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A Handbook of the Zulu Language

By Ziervogel, D., with J. A. Louw and P. C. Taljaard

(Pretoria: J. L. van Schaik, 1976) 0627003915. Revised edition. 4to; original green boards; pp. (xx) + 251, incl. index. Backstrip a little tanned and boards very slightly rubbed; some browning and occasional fox spot. Good to very good condition. Essential text for correct isiZulu usage. 'We do hope that this edition will again receive the same support as the first one and that it may spread the knowledge of the Zulu language among foreign language speakers. Students must remember that the Zulu word ukukhuluma (to speak) was used for speaking at the court of the Zulu king, i.e. it meant to speak "high". I hope that they will use their knowledge of the Zulu language with the necessary care to merit the inordinate pride of the Zulus in their own speech and language usage.' .

$26.59

Zulu Vocabulary and Phrase Book for the use of Immigrants and Settlers in the Province of Natal and Zululand

By Anonymous

(Durban: T. L. Cullingworth, 1918). 185 x 123 mm; saddle-stitched printed linen-over-paper wrappers; pp. 66. Wrappers detached and foxed; internally foxed and soiled; some annotations; inexpertly guillotined at time of manufacture. Sold with all faults. (Strange Collection, 1151) "The present little work is chiefly designed to assist the numerous Immigrants who are constantly arriving in the Province of Natal and adjoining States, where large numbers of Zulus ... have gone in search of employment. Without having the labour of studying the language of the native grammatically, it will enable them to express their wishes and to understand the Zulus in all ordinary matters." .

$8.64

Words of Batswana. Letters to Mahoko a Becwana, 1883-1896

By Mgadla, Part T., and Stephen C. Volz (translators and editors)

(Cape Town: Van Riebeeck Society, 2006) 0958513414. Second Series No. 37. 8vo; original dark brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, with gilt publisher's monogram to upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xlv + (v) + 374, incl. index and publisher's catalogue; frontis.; maps; some illustrations. Near-fine condition. "Words of Batswana presents a selection of letters and articles that were written by Batswana for Mahoko a Becwana (News/Words of Batswana), a Setswana-language newspaper published by missionaries of the London Missionary Society at Kuruman between 1883 and 1896. ... These writings offer a rare and revealing glimpse of conversations that took place among literate Africans during a crucial period in the formation of modern South Africa and Botswana. They are reproduced here both in their original Setswana form and as translated into English." .

$13.30

Scholar's Zulu Dictionary. English-Zulu / Zulu-English

By Dent, G. R., and C. L. S. Nyembezi (compilers)

(Pietermaritzburg: Shuter & Shooter, 2006) 0796007187. 182 x 123 mm; wrappers; pp. ix + (iii) + 519. Wrappers curled and rubbed; earlier owner's name to half-title, inside of lower cover, and to fore-, top and bottom edges; crease to bottom fore-corner of upper cover and to some initial leaves. Fair to good condition. "This abridged dictionary is intended for those people who find the more comprehensive dictionaries too cumbersome and too detailed for their needs." .

$6.65

Xhosa Phrase Book

By Stewart, James

(Lovedale: The Lovedale Press, 1959). 184 x 124 mm; printed wrappers; pp. 64. Crease to upper cover; occasional fox spot. Good condition. (Murphy and Goff, A Bibliography of African Languages and Linguistics, 1109 [1961 revision]). .

$9.97

A Dictionary of English Usage in Southern Africa

By Beeton, D.R. and Helen Dorner

(Cape Town: Oxford University Press, 1975) 0195700694. 8vo; original blue and white cloth; dustwrapper; pp. xx + 196. Dustwrapper somewhat browned and very slightly edgeworn; a little foxing. Good to very good condition. "This most unusual and exciting dictionary lists vocabulary, idiom and pronunciation used by English speakers in South Africa; there are many words and phrases common in Southern Africa that are not known elsewhere and the way in which these words and phrases are used is sometimes unique to this area. But this dictionary does not stop at merely giving the derivation and definition of words - it offers guidance as to the acceptability or otherwise of the vocabulary and usage listed." .

$7.98

Everyday Sesotho Grammar

By Sharpe, M. R. L.

(Morija: Morija Sesuto Book Depot, 1952, 1st edition). 12mo; original turquoise cloth, lettered in black on spine and upper cover; pp. vi + 158, incl. index. Cloth a bit rubbed, and partially soiled; scribble to front endpaper and margin of p. 5; some foxing and fingering. Fair condition. (Murphy & Goff 1047) "This course in elementary Sesotho is intended for Europeans who wish to gain a working knowledge of the language in the shortest possible time. In the interests of simplicity, much that is essential to a thorough knowledge of the language has necessarily been omitted." .

