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Aspects of the History of Copper mining in Namaqualand 1846-1931
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Aspects of the History of Copper mining in Namaqualand 1846-1931

by Smalberger, John M.

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(Cape Town: Struik, 1975) 0869770438. 8vo; original rust-coloured boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 152, incl. index; plates; tables, incl. folding. Dustwrapper slightly edgeworn and creased, with sunned spine panel; some foxing to edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. "Brought alive in the many fascinating and delightful contemporary comments by people whose lives and fortunes were closely interwoven with the saga of copper mining in Namaqualand, this colourful history of Namaqualand and its mines encompasses the entire period from the early 1600s to today. Here are recounted the initial prospecting expeditions from the Cape, the first purely speculative boom of any extent in South Africa - the copper mining mania of the 1850s, the troubled question of leases and the effect of the final settlement on the Black peoples who were the original inhabitants of the area, and the rise and development of most important mining centres in Namaqualand. All these aspects and more… Read More
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Die Unie se Goudreserwe. The Union's Gold Reserve

by Arndt, E.H.D.

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(Pretoria: South African Reserve Bank, 1956). Originally published in the South African Bankers' Journal February and March 1956. 213 x 135mm; original card wraps; pp. (vi) + 63. Uniform light browning throughout; tiny crease to edge of upper wrap and first few pages. Very good condition. Text in English and Afrikaans; English summary of Afrikaans text. Address by the Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank. .
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A Discovery of Subterraneall Treasure, viz. Of all manner of Mines and Mineralls, from the Gold to the Coale; with plaine Directions and Rules for the finding of them in all Kingdomes and Countries

by Plattes, Gabriel

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(Ilkley: The Scolar Press, for the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 1980). Limited edition facsimile from the first edition of 1639, prepared directly from the copy that forms part of the Annan Collection. Crown 8vo; original cloth-backed papered boards, lettered in silver gilt on spine; top edge gilt; pp. (x) + 60. Trace of fishmothing to spine. Very good condition. Facsimle reprint of this pioneering work on mining and metallurgy. .
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Elementary Practical First Aid for Miners (Illustrated)

by Irvine, L. G., with P. A. Peall and W. G. Goudie

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(Johannesburg: The Prevention of Accidents Committee of the Rand Mutual Assurance Co., 1936). 212 x 135 mm; side-stitched pictorial wrappers; pp. 92; photographs. A trace of wear to tail of spine; light browning; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "Impressed by the usefulness and success of the late Dr. H. T. H. Butt's First Aid Illustrated, intended to assist in teaching First Aid to mine natives, The Prevention of Accidents Committee decided upon the preparation of a similar publication for those European mine workers, other than officials, who desire to acquire an elementary working knowledge of First Aid." .
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The Glamour of Prospecting. Wanderings of a South African Prospector in Search of Copper, Gold,...

The Glamour of Prospecting. Wanderings of a South African Prospector in Search of Copper, Gold, Emeralds, and Diamonds

by Cornell, Fred C.

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(New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1920) 0864860544. 8vo; maroon cloth, re-backed, with original backstrip laid down; new endpapers; pp. xiv + 334, incl. index; plates; folding map. Extremities a trifle rubbed; earlier owner's bookplate pasted largely over earlier stamp and codes; discreet repairs to bottom fore-corner of some initial leaves, and junction of folds in map; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. (Hosken, p. 50, SABIB 1, p. 629 [both 1st UK edition, also 1920]) The later David Philip reprint carries this summary of the book's appeal: "Cornell's autobiography will carry readers into remote areas of the north-western Cape, the Kalahari and South-West Africa as Cornell knew them in his twenty years of wandering at the beginning of the century. Today Cornellsberg and Cornellskop bear his name as permanent memorials on the map of the Richtersveld." .
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The Glamour of Gold. The Van Riebeeck Lectures 1963

by Busschau, Dr. W.J.

