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Scotty Smith

By Metrowich, F.C.

(Cape Town: Books of Africa, 1983) 0949956201. 8vo; original pictorial boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. xiii + (i) + 229, incl. index; plates. Dustwrapper sunned on spine panel; earlier owner's name signed on title page; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "Scotty Smith, bandit, highwayman, cattle thief, I.D.B., and certainly one of the most enigmatic characters ever known in Southern Africa. Part rogue, part hero; half a villain, the other half all Good Samaritan; nobody could ever quite make up their minds whether to love or hate him. Innumerable tales have been spun around this curious man. Now F. C. Metrowich has produced the first definitive biography of Scotty Smith, and the details of the bandit's life provide reading at once astonishing and entertaining. Along with Dick Turpin, Robin Hood and Rob Roy of Britain, Ned Kelly of Autralia, Billy the Kid of American and the celebrated Till Eulenspiegel of Germany, Scotty Smith of South Africa joins the select ranks of the world's most picturesque bad men." .

$13.21

Hero to an Age. A short biography of Sir George Grey 1812 - 1897

By Bohan, Edmund

(Port Elizabeth: André Jensen, 2009) 9780620423700. 204 x 145 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. (iv) + 151; plates. Near-fine condition. "He accorded the indigenous populations and their customs a respect they had not enjoyed before in the colonies, and he was the first to record the Maori folklore, anthropology and language. He founded hospitals and schools for all races in New Zealand and South Africa. Often against popular opinion and sometimes at his own expense, he paved the way for the education of all. Abhorrent as he found so much African superstition, the Cattle-Killing delusion especially, he equally loathed the racial attitudes of so many of his fellow British. When he died he was given a state funeral attended by royalty and the elite of the day, and he was buried in St Paul's Cathedral in a place of honour amongst his country's greatest men. Truly a hero to an age." .

$26.41

My Lewe en Strewe

By Maritz, [Salomon Gerhardus] 'Manie'

([Pretoria]: the author, [1939]). 8vo; original orange cloth, lettered in black on spine, and with black lettering and Transvaal coat-of-arms to upper cover; dustwrapper; pp. (iv) + 263; title page portrait. Dustwrapper partially tanned and slightly edgeworn; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; scattered foxing. Good to very good condition. (Nienaber I, p. 238) Salomon Gerhardus (Manie) Maritz (1876 - 1940), "Boer general and rebel leader of 1914, was a descendant of the Voortrekker leader Gerrit Maritz … Maritz became an admirer of Nazism. He joined the Greyshirt movement in the Union, but resigned in 1934 to form the South African National Democratic movement. He was farming in South-West Africa at the time, but paid frequent visits to the Union to make speeches attacking the Jews and Freemasonry. In August 1939 he was charged in the high court, Windhoek, with engendering racial hostility in South-West Africa by the distribution of his book, My lewe en strewe (Pretoria, 1939). On 34 August he was found guilty, the presiding judge stating that the book had been '… written with the deliberate object of encouraging bad feelings towards the Jewish race'. … Maritz was short, stocky, broad-shouldered and dark-complexioned. In his prime he was endowed with exceptional physical strength about which many striking anecdotes were recorded by his contemporaries. His courage, energy and ruthlessness made him a formidable opponent in the field. In civilian life his impetuosity, restlessness and lack of business acumen precipitated a series of financial setbacks. He undoubtedly had a personal magnetism, but his arrogance, violent temper and pathological racial prejudices made him many enemies and often alienated his friends." (Dictionary of South African Biography, Vol. I., pp. 513-515) .

$33.02

Maar één soos hy. Die lewe van Kommandant C. A. van Niekerk

By Hopkins, H. C.

(Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1963). 8vo; original white boards; price-clipped dustwrapper; pp. 303; frontis. portrait tipped in; plates. Dustwrapper very slightly edgeworn; small tape marks to pastedowns and dustwrapper flaps; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; top edge and endpapers a little foxed. Very good condition. Afrikaans text. " … he was appointed acting commandant [of the Kroonstad commando] in April 1900, and took part in the battles of Sannaspos (31.3.1900), Mostertshoek (3.4.1900), Rooiwal (7.6.1900) and Bethlehem (6-7.7.1900). In January 1901 he became commandant of the Vredefort commando, fighting in this capacity until the end of the war, in the last months of which he and his men were active in the Vredefort area. During the negotiations at Vereeniging which led to the declaration of peace on 31.5.1902, he represented the Lower Renoster River (Vredefort) section of the Kroonstad commando and was one of six delegates who voted against accepting the British conditions for peace. He was later awarded the Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst (D.T.D.) for his services in the struggle for independence. … Van N. was a man of powerful stature and proud bearing. To his ardent patriotism and love of his heritage he added a simple dignity and humble piety. He was in fact an aristocrat of Afrikaners and at the end of a long life he had a unique place in the hearts of his people as 'Oom Chris'. Three days after his death he was buried with full military honours in the 'Heldeakker' in Oudtshoorn near his friend of long standing, C. J. Langenhoven." - H. C. Hopkins, DSAB IV, p. 703. .