$9.97

An Easy Zulu Vocabulary and Phrase Book, with Grammatical Notes

By Gibbs, Samuel, and R. C. O. Samuelson

(Pietermaritzburg & Durban: P. Davis and Sons, 1903). 183 x 125 mm; side-stitched wrappers; pp. 51. Cover a little soiled, and torn, with loss to upper cover; some foxing. Good condition. Oddly, the cover gives 1903 as the year of publication, whereas the title page has 1902. (Strange Collection, 1141 [1892 edition]; Doke, p. 96 [Later editions]; Mendelssohn I, p. 596) 'The object of the work "is to help newcomers in their common intercourse with the [Zulus]," and it is suggested that "it will be of service to those who wish to acquire a real knowledge of the language, and serve as an introduction to more complete works." - Mendelssohn .

$16.62

An Easy Zulu Vocabulary and Phrase Book, with Grammatical Notes

By Gibbs, Samuel, and R. C. O. Samuelson

(Pietermaritzburg & Durban: P. Davis and Sons, 1903). 183 x 125 mm; side-stitched wrappers; pp. 51. Archival tape reinforcing to spine; earlier owner's name signed on upper cover and Contents page; a little foxing and curling. Good condition. Oddly, the cover gives 1903 as the year of publication, whereas the title page has 1902. (Strange Collection, 1141 [1892 edition]; Doke, p. 96 [Later editions]; Mendelssohn I, p. 596) 'The object of the work "is to help newcomers in their common intercourse with the [Zulus]," and it is suggested that "it will be of service to those who wish to acquire a real knowledge of the language, and serve as an introduction to more complete works." - Mendelssohn .

$19.94

Malexena ma Nkana mu Ncemi

By Anonymous

(Bulape: A.P.C.M., 1922). 8vo; original burgundy cloth, lettered in gilt to upper cover; pp. 105. Cloth lightly rubbed. Very good condition. Highly uncommon mission imprint: a Tshiluba (or Luba-group) Book of Church Order, or Scripture primer, with excerpts from the Pentateuch, Joshua, and the gospels. OCLC and Copac find no repositories holding this title, nor is it in the Doke Collection, though it is listed by the University Library of Gent, Belgium. Bulape is a town north of Mweka, in the Kasai-Occidental province of Congo (Kinshasa), where Presbyterian missionaries have been active since early colonial times. In 1938, Virginia Garner wrote of the place: "Bulape is located in the forest country and is on a hill like all the other stations of this mission. There are people of three different tribes here, the Baketi, Baluba, and Bakuba. The Bakuba, to the north, control the whole section and makes slaves of the other people. The whole Baketi tribe are subject to Lukenga's [Lukengo's] rule, king of the Bakuba, and many smaller tribes as well. The missionaries here have to learn three languages. Our little Baluba is still good here thank goodness, as we know more of that than any other language in Africa." - Images Out of Africa: The Virginia Garner Diaries of the Africa Motion Picture Project, p. 96 .

$33.24

Elements of Shona (Zezuru Dialect)

By Fortune, G.

(Cape Town: Longmans Southern Africa, 1962). 8vo; original red boards, lettered in silver gilt on spine and upper cover; no dustwrapper; pp. xvii + (i) + 222. Boards partially sunned, and slightly soiled; endpapers and edges foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good. (Murphy & Goff, 1030 [1959 edition]) "This book is an attempt to provide people who know no Shona with a guide to a reasonable, if still elementary, grasp of this language. It consists of forty-two graded lessons. Each lesson consists of a grammatical section, a short vocabulary, a text and an exercise. The lessons have been planned to lead one to the other in a continuous movement, while each has been made as much of a unity as possible, the grammatical section being illustrated by sentences from the text and the exercise enabling the new material to be digested and used at once." .

$13.30

A Grammar of Swazi (siSwati)
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A Grammar of Swazi (siSwati)

By Ziervogel, D.

(Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 1952). 245 x 155 mm; card wrappers; pp. xxii + 224, incl. index; map. Cover rubbed and creased; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; some fox spots; occasional pencilled annotations. (Murphy & Goff 109; Doke, p. 264) "I have not attempted any standardizing of the language, nor was unification of the different speech variants attempted. The speech of the west central portion of the Swazi area was taken as norm, for no other reason than that I regarded it as the dominant form of Swazi." .

$26.59

Thulaganyô le Agêndê ya Baevangele ba Kêrêkê ya Baluther
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Thulaganyô le Agêndê ya Baevangele ba Kêrêkê ya Baluther

By Hermannsburg Mission

(no place: Hermannsburg Mission, 1939). 164 x 108 mm; saddle-stitched wrappers; pp. 22. Wrappers a little rubbed; margins cropped. Good. Uncommon Lutheran catechism in Sesotho, not found by OCLC. .

$13.30

From Adjoa to Zahara. More than 1,000 African Names to Affirm Your Cultural Pride
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From Adjoa to Zahara. More than 1,000 African Names to Affirm Your Cultural Pride

By Stewart, Julia

(New York: Gramercy Books, 2007) 9780517229217. 8vo; original yellow boards; laminated dustwrapper; pp. xxvii + (v) + 171. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed; tiny bump to bottom edge of lower board. Very good condition. "From Adoa to Zahara offers more than a thousand names from African life, lakes and rivers, towns and cities, and words in many different dialects and languages from all corners of the African continent. For new parents who want to give their child a name redolent of a rich heritage, or for adults looking to change or enhance their own Westernized names, this informative book is an essential and enlightening resource that will help to make the process of choosing a name a truly unique and meaningful experience." .

$6.65

IKonfessione LaseAugsburg (IAugustana), langoJune 25., 1530

By Harms, L., and J. Reibeling

(Empangweni: Hermannsburg Mission, 1930). 12mo; original black cloth; pp. 72. Cover very slightly rubbed; some spotting. Very good condition. (Strange Collection 1404) Augsburg confession in isiZulu. Uncommon. .

$16.62

Elementary Zulu. A Course of Easy Elementary Lessons in the Zulu Language. Intended Chiefly for Beginners and Junior Pupils
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Elementary Zulu. A Course of Easy Elementary Lessons in the Zulu Language. Intended Chiefly for Beginners and Junior Pupils

By W., M. F. (compiler)

(Cape Town: Juta & Co., 1921). 185 x 123 mm; printed wrappers; pp. 106. Some rust marks to upper cover; chip to fore-edge of upper wrapper, with archival tape repair to reverse side; slightly frayed at head of spine; some foxing and regular, light browning. Good. (Strange Collection, 1168; Doke, p. 252; SABIB 4, p. 703) Uncommon title: OCLC finds just the North-West University Library copy. "As regards books in Zulu, there are many to be had, and some of them are excellent. The knowledge they impart is without doubt of great service in many cases. But I think they will of only limited service to beginners and to junior pupils. One fault is that they presume some previous knowledge or insight on the part of their readers, such as very often does not exist. Again, they have always seemed to me to fail in not being sufficiently full in the explanation of difficult points, and also to fail in not being graduated carefully and easily, so as to render it possible that progress may be at once easy and sure." .

$19.94

Petit Dictionnaire Français-Bambara et Bambara-Français
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Petit Dictionnaire Français-Bambara et Bambara-Français

By Travéle, Moussa

(Paris: Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1954). 190 x 140 mm; printed card wrappers; pp. 281. Pages unopened and wrappers a little sunned. Good condition. (Murphy & Goff, 436 [1st edition]) Title page gives 1913 as the date of publication, but the upper wrapper has 1954. Bambara is a language spoken by around 3 million inhabitants of Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire. .

$19.94

An Abridged English-Zulu Word-book / Incwadi Yabantu Yamazwi Esingisi Echasiselwe Ngesizulu
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An Abridged English-Zulu Word-book / Incwadi Yabantu Yamazwi Esingisi Echasiselwe Ngesizulu

By Bryant, A. T.

(Mariannhill Mission Press, 1945). 16mo; original reddish cloth, lettered in black to spine and upper cover; pp. 475. Cloth rather mottled and a little rubbed; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; regular browning; occasional spotting and faint soiling. Good. (Doke, p. 51 [1st edition]; Strange Collection 1132 [Earlier edition]; Murphy & Goff 1099 [Later edition]) "The Roman Catholic Church ... has a different approach to mission work from that of the Protestant churches, but nevertheless it is possible to include the work done at the Trappist monastery of Mariannhill, near Pinetown, Natal, since 1883, under mission presses. Publications in languages as diverse as Polish and Zulu have emanated from this press, and during the first year of the monastery, a vernacular catechism, some broadsides in English and German among which were some hymns." - Anna H. Smith: The Spread of Printing: Eastern Hemisphere, South Africa, p. 78. .

$9.97

The Zulu-Kafir Language Simplified for Beginners

By Roberts, Charles

(London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1904). Demy 8vo; original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, and in blind to upper cover; pp. viii + (ii) + 177, incl. index. Cloth mottled and stippled, and worn at extremities; edges and outer leaves foxed, some spotting elsewhere; some annotations. Fair to good. (Strange Collection 1164 [Earlier edition]; Murphy & Goff 1084; Doke, p. 206 [Earlier edition]) .

$23.27

IKatekismus elincane lika Dr. Martin Luther. Nezenezelelo Ezitile

By Lutheran Church

(Empangweni: Hermannsburg Mission, 1949). 12mo; original black cloth; pp. 96. Cloth slightly rubbed; ink stamp and penned notation to front free endpaper; a little foxing to endpapers. Good condition. (Strange Collection, 1365 [Earlier edition]) Lutheran catechism in isiZulu. .

$8.64

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