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Mankazana. Secret Loves

By Pringle, Eric

(Adelaide, Eastern Cape: the author, no date [c. 1980]). Signed and dated on the title page by the author. 224 x 170 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. vi + 107; monochrome illustrations; genealogical tables; full-colour family crest. Wrappers very slightly rubbed; discreet archival tape repair at tail of spine; some highlighting to names on foreword page and in genealogy. Good condition. "Over twenty years have passed by since the publication of my first book on the family 'Pringle', and it is with pleasure that I have done this work on the Glen Thorn family of 'Pringle'. The difficulty from the beginning, has been to make a story of what is essentially simply a genealogy, and so the thought has occurred to me, that my children, my grandchildren and those coming after them would be interested if I jotted down some of the stories that I have gathered of the days of long ago, and of the struggles and joys that have been a part of my life. It is possible that what I have written may here and there find interest among those true South Africans who know and love this wonderful country, and this beautiful Mankazana." - Author's Foreword .

$26.53

Xhosa Warrior. Original Watercolour for Plate 21 in 'Sketches of some of the various Classes and Tribes inhabiting the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope and the Interior of Southern Africa'

By [White, J.]

([Cape Town?]: ca 1845). 230 x 160 mm (image area); 320 x 250 mm (with frame). Original pencil and wash dramatic illustration for Plate 21 ("Koosa [Warrior]") in 'Sketches of some of the various Classes and Tribes inhabiting the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope and the Interior of Southern Africa', which was published by W. Robt. & Lowes Dickinson in 1851. The picture is in good condition, somewhat age-toned, with a few fox spots. It can be supplied with or without the glass-fronted frame. The story of the artist's discovery is a fascinating account of Africana sleuthing. Sidney Mendelssohn (Volume I, p. 291) does not venture an opinion on the 'JW' whose initials appear on the portraits, although a pencil note accompanying a folder of 'JW' drawings in Mendelssohn's possession attributed the works to a 'J. Walker'. However, Alfred Gordon-Brown, in his 'Pictorial Africana', settles the matter almost conclusively. Gordon-Brown met Richard Sawyer, the Africana dealer, who showed him a collection of typical drawings of Cape 'types' bearing the initials 'J.W.' "On the folder was written in old ink 'A collection of characteristic 24 sketches by J. White, Esq., Cape of Good Hope'. The provenance of the drawings was convincing; they came from the home of a titled gentleman in a Welsh village and had been auctioned in nearby Gloucester. So the mystery now seems to be at an end." - Pictorial Africana, pp. 36-39, 240-241; SABIB 4, p. 220 .

$258.69

A Shepherd of the Veld: Bransby Lewis Key, Bishop of St. John's, Kaffraria

By Callaway, Godfrey

(London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 1912). 8vo; sensitively re-bound in charcoal Wicotex Brillianta bookcloth, lettered in gilt on spine; new, toned endpapers; pp. xxii + 214 + (ii), publisher's catalogue; 16 plates (3 of which are new facsimiles); folding map. Moderate foxing throughout. Uncommon account of the early days of the Transkei. "A very remarkable record of a remarkable work in South Africa. Bishop Key, as his biographer (a well-known Cowley Father) shows, was a man of saintly character and heroic devotion to his Master's cause; the story of his life is one which cannot fail to move even those who do not follow closely the work of the Church for the Empire." - The publisher's description. "A man of great determination, but of a kindly, sympathetic, and understanding nature, Key showed himself to be a good administrator and a dedicated missionary. His fluency in the Xhosa tongue enabled him to make extensive translations from the Book of common prayer, including the communiion service, published in 1897." - DSAB IV, p. 276 .

$145.93

Report on Preliminary Examination of Transkeian Territories AND Survey of Indwe to Natal Border. With a View to the Construction of a Line of Railway

By Tudhope, A. D., and P. Fletcher

(Cape Town: W. A. Richards & Sons, 1897). 332 x 208 mm; original blue, side-stitched wrappers; pp. (ii) + 22; two large, folding maps and a folding chart; tables. Wrappers ragged and detached; leaves and maps largely loose, but all present; some fold-tears to largest map repaired with archival tape; earlier owner's name signed to upper cover and title page, his bookplate to title page verso. Fair condition; the excellent maps are in good to very good condition. Uncommon: OCLC finds just one repository (South African) holding this two-part document in print format. Tudhope's brief was to explore, in particular, the prospects for railway construction along three routes: (a) From about Kei Road via Komgha, Butterworth, Umtata to Natal Border. (b) From Imvani, via Indwe, Cala, or Maclear, Matatiele onward. (c) From Indwe direct to Riverside. Fletcher, who passed away in 1896 and before the publication of his report, explored prospects for a line from the Sterkstroom-Indwe terminus to the Natal border, with a branch line to Kokstad. .