$26.41

Nine Great Africans

By Niven, Rex

(London: G. Bell, 1964). 8vo; original olive-green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. xiv + 174, incl. index; plates; maps. Dustwrapper a little tanned; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. Chapters: Arabi the Egyptian; Mutesa the Chief; Menelik the Emperor; Seyyid Saïd the Sultan; Chaka the Soldier; Muhummed the Askia; Usuman the Preacher; Crowther the Bishop; Aggrey the Teacher. .

$8.58

Are Judges Human?

By Blackwell, Leslie

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1962). 8vo; original red boards, lettered in black on spine; no dustwrapper; tinted top edge; pp. xii + 196, incl. index; plates. Backstrip sunned with light wear to extremities; endpapers and edges foxed; leaves somewhat browned. Good. This book follows on from Leslie Blackwell's earlier publications "African Occasions" and "Farewell to Parliament", and is his legal autobiography. .

$6.60

Background in Sunshine. Memories of South Africa

By Juta, Jan

(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972) 684127547. 8vo; original green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, with gilt crowned cranes device to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xiii + (iii) + 302; illustrations by the author. Dustwrapper torn and sunned; light wear to bottom fore-corner of upper board; trace of foxing to edges. Very good condition, in a modest dustwrapper. "Jan Juta is a many-talented man: painter, designer, author, lecturer, and lay preacher in the Episcopal Church. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he was the only son of Sir Henry and Lady Juta, politically and socially prominent members of what was then called the Cape Colony. After attending Christ Church College, Oxford, he studied art in Rome, Madrid, and Paris. His murals have been commissioned in France, England, South Africa, and the United States ..." .

$9.91

Barnett Potter, a Fighter

By Potter, Ursula Barnett

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1975) 0869781103. 8vo; original yellow boards, lettered in white on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 161; plates. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and slightly edgeworn; bookplate to front pastedown; bottom edges of boards lightly shelf-rubbed; a little foxing to endpapers and edges. Good condition. "Barnett Potter was a man of Africa, a rugged individualist who made his own way in life and fought for what he believed. Journalist, broadcaster and author ... Barnett Potter was also an airman, a resolute and tought explorer of the skies above and the earth beneath. ... This book is a portrait of him by his wife Ursula, but includes some of his own thrilling and often humorous accounts of his flying adventures." .

$6.60

Rimbaud. The Double Life of a Rebel
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Rimbaud. The Double Life of a Rebel

By White, Edmund

(London: Atlantic Books, 2008) 9781843549710. 8vo; original dark green boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 192. Very good condition. "Poet and prodigy Arthur Rimbaud led a life that was startlingly short, yet dramatically eventful and accomplished. His long poem Une saison en enfer and his collection Illuminations are central to the modern canon. Having sworn off writing at the age of twenty-one, Rimbaud drifted around the world from scheme to scheme, ultimately dying from an infection contracted while gun-running in Africa. He was thirty-seven." .

