #1/33 A guide to the snakes of Uganda by Captain Charles R.S. Pitman. A pioneering work on the snakes of an African district. This book was years ahead of its time, with brilliant colour plates & diagrams & text by one of the great East African naturalists. Only 500 copies were printed, making this one of the rarest cornerstones of African herpetology book collections. Copy no. 114 of 500 copies. Kampala [Uganda], The Uganda Society, 1938. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone cloth. Pp. xxi,362, 23 colour plates, 20 black/white plates of line-drawings, 2 folding maps. Covers a bit stained, with cloth a bit torn, foxing. Good+ Reserve price: R2200.00 sold: R2200.00