$33.17

Time Was: The Story of a Family and a Farm

By Miller, Louise, and others

(no place: the author, ca 1984). Presentation inscription from the principal author inside upper cover. 248 x 162 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. (ii) + 50. Wrappers lightly soiled; spine frayed at head; pages working loose, but present; pp. 15-18 bound out of sequence; some fox spots. Good. Uncommon: OCLC finds just one South African repository holding this title. Recollections by members of the Hughes family of life at Ellesmere, the family farm near Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape. .

$19.90

The Reminiscences of Amelia de Henningsen (Notre Mère)

By Young, Margaret (editor)

(Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman, for Rhodes University, 1989). Graham's Town Series, number 10. 8vo; original dark brown cloth, with gilt device to upper cover, and spine lettered in gilt; dustwrapper; tinted top edge; pp. x + 341, incl. index; some photographs and a facsimile. Fine condition. "The Reminiscences of Amelia de Henningsen relate the most important incidents in the life-story of a most remarkable woman, known far and wide in South Africa during the second half of the 19th century as 'Notre Mère'. She came to South Africa in 1849 as the leader of a band of pioneer Sisters, the first ever to establish convent schools in southern Africa. With persevering endurance she lived through the poverty, the struggles and the disappointments encountered in laying the foundations of schools which were intended to inculcate basic Christian principles and Gospel values. With indomitable courage and unfailing energy she endured the hardships and dangers of the frontier war of 1850/1853, and responded to the needs of the people, especially of the homeless orphans, the sick and the poor." .

$33.17

1820

By Barry, T. H.

(Grahamstown: Albany Museum, 1961). Title taken from upper cover. 207 x 264 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial wrappers; pp. 16; illustrations. Very good condition. Brochure to accompany the launch of the 1820 Settlers' Monument Trust, with information on the settlers' arrival, hardships, worship, hunting, democratic spirit, achievements and material culture. Uncommon: OCLC finds this item in just two repositories, both South African .

$9.95

The Flora of Albany and Bathurst. Incorporating a General Survey of the Vegetation and an Annotated Check List of the Vascular Plants

By Martin, A.R.H., and A.R.A. Noel (compilers)

(Grahamstown: Department of Botany, Rhodes University, 1960). 215 x 140 mm; printed card wrappers; pp. xxiv + 128, incl. index; folding map showing distribution of the region's plant formations. A little light foxing. Very good condition. "This account of the vegetation of Albany and Bathurst has been produced in response to a long-felt need in the Department of Botany of Rhodes University. It is intended primarily as a guide to the taxonomy of the plants in our area. Much of the existing literature is obsolete or beyond the reach of undergraduate students, and it has become highly desirable to discontinue the use of terminology known to have been long superseded." .

$13.27

Coko: Reminiscences of Joseph Scotch Coko, a Grahamstown Resident

By Coko, Joseph Scotch (author), and Richard A. Moyer (editor)

(Grahamstown: Institute for Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, 1973) 0949980242. 233 x 158 mm; card wrappers; pp. xviii + (iv) + 191 + (i); some photographs and facsimiles. Sunned on spine, else near-fine. "Anyone interested in biographical material by Africans in South Africa is well aware of its virtual non-existence. There are a handful of books which treat the lives of wellknown personalities ... Even rarer are publications by individuals who have lived their lives in virtual anonymity. The result is a tremendous void in that we have no retrospective view of how a common man has viewed his life, acquaintances and - of particular significance in South Africa - the impact on him of a racialist society. I believe these reminiscences by Joseph Coko are a positive contribution to filling this void. ... During his youth at the turn of the century, he developed close relationships with the Xhosa-speaking men who worked with his father, and he took every opportunity to enquire into the traditions of his own people, the amaXhosa. He was fascinated by the stories of his ancestors, their language, history, customs and superstitions. This particular interest, along with his facility in English, gave him a reputation amongst both Africans and Europeans as a person who could valuably criticize their efforts when they wrote or translated from each other's languages." .