$5.28

Tramp Royal. The True Story of Trader Horn

By Couzens, Tim

(Johannesburg: Ravan Press and Witwatersrand University Press, 1992) 0869754165. 220 x 148 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. xii + 623; genealogical table; maps; many photographs and reproductions of contemporary artwork in text. Light creasing to spine. Very good condition. "On a spring morning in 1925 a frail old man from a doss house in Johannesburg turned up on the veranda of novelist Ethelreda Lewis hawking gridirons and toasting forks. They fell into conversation, and his reminiscences about Equatorial Africa in the 1870s so captivated her that she decided to write them down. The resulting book, Trader Horn, became an international bestseller in 1927. Popular though the book was, it did not take long before the veracity of Lewis's tale was being called into question by many who believed the work was fiction, or a hoax. The Hollywood film of the book, released in 1931, did little to convince the sceptics, and today Trader Horn is widely regarded as a figure of fantasy, with no more foundation in reality than the Ancient Mariner or Rip van Winkle. In Tramp Royal, by means of a fascinating piece of biographical detective work, Tim Couzens picks up the fading trail of the real Trader Horn and follows it from Lancashire in the 1860s, through the frontiers of Africa, Buffalo Bill's America, Cockney London in the 1880s, gunrunning in Madagascar, and the Anglo-Boer War to the doss house in Johannesburg. Tramp Royal is the tale of an unquenchable free spirit forever in search of adventure, and in this magic lantern of a book Couzens tells it with a verve and enjoyment entirely appropriate to the larger-than-life character he celebrates." .

$8.58

Remember Me?

By Monaghan, Mary

(Cape Town: Tortoise Press, 2006) 0620366486. Author's presentation inscription to title page. 210 x 146 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. vi + 154 + (ii). Near-fine condition. "Mary Monaghan's candidly recounted, moving story will resonate in the lives of readers, inspiring many to move beyond their own dire circumstances." .

$8.58

The First South African. The Life and Times of Sir Percy FitzPatrick

By Cartwright, A. P.

(Cape Town: Purnell, 1972) 360001505. Large 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 256, incl. index; plates. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; extremities of boards slightly bumped and rubbed; pieces cut from top and bottom edges of front free endpaper. Good condition. "Very few men in South Africa, or elsewhere for that matter, have had a more varied career than he had. He was successively a bank clerk in the Standard Bank, Cape Town, a digger at Pilgrim's Rest, a storekeeper, a transport rider, editor of a newspaper, a partner in the most successful mining-finance company in the world, a member of Parliament, an author and a pioneer of the citrus industry. By the time he was 35 he had written two of the most renowned best-sellers in the English language. ... Here is the full story of this amazing man's life with no detail of his triumphs and his personal sorrow omitted. It is written in a style worthy of the subject and it presents a portrait not only of a great South African but also of the age in which he lived. It its pages you will meet Paul Kruger, Lord Kitchener, Lord Milner, General Louis Botha, General Smuts, Cecil Rhodes, Dr. Jameson and many others - and see them as FitzPatrick saw them." .

$9.91

Top Hat to Velskoen

By van der Byl, Piet

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1973) 0869780041. 8vo; original light brown boards, lettered in black on spine; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 244; plates. Dustwrapper a bit rubbed and edgeworn; some foxing to edges, endpapers and reverse of dustwrapper, occasional fox spot elsewhere; trace of rippling to early leaves. Good condition. "My first book Playgrounds and Battlefields covers the period from my birth to the end of World War I. This book continues the story to the end of the Second World War. It tells of my period with Field-Marshal Lord Haig; my marriage; going into public life and part of my career as a Cabinet Minister." .

$13.21

Brigadier to Barman

By Day, Eric

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1958). Foreword by Dornford Yates. 8vo; mustard-coloured boards, lettered in red on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 173; illustrations. Paper rather browned, owing to paper stock used; some foxing; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper. Good condition. 'At various times in my life I had tried my hand at farming, ranching, mining and even commercial travelling but for the greater part I had been a soldier. I was now a pensioner retired from the Regular Army where I had attained the august rank of Brigadier and was in a position to take the lesser-paid jobs. ... And so started a new life, really a new career, both for Joan and for me. Hotel work is a life you either love or loathe. I love most of it, though there are certain aspects I hated from the start and always will. On the whole though, looking back over the years and the various hotels we have managed, we have had a tremendous amount of happiness .. and assuredly we have laughed more than we have cried.' .

$8.58

Blackwell Remembers. The Memoirs of the Hon. Leslie Blackwell, Q.C., M.C.

By Blackwell, Leslie

(Cape Town, Howard Timmins, 1971). 8vo; original pale boards, lettered in black on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. 213, incl. index; black-and-white photographic plates. Earlier owner's Ex libris hand-stamp to front free endpaper; a little foxing. Good condition. "Few people have led as active and colourful a life as Leslie Blackwell, retired judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa. Now in his eighties he can look back on half a lifetime of Parliament, followed by an outstanding career on the Bench, and with it wide experiences of travel, including two trips around the world. In his time he has met most of the better known personalities in South Africa, and has stories to tell of his Parliamentary leader, General Smuts, and many others. Mr. Blackwell writes mainly in the lighter vein. These are no dull pages: they sparkle with interest and humour. In them there is something for everyone." .