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(S.A.B.C. Publication, c. 1963). 210 x 135 mm; saddle-stitched wraps; pp. 48. Wraps a little rubbed; staples rusted slightly; handstamp of previous owner on title page. Very good condition. History of gold from ancient times to 1963. .
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Golden Age. The story of the industrialization of South Africa and the part played in it by the Corner House group of companies 1910-1967

by Cartwright, A.P.

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(Cape Town: Purnell, 1968). 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, and with gilt monogram to upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. xviii + (ii) + 363, incl. index; numerous colour and black-and-white photographs. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed. Near fine condition. "'Golden Age' is the sequel to 'The Corner House', first published in 1965. It continues the story of two world-renowned companies, Rand Mines and The Central Mining & Investment Corporation, the first of which has been associated with the gold mines of South Africa for seventy-five years." .
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Maize Turns to Gold

by Jacobsson, D.

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(Cape Town: Howard B. Timmins, [1948]). 8vo; original pale grey cloth, lettered in black on spine and upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; endpaper map; pp. 187; plates. Dustwrapper a little spotted, and edgeworn, with slight loss to lower panel; some foxing to endpapers and edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. 'The author was for many years the Mining Editor of the Johannesburg Star, and in this book he tells the story of Odendaalsrust and the Free State gold mines. The book should prove of more than ordinary interest to those interested not only in shares but in the future of South Africa, because, as Mr. Carleton Jones states in his preface: "The book presents a chronicle of one of the most astonishing episodes in South Africa's rich story of gold-mining enterprises, and in addition an effort has been made to set Free State developments in what is perhaps their true perspective." ' .
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The Mineral potential and Mining development in the Black Homelands of South Africa
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The Mineral potential and Mining development in the Black Homelands of South Africa

by [Chris van Rensburg Publications]

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(Johannesburg: Chris van Rensburg Publications, 1977) 0908393040. Folio; original white papered boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 127; colour maps; colour photographs; advertisements. Dustwrapper sunned, rubbed, and somewhat edgeworn; some foxing to boards and prelims. Good. "The South African government is committed to a policy of sovereign independence for the Black homelands within the borders of South Africa. … To provide the best possible economic base for the rapid political development of the Black homelands, the government some years ago initiated a programme of physical development in the homelands in partnership with their inhabitants. … This book tells the story of these mineral resources and the development progress achieved so far. Factual and unembellished by rhetoric, the text tells a story of quiet perseverance and some remarkable achievements. The value of the book is enhanced by the inclusion of 10 full-colour maps, 27 full-colour photographs and several tables… Read More
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Official Opening of Norah and Silverside Mines. 8th December, 1972. Commemorative Dinner Menu

by Mangula Mine

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(no place: Mangula Mine, 1972). 210 x 140 mm; card, folded once, printed in black and gilt. Some foxing. Good. .
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Report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Tiger's-Eye and Related Varieties

Report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Tiger's-Eye and Related Varieties

by De Kock, W. P. (chairman), and others

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(Cape Town: Department of Mines, Republic of South Africa, 1968). 242 x 153 mm; side-stitched green card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 38; colour plate; table and graphs; large, folding map. Wrappers very slightly creased, with trace of soiling; earlier owner's name signed on upper cover; some pencilled annotations; a little foxing. Good condition. An important publication, exploring the economic potential of the semi-precious tiger's-eye gemstones, with which South Africa is well endowed. .
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Safety Practice. No. 6 Mining and Quarrying

by The Director of Occupational Safety & Compensation (issued by)

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(Salisbury: Rhodesia Occupational Safety Council, no date). Title taken from cover. 205 x 170 mm; saddle-stitched printed wrappers; pp. 24; photographs and line drawings. A little foxing. Good to very good condition. "Improved safety in Rhodesia's mining industry is the purpose for the publication of this book. The health and safety of mining employees is of national importance. During recent years, mining and quarrying have been responsible for approximately 45 deaths a year ... In the following pages, safety principles are outlined. Attempts have been made to cover most mining procedures and it is intended that this manual of instructions should serve as a basic safety code, with individual mine managements adding their own specific instructions where certain requirements may not have been fully covered." .
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Some Dreams Come True

by Williams, Alpheus F.