$26.53

Cradock [Welkom in Cradock / Welcome to Cradock]

By Anonymous

([Cradock]: Cradock Publicity Association [?], ca 1985). 208 x 147 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial wrappers; pp. 44; maps; photographs in colour and monochrome; adverts. Very good condition. Bilingual guide (English and Afrikaans) to this Eastern Cape Midlands town, with information on the Olive Schreiner home, the Mountain Zebra National Park, and the Sulphur Springs, besides several other attractions. .

$3.98

Queenstown 1824 - 1994

By Holliday, E.W. (compiler)

(Queenstown: Queenstown and Frontier Historical Society, 1995) 0620189339. Number 135 of a limited edition. Squarish 8vo; original red rexine, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; pp. (ii) + iii + (i) + 155 + (xi). Merest trace of ripple to bottom edges of leaves; occasional faint fox spot. Very good to near-fine condition. Very uncommon history of this Eastern Cape town. Contents: 1. Pioneering Years 1824-1899; 2. Quiet Growth 1900-1949; 3. Expansion 1950-1979; 4. Boom and Protest 1980-1989; 5. New South Africa 1990-1994. .

$53.06

The Valiant But Once

By Metrowich, F. C.

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1956). 8vo; original red boards, lettered in black on spine and upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 230, incl. index; plates. Dustwrapper a little edgeworn, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to reverse of spine at head and tail; pages foxed and browned. Good. An account of the Cape colony's troubled eastern frontier and some of its key historical figures. .

$9.95

Tharfield. An Eastern Cape Farm

By Thorpe, C.

(Port Alfred: the author, 1978). 245 x 160 mm; pictorial wraps; pp. v + 97; maps; monochrome illustrations in text. Wrappers lightly tanned; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "This is the story of an Eastern Cape farm and of the two families that have occupied it since the 1820s. The history of the Eastern Cape did not begin in 1820, but the arrival, one might say the irruption, of close on four thousand Settlers in that year meant the closing of one chapter and the opening of another." .

$26.53

William Thomas Brown, 1820 Settler, 11 February 1800 - 22 December 1872

By Barnes, Elizabeth M.

(Amanzimtoti: the author, no date) 0620170328. Signed by the author on the title page. 210 x 148 mm; card wrappers (staples removed, but all leaves present); pp. iv + 68; two portraits. Good condition. Less the story of William Thomas Brown than a genealogy of his descendants, with biographical notes. .

$16.58

Dick King: Feats, Fame, Family

By Scallan, Joyce

(Port Elizabeth: the author, 1992, 2nd edition) 0620170379. 8vo; original red rexine, with gilt device to upper cover, lettered in gilt on spine; pp. xi + 208 (slightly unusual pagination, in that double-page spreads and folding plans are each afforded a single page number); illustrations and facsmiles in text; several genealogical tables, incl. folding. Trace of foxing. Very good condition. This book brings together practically everything one might wish to know about the South African folk hero, famed for his ride on behalf of the besieged British forces at Port Natal. Another heroic deed by Dick King is brought to light in the text. "Chapter Six deals with an equally brave, but much ignored WALK which Dick undertook over rough, uncharted, hostile territory for 4 days and 4 nights, some 120 miles, to warn the Voortrekkers of intended Zulu attacks on their laagers, and of how he arrived at Maritz's in time to help defend it with them." .

$33.17

South African Town. Some Community patterns and processes in the white population of King William's Town

By Watts, H. L

(Grahamstown: Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, 1965). Occasional Paper Number Eight. 233 x 155 mm; card wrappers; pp. (xii) + 184; frontis.; tables; graphs. Wrappers lightly sunned. Very good condition. "In South Africa, some studies have been made of people living in rural areas, and something is known about our important cities. However, the small towns dotted along the coastal belt, and more sparsely inland across the face of the country, have been scarcely touched by the social scientist. This study concerns one of these small towns, and throws light on certain aspects of life in such a community. The town chosen for examination was King William's Town, in the Border region of the Cape Province. Dating back over a century and more to the days of the old British Kaffraria, the town has existed long enough to build up an apparently stable population with its own way of life." .

$16.58

Settlers in our Valley

By Jordi, Geraldine

(London: Quality Press, 1946). 8vo; original light brown cloth; no dustwrapper; pp. 238. Light wear to extremities; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; bookseller's ink stamp to front pastedown; pages very browned; some foxing to endpapers and edges; lower hinge tender. Good. Recollections of farming life as a member of the Sundays River settlement scheme. .

