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A Wanderer's Rhymes

By Brodrick, A

Record Press, Limited, Strand, London, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 128 pages (complete). A comfortable copy. Recased. Newer end papers. Original covers retained within. The boards are smart, healthy with some light shelving wear. They are sound and sure. The original covers are tanned, marked. They are tight and assured. The pages are rough cut. The contents are clean, clear, fresh-faced, hale, most pleasing, as if hardly handled! fk

$90.00

A Wanderer's Rhymes

By Brodrick, A

Record Press, Limited, Strand, London, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 128 pages plus advertising (complete). A resolute copy of this book of energetic, hearty Victorian verse set in South Africa. Recased retaining original boards. New spine and end papers. The boards are tanned, worn, stained all about. They are hale and sturdy. The pages are amiably vintage. The pages are rough trimmed, they are also a little tanned, worn from handling and storage. The pages are amenable, convivial, certain, very occasionally annotated in pencil, clean, clear, healthy, accepting of their age. fk

$100.00

The Poetical Works of Thomas Pringle with a sketch of his life
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The Poetical Works of Thomas Pringle with a sketch of his life

By Pringle, Thomas; Ritchie, Leitch

Edward Moxon, London, 1838. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 219 pages (complete). Original pressed boards. Newer end-papers(?). Frontispiece, vignette, plus illustration of 'Bechuana Boy'. A placid copy. The boards have wear from age, storage all about. The edges and corners have wear, sunning. The spine is sunned; there is wear to head (a short closed rip) and foot. The gilt titling is genial. Blind-stamped decoration. The boards are steady and sure. The papertrims are lightly tanned. The contents are agreeably affable. The early and later pages are much marked with foxing and age-related marks; there are blotches, spots, smudges of foxing here and there throughout. Nonetheless, the contents are tight, healthy, tidy, clean and clear, convivial, confident, very certain, companionable, generous. fk

$200.00

Zulu Horizons
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Zulu Horizons

By Vilakazi, Benedict Wallet; Friedman, Florence Louie (trans into verse); Malcolm, D McK; Sikanana, J Mandlenkosi (original transls)

Wits University Press, Johannesburg, 1973. Limited. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. Signed. 144 pages (complete). Hand-numbered 17 of a limited edition of 100 copies. Signed by both Florence Louie Friedman and J M Sikakana on the certification page. A wonderful collection of the verse of the great Benedict Vilakazi (after whom the famous Soweto street is named). The boards are a little bent by storage. The back board has a consequent length-long crease. The front board has storage marks and scoring. Despite these distractions the boards and spine are steady, sure, efficient. Within, the contents are placid. There are shallow pools, smears, smudges of foxing throughout. Nonetheless, the pages are clean, clear, energetic, vivant, certain, bold, convivial, companionable, generous of spirit and verite. fk

$100.00

From the Years that the Locusts Have Eaten
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From the Years that the Locusts Have Eaten

By Stokes, C S

New Books, Cape Town, 1950. First Edition. Softcover. Good/No Jacket. Signed. 18 pages (complete). Inscribed and signed by Stokes on the frontispage: "That through a long trek of years / the highways and byways spoored by Mr F R Bradlow/ will be fraught with the choicest gifts of life/ is the only sincere hope of/ C S Stokes/ Cape Town November 1961". Stokes also signed by the title page (dated: Cape Town, January 1957). A placid copy. The card covers have tanning, wear, scuffing and marks from storage and handling. They are sturdy and sure. Within, the guttering along the frontispage is ajar, but the security of the book is unaffected. The card pages are narrowly tanned about the edges. There are flecks of age-related marks. The pages are clean, clear, benign, amiable, tidy. fk

$80.00

In a Borrowed Tent: ninety nine haiku

By Shapiro, Steve

Firfield Pamphlet Press, Plumstead, 1994. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 40 pages (complete). A smart copy of this collection of haiku, that won the 1996 Ingrid Jonker Prize for English language poetry. The covers have very shallow storage marks along the spine. The back cover has pink spots of very shallow foxing. Otherwise, the covers are neat, healthy. The contents are most pleasing. They are fresh-faced, bright, very clean and clear, welcoming. fk