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(Cape Town: Howard B. Timmins, preface dated 1948). Title continues: Being a sheaf of stories leading up to the discovery of copper, diamonds and gold in southern Africa, and of the pioneers who took part in the excitement of those early days. Large 8vo; original blue cloth; spine titled in gilt; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (xiv) + 590, incl. index; plates; illustrations in text. Dustwrapper very slightly edgeworn, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to extremities; gift inscription to front free endpaper; a little light foxing to edges and endpapers. Very good condition. 'In "Some Dreams Come True" Alpheus Williams, one of South Africa's leading mining engineers, tells many interesting stories of the early days of copper, diamond and gold mining. Here are vivid pictures of a day that has gone. Many world-famous people figure in the book, but perhaps of greater interest are the stories of men who never made the headlines.' .
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The Strubens and Gold

by Cunningham, Anna (editor)

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(Craighall: Ad Donker, 1987) 0868521159. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Friends of the Library, Publication series No. 3. 8vo; original purple cloth; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 143 (including index); black-and-white illustrations. Dustwrapper sunned on spine panel, slightly rubbed and edgeworn; some spotting to edges. Very good condition. Excerpts from the papers of the Struben family, intimately associated with the formative years of gold-mining in South Africa. .
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"The Gold Fields" 1887 - 1937

by The Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa, Limited

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(London, The Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa Ltd, 1937). 8vo; cloth-backed papered boards; pp. viii + 185; frontispiece portrait and black-and-white plates. Very good condition. History of the growth of the company, The Gold Fields of South Africa Limited, which was started by Cecil John Rhodes and Charles Rudd in 1887. .
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Voluntate Servio. A History of the Mines Rescue Service in Northern KwaZulu-Natal 1925-2000

by Eave, Geoff

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(Dundee: R. A. Burns & Co., 2000). Author's presentation inscription on copyright page. 240 x 170 mm; laminated pictorial wraps; pp. xii + 104; map; monochrome photographs and diagrams in text. Near fine condition; slightest crease to corner of lower cover. "The discovery of coal in Northern KwaZulu Natal nearly one hundred and forty years ago set the stage for the development of the coal mining industry in the region. Mother Nature created an extremely challenging mining environment that at times has imposed a heavy toll on human life. The need arose for the formation of a mines rescue service. A corps of trained men, with courage, skill and efficiency, combined with the use of modern breathing apparatus and ancillary equipment, who could be called upon in emergencies. Their focus was in saving lives and limiting further loss. The Central Mine Rescue Station in Dundee is one of four Rescue Stations in South Africa that provide mine emergency response and consultancy services to… Read More
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Wire Ropes in Mines. Proceedings of a Conference held at Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa,...

Wire Ropes in Mines. Proceedings of a Conference held at Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, in September, 1950

by The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy

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(London, The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 1951). 8vo; original green cloth with gilt titles; pp. xiv + 828 (including index); black-and-white photographs; folding charts. Boards a little soiled and worn at head and tail of spine; tiny ink mark on front free endpaper; small damp stain on lower edge of text block. Very good condition. 'The Conference on Wire Ropes in Mines was held, by kind permission, at the British Iron and Steel Federation's conference centre, Ashorne Hill, near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, from 19th to 23rd September, 1950. … This volume of the Proceedings of the Conference contains the eighteen papers, a report of the discussion and subsequent contributions.' .
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by Schenck, Henry

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--. 'Hydraulic Work; worked by H. Schenck & C. Brown. To Miss I. Willis. With love and best wishes from Henry Schenck.' The photograph shows two men working a water-hose against a rock-face. Possibly Witwatersrand. Circa 1900. Poor condition, faded and foxed. .
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