$8.62

East London Centenary 1848-1948

By Various authors

(East London: Centenary Executive Committee, 1948). 280 x 223 mm; side-stitched pictorial wrappers (housed in removable protector); pp. 200; profusely illustrated; adverts. Earlier owner's initials to upper cover and title penned on spine, which has tape reinforcing at head; discreet archival tape reinforcing to upper hinge. Good to very good condition. Table of Contents: Goodwill Messages; Historical Sketch of East London; Travels of Franz von Winckelmann in Kaffraria, 1789, published for the first time in this brochure; The Churches of East London; Story of the German Legion; Ode to East London; Municipal Enterprise; East London's Chief Citizens; Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses the Princess Elizabeth and The Princess Margaret, March 1947; East London as a Holiday Resort; The Grand Prix; History of Buffalo Harbour; East London's Industrial Development; History of the Kaffrariain Rifles; Centenary Celebrations: Official Programme of events. .

$53.06

The Journal of "Harry Hastings", Albany Settler

By Ayliff, John

(Grahamstown: Grocott & Sherry, 1963). Edited by L. A. Hewson and F. G. van der Riet. 8vo; original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper maps; pp. (iv) + 106, incl. index; 2 plates. Merest trace of foxing to edges. Near-fine condition. 'The Rev. John Ayliff, 1820 Settler and one of the pioneer missionaries of the Eastern Cape, left among his papers an unfinished manuscript, here published in full for the first time under the title The Journal of Harry Hastings, Albany Settler. It consists of a narrative mostly in diary form of the experiences of a young British settler of 1820 whom the writer calls "Harry Hastings": the four-month voyage from London to Algoa Bay, the trek to the settlement near Bathurst and the difficult months that followed. Harry Hastings is to be regarded not only as an alter ego of John Ayliff, but also as a typical British settler, a "rooinek" transplanted from Whitechapel to the Zuurveld. The narrative offers a lively and entertaining account of settler life, and a unique fund of information about the first years of the Albany Settlement.' .

$26.53

The Carnarvon Dale Papers (Complete set)

By Slater, Rosalind (editor)

(Paterson and Grahamstown, EC: self-published, no date). Being letters and diaries preserved by Mrs J. F. Slater (Sarah Ann Bland) at Carnarvon Dale on the Bushman's River and edited by her granddaughter Rosalind Slater. Ten volumes, a complete set: 220 x 150 mm; pictorial wrappers. Individual descriptions follow: 1. John and Sarah: pp. (ii) + 77; contemporary illustrations. 2. Bonnins & Blands: pp. (ii) + 109; photographs. 3. Letters of 1872: pp. (iv) + 104; photographs; facsimiles. 4. Old Aunt: pp. (ii) + 67; colour plates; monochrome illustrations and facsimiles. 5. Schooldays: pp. (iv) + 116 + (i); monochrome illustrations; facsimiles. 6. John Edward: This volume edited by Doreen Blenkinsop. pp. (ii) + 123 + (iv); photographs and facsmiles. 7. Diamonds: Signed by editor on title page. pp. (i) + 101 (quirky pagination); photographs and facsimile. 8. Charles: pp. (ii) + 136 + (ii); photographs; map. 9. Frances: pp. (i) + 85 (again, odd pagination, rectos and versos numbered unconventionally in the early pages); photographs; map; facsimile. 10. The Boer War: pp. (i) + 165; contemporary photographs and facsimiles; unconventional pagination. First, eighth, ninth and tenth volumes signed by the editor. Spines a little tanned; some foxing. All volumes very good overall. "Sarah Ann Slater kept letters, and several hundred from relations and friends fill the old campaign chest at Carnarvon Dale. We are printing in several booklets some of these letters, which include those written to each other by Sarah and her husband John Slater, and those of the Bonnin sisters and the Blands. The children of John and Sarah wrote home from schools, the Diamond Fields in the 1870's, Johannesburg in the 1880's and 1890's, from Rhodesia 1890, on service during the Boer War and from England. There are also numbers of letters from their grandchildren and from their relatives, the Parkers, Blands, Wilmots, Hobsons, Berringtons and Slaters." In addition to the insights these books provide on the life of an extended 1820 Settler family, volumes 7-9 are devoted largely to letters from the Kimberley Diamond Fields and from Rhodesia, including much on experiences with the Pioneer Column, while the tenth volume is a collection of family correspondence to and from the battlefront during the Anglo-Boer War. .

$172.46

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