$14.00

Poems of a South African : Collected Verse

By Hall, Arthur Vine

Juta & Co., Ltd., Cape Town and Johannesburg, 1946. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Signed. 234 pages (complete). A MOST UNIQUE copy. This copy was Vine's own pre-proof editing copy. Considerable amount of editing notes, comments, updates, inserts throughout. A note pasted on the front board, in Vine's own handwriting: "Final corrected copy... Only proof to see now,- which I shall return the day I receive it, and almost without an alteration so carefully done is this. A Vine Hall". All editing etc in Vine's own handwriting. The notes are exceptionally detailed and precise. Despite the wear and use, the book thrills with the intimacy it brings with it, the originality of its presence. It is seems trivial to quibble too much about wear, scuffing, marking as much of it was due to handling by Vine during the process. Nonetheless, the boards do have some areas of sunning, scuffing, wear. They are comfortable, sure. The pages are certain, neat, most agreeable. A wonderfully characterful copy. fk

$120.00

Bundu: A Book of Verse from Rhodesia
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Bundu: A Book of Verse from Rhodesia

By Barry, Noeline

The Author ; The Ditchling Press, Ditchling (printer), 1957. First Edition. Softcover. Good/No Jacket. Meikle, Jill. Signed. 45 pages (complete). A much owned copy. Noeline Barry inscribed and signed the frontispage (dated: Salisbury, August- 1971). She also signed the title page (noting too that the book was considered the London Poetry Society's 'Book of the Year' 1957). The paper covers are much worn about the edges and spine. They are scuffed and marked by handling and shelving. Nonetheless, the covers are comfortable and secure. The contents have evidence of avid use throughout. The pages have handling marks and wear and creasing. However, the pages are mild-mannered, clean, clear, contented, affable. fk

$80.00

Tones and Textures: Photopoetry from Namibia
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Tones and Textures: Photopoetry from Namibia

By Haarhof, Dorian

Clifton Publications, Cape Town, 1987. Limited. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket. Schoeman, Amy. Signed. Complete. Hand-numbered 924 of a subscriber's limited edition of 1100 copies. Signed by Amy Schoeman (dated: 11 Feb, '88) on the title page. The book is housed in a thin card slipcase (tidy and competent). A most agreeable copy of this artistically inclined, rather beautiful book. The cloth covered boards are neat, healthy, smart. The contents are most pleasing. They are fresh, bright, utterly engaged. Clean, clear, fresh, bright, creative. fk

$38.00

Tones and Textures: Photopoetry from Namibia
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Tones and Textures: Photopoetry from Namibia

By Haarhof, Dorian

Clifton Publications, Cape Town, 1987. Limited. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Schoeman, Amy. Complete. Hand-numbered 913 of a subscriber's limited edition of 1000 copies. A most agreeable copy of this artistically inclined, rather beautiful book. The cloth covered boards are neat, healthy, smart. The contents are most pleasing. They are fresh, bright, utterly engaged. Clean, clear, fresh, bright, creative. fk

$22.00

For Rhino in a Shrinking World - An international anthology
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For Rhino in a Shrinking World - An international anthology

By Owen, Harry (Ed)

The Poets Printery, East London, 2013. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Scott, Sally. Signed. 202 pages (complete). Signed by Harry Owen on the title page. A comfortable copy of this anthology of poems to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino. The covers have wear about the edges and seams. They are sure, placid, healthy. The contents have some mild evidence of happy use. The page corners have very mild wear. Otherwise, the contents are bright, eager, tidy, clean and clear, pleasing. fk

$65.00

Ukuhluma : Seedlings of a Poetic Voice
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Ukuhluma : Seedlings of a Poetic Voice

By Zulu, Themba

Ge'ko Publishing, Johannesburg, 2007. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 70 pages (complete). A contentedly owned copy. The covered are mild-mannered. They have some wear about the edges and seams from usage. They are tight, healthy. The contents are fresh, bright, agreeable. They are clean, clear, congenial, certain. fk

$20.00

Lush : poems for four voices
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Lush : poems for four voices

By Kruger, Haidee

Protea Book House, Pretoria, 2007. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 64 pages (complete). A neat, alert copy. The covers are bright, mildly worn about the edges. The contents are healthy. The final pages have shallow creases to the bottom corners. The contents are fresh, clean, clear, energetic, serene. fk

$13.00

Six South African Flowers and Verse
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Six South African Flowers and Verse

By Kolbe, F C ; Tucker, Herbert, "Gordonia", Cole, Maud Wynne ; Bromley, Beatrice M

Juta and Co., Ltd., Cape Town, Johannesburg, 1925. First Edition. Softcover. Good/No Jacket. Barclay, D. Complete. Six coloured tipped-in plates. These are genteel and bourgeois. String binding. The covers are neat, gratifying. Pressed text. The contents have some light storage foxing here and there. The contents are mild-mannered, contented, healthy, clean, clear, generous. fk

$15.00

Six South African Scenes and Verse
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Six South African Scenes and Verse

By Kolbe, F C ; Tucker, Herbert, "Gordonia", Cole, Maud Wynne

Juta and Co., Ltd., Cape Town, Johannesburg, 1925. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Westhofen, W. Complete. Six coloured tipped-in plates (complete). A tidy, neat copy. String binding. The covers are genial, contented, sure. They have mild storage tanning about the edges. Pressed text. The contents are genteel, homely, clean, clear, genial, companionable. fk

$19.00

Die Bruin Kokon
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Die Bruin Kokon

By Philander, P J

Kosmo-Uitgewery Edms Bpk., Stellenbosch, 1965. Limited. Hardcover. Near Fine/Poor. Langdown, A A. Complete. Numbered 722 of a limited edition of 1000 copies. A most satisfying copy of this wrenchingly beautiful book. The dustjacket - that is stuck to the boards - is worn, scuffed, creased. It is still dramatic, secure and sure. The contents are in excellent condition. The illustrations by Langdown are vivid, vibrant, visceral. The pages are clean, clear, embracing. fk

$70.00

Pen-sketse / Pen-sketches
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Pen-sketse / Pen-sketches

By Coetzer, W. H

Cum-Boeke, Roodepoort, 1981. Limited. Hardcover. Very Good/Fair. 67 pages (complete). Numbered 166 of a limited edition of 500 copies. In Afrikaans and English. A tidy copy. The dustjacket has storage / shelving wear to the top edges in particular. The dj is otherwise smart and secure. The boards are healthy. Within, the contents are most agreeable. The pages are very clean and clear, amiable and amenable, generous and contented. fk

$180.00

Toor Woorde Roep My
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Toor Woorde Roep My

By Swart, Valiant

Lapa Uitgewers, 2011. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 192 pages (complete). In Afrikaans throughout. A decent copy. Softcover with flaps. The matte covers are rubbed and scuffed. They are otherwise placid and sure. The pagetrims have handling marks. The contents, however, are very clean, clear, bright, fresh - as if barely used throughout. fk

$38.00

Heuning in die Mond
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Heuning in die Mond

By Priester, Jak de

The Author, 2005. First Edition. Softcover. Good/No Jacket. Signed. 79 pages (complete). Signed by de Priester on the title page (a dedicatee's name has been vigorous scribbled over). In Afrikaans throughout. A placid copy. The covers have wear and scuffing. They are contented and secure. The contents are bright, clean, clear, energetic and engaging. fk

$38.00

The Passing Show
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The Passing Show

By Du Plessis, I D

Buren Publishers, Cape Town, 1973. Limited. Hardcover. Very Good/Fair. Signed. 60 pages (complete). Signed by Izak du Plessis on the frontispage (dated: 8/5/74). Unnumbered copy of a limited edition of 500 copies. Included is a press obituary for du Plessis. A benign copy. The dustjacket has wear, scuffing and marks all about. It is placid. The boards are mild and hale. Within, the contents have some areas of tanning to the frontis and end papers. The pages are clean, clear, comfortable, affable, redolent of their time, certain. fk

$60.00

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