$6.60

The Shadows Lengthen

By Van der Byl, Piet

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1973) 0869780751. 8vo; original orange boards, lettered in white on spine; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 164; plates. Dustwrapper rather scuffed and a little edgeworn, with archival tape repairs to reverse; some foxing to endpapers and edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good condition. "The third volume of this autobiography begins with the crash of the Smuts Government after World War 2 and covers Major van der Byl's career until the present day." .

$13.21

Tobie Muller: 'n Inspirasie vir Jong Suid-Afrika

By Keet, B. B., and Gordon Tomlinson

(Cape Town: Nasionale Pers, 1925). Squarish 8vo; original oatmeal cloth, lettered in green on upper cover and in brown on spine; pp. 178; plates. Earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; light foxing. Very good condition. Afrikaans text. (Nienaber I, p. 179) Tobie Muller (1884-1918) was a "minister of the N.G. Kerk and campaigner for Afrikaans ... Although he died at the age of only thirty-four, he was during his short life, a talented and patriotic Christian with a humility which won him a place in the hearts of his young compatriots. Where he led they followed eagerly. He was, in fact, an inspiration to the youth of his nation at a time when they were searching for it." - DSAB I, pp. 571-2 .

$39.62

Mydorp: Portrait of a Platteland Boyhood

By D'Ewes, Dudley

(Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1954). 8vo; original red cloth, lettered gilt on spine and with publisher's monogram in gilt to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 96; line drawings in text. Dustwrapper sunned and fishmothed, with earlier owner's silking to reverse; earlier owner's bookplate to front free endpaper; trace of foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good condition. 'Mr D'Ewes was born at Warrenton, on the Cape-Transvaal border, in 1905. He was the son of a diamond digger, and was orphaned at an early age, his parents having died within 24 hours of each other. As a boy he went to live with relatives who farmed at Faure, and he attended the Somerset West High School. He knew poverty and hardship in his youth, but his intellectual qualities were recognized at an early age, and he was sent first to the University of Cape Town where he gained an MA in classics in 1927, and then on to Oxford where, at Keble College, he acquired a BA Honours degree in theology. ... For many years, from 1936, he was correspondent at the Cape for The Times, London, and he wrote several books one of which "Mydorp: Portrait of a Platteland Boyhood" was on childhood memories of the diamond-digging area in which he spent his earliest years.' - From an obituary portrait of 26 June 1980, the day following the death of Dudley D'Ewes. .

$13.21

Scotty Smith

By Metrowich, F.C.

(Cape Town: Books of Africa, 1983) 0949956201. 8vo; original pictorial boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. xiii + (i) + 229, incl. index; plates. Top fore-corners slightly bumped; pages somewhat browned; scattered foxing. Good to very good condition. "Scotty Smith, bandit, highwayman, cattle thief, I.D.B., and certainly one of the most enigmatic characters ever known in Southern Africa. Part rogue, part hero; half a villain, the other half all Good Samaritan; nobody could ever quite make up their minds whether to love or hate him. Innumerable tales have been spun around this curious man. Now F. C. Metrowich has produced the first definitive biography of Scotty Smith, and the details of the bandit's life provide reading at once astonishing and entertaining. Along with Dick Turpin, Robin Hood and Rob Roy of Britain, Ned Kelly of Autralia, Billy the Kid of American and the celebrated Till Eulenspiegel of Germany, Scotty Smith of South Africa joins the select ranks of the world's most picturesque bad men." .

$9.91

Boundless Privilege. An Autobiography of Marjorie Juta

By Juta, Marjorie

(Cape Town: Human and Rousseau, 1974) 079810452X. 8vo; original brown boards, lettered in white on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 208; black-and-white photographs. Dustwrapper somewhat rubbed and edgeworn; spine slightly cocked; some foxing. Good condition. "Miss Juta is a jack of many trades. Apart from a colourful war record, during which she was awarded the Croix-de-Guerre, she is a horsewoman, big game enthusiast, golf champion, traveller, broadcaster, and author of The Pace of the Ox, the life of President Paul Kruger. She has known many notable and amusing people, who add lustre to her story, and in this book there is to be found a wide diversity of interest and humour, and a new and comprehensive picture of many of South Africa's most fascinating facets." .

$8.58

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