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The Strubens and Gold

By Cunningham, Anna (editor)

(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. .

$16.46

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.

(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." .

$8.56

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

By Cornell, Fred C.

(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." .

$98.78

Diamonds

By Bruton, Eric

(London: N.A.G. Press, 1978) 0719800714. 8vo; original black rexine, lettered in gilt on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. xiv + 532, incl. index; photographs and artwork in colour and monochrome; diagrams. Very slightly rubbed; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "This book does not set out to deal with the admitted formidable technical complexities of current scientific research on atomic diamond structure ... It will not frighten off the lay reader with an overload of scientific technologies. On the contrary to the student of gemmology and mineralogy, to the practising diamond cutter and polisher, indeed to the non-technically minded diamond merchant, this book should prove to be a boon and something to whet the appetite." .

$8.56

Randfontein Estates. The First Hundred Years

By Hocking, Anthony

(Bethulie: Hollard, 1986) 0620093773. 8vo; laminated pictorial boards; pictorial endpapers; pp. 280, incl. index; plates, line drawings and diagrams. Earlier owner's inscription to title page; some foxing; pages somewhat damp-rippled. Good condition. "Early in 1886 two itinerant miners, George Harrison and George Walker, arrived on Langlaagte looking for casual work. Both had dug for gold in Australia and it seems likely that they were on their way to rich alluvial goldfields discovered in the Eastern Transvaal. ... Within a few weeks, excited prospectors traced evidence of banket over a distance of nearly 50 kilometres from east to west - all the way to Randfontein and its neighbours at the Rand's furthest extremity." .

$6.59

The Last Empire. De Beers, Diamonds, and the World
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The Last Empire. De Beers, Diamonds, and the World

By Kanfer, Stefan

(New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1993) 0374152071. 8vo; green cloth-backed papered boards, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; decorative endpapers; pp. ix + (iii) + 409, incl. index; plates; map. Occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "From the ashes of South Africa, Stefan Kanfer sifts the diamonds of De Beers. It's an ironic tale, in black and white, of ultimate clout in a land of ultimate despair. A powerhouse of a book." - Studs Terkel .

$11.19

Some Dreams Come True

By Williams, Alpheus F.

(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.' .

$32.93

The Great Gold Reef. The Romantic History of the Rand Goldfields

By Lezard, Adèle

(Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1937). 8vo; original salmon-coloured cloth, blocked in red on spine and upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. 313, incl. index; plates; folding map. Dustwrapper a little tanned and edgeworn, with some loss to edges of lower and spine panels; edges of boards very lightly rubbed; some foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. "Gold has always held a fatal fascination for mankind, and nowhere has a more fabulous group of characters come together under stranger circumstances than in the Rand, where a comparatively short while ago a handful of ignorant Boer farmers scratched the unpromising soil under a backward and patriarchal government and where today the modern city of Johannesburg stands, surrounded by its great mines, truly a city built with gold. With such rich material to draw upon, a fascinating book was bound to result even from a less accomplished pen than that of Adèle Lezard, who is a born raconteur and writes with exceptional ability. The Great Gold Reef is a book which can be recommended in the highest terms for sheer entertainment and thrills." .

$13.17

Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa

By Coetzee, C. B. (editor)

(Pretoria: Department of Mines, 1976) 0621034649. Handbook 7 of the series published by the Department of Mines, Geological Survey Division. 4to; original green rexine, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. viii + 478, incl. index; maps, photographs, charts, incl. folding; end-pocket with two folding mineral maps and a folding stratigraphic chart. Dustwrapper a little edgeworn and somewhat rubbed; earlier owner's name and bookplate to front free endpaper; trace of foxing to edges. Very good condition. "It is hoped that this 5th edition of the Mineral Resources of South Africa will provide a fair reflection of the present state of geological knowledge regarding the country's vast mineral wealth, and that it will serve as a stimulus to the further investigation and development of these resources, upon which the prosperity of South Africa is so dependent." .

$16.46

The Heartless Stone. A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire
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The Heartless Stone. A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

By Zoellner, Tom

(New York: St. Martin's Press, 2006) 9780312339692. Signed by the author on the title page. 8vo; original black boards, lettered in metallic blue to spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 293, incl. index; map. Near-fine condition. 'Across fourteen nations and six continents, the empty mythology of the diamond drew him into a world in which a piece of carbon is made to breathe with the profound intimacies of our own histories. Sparked by his obsession with the diamond that changed his life, Zoellner searches for the answer to the question "How has one stone created empires, ruined lives, inspired lust, and emptied wallets through history?" An adventure story in the tradition of Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, The Heartless Stone is a voyage into the cold heart of the world's most unyielding gem.' .

$13.17

Maize Turns to Gold

By Jacobsson, D.

(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." ' .

$13.17

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

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

(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. .

$26.34

Mangula Copper Pot Special Edition. Silverside Mine

By Mangula Recreation Club (publishers)

(Mangula: Mangula Recreation Club, 1972). 213 x 138 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial wrappers; unpaginated (but pp. 24); photographs; large, folding diagram. Wrappers a little rubbed; some spotting. Very good condition. An overview of the mine's operation, with a little on the history. "This brochure has been produced by M.T.D. (Mangula) Ltd. to commemorate the Opening of Silverside Mine on Friday, 8th December, 1972, by Sir Charles W. Meredith, K.B.E., C.B., A.F.C." .

$9.88

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

(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. .

$32.93

Safety Practice. No. 6 Mining and Quarrying

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

(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." .

$6.59

Official Opening of Norah and Silverside Mines. 8th December, 1972. Commemorative Dinner Menu

By Mangula Mine

(no place: Mangula Mine, 1972). 210 x 140 mm; card, folded once, printed in black and gilt. Some foxing. Good. .

$3.95

The Miners Dictionary, Explaining Not only the Terms used by Miners, But also Containing the Theory and Practice of that most Useful Art of Mineing

By Hooson, William

(Ilkley: The Scolar Press, for the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 1979). Limited facsimile edition of the 1747 original. Crown 8vo; cloth-backed papered boards, lettered in silver gilt on spine; slipcase; unpaginated. Slipcase scuffed; trace of spotting to top edge. Very good condition. This work by William Hooson, a pioneering Derbyshire mining engineer, is sometimes described as the earliest dictionary of mining. .

$23.05

Kaias & Cocopans. The Story of Mining in South Africa's Northern Cape
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Kaias & Cocopans. The Story of Mining in South Africa's Northern Cape

By Hocking, Anthony (author), and Dave Gaskill (illustrator)

(Johannesburg: Hollards, no date) 0620064420. Squarish 8vo; original blue boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. x + 185, incl. index; plates; line drawings in text. Dustwrapper a little rubbed, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to extremities of spine panel; slightest trace of foxing to edges. Very good condition. "In gathering material for KAIAS & COCOPANS, Anthony Hocking made a special effort to research the widely varied mining methods that have been used in Northern Cape mines. He visited nearly all the sites he refers to, not only the mines and quarries still in operation but also workings that were abandoned long ago, and he interviewed many scores of Northern Cape mining men, both past and present. The result is a fascinating record of an industry that makes a major contribution to South Africa's prosperity and through its exports wields influence in many parts of the world." .

$16.46

The Diamond Mines of South Africa
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The Diamond Mines of South Africa

By Williams, Gardner F.

(New York: B. F. Buck & Company, 1906). Two royal 8vo volumes; red half morocco with cloth sides; spines tooled in compartments, gilt-ruled and gilt-lettered; new endpapers; pp. xvii + (i) + 359, xv + (i) + 353, incl. index; copiously illustrated with photogravure plates and captioned tissue-guards, numerous photographs, line drawings and diagrams in text. Merest suggestion of foxing to corners of some leaves. A fabulous set of the two-volume, enlarged and revised edition. (Mendelssohn II, p. 614; Hosken, p. 217) "Williams served as general manager of De Beers for eighteen and a half years. During this time he was responsible for the planning and introduction of a vastly-improved underground mining system as well as for many improvements in the methods of extracting diamond-bearing rock. By 1892 underground shifts had been reduced from twelve to eight hours on his initiative and under his supervision De Beers gained the reputation of being one of the foremost mining companies in the world. Judged by his contemporaries to be an outstanding mining engineer, Williams commanded the complete confidence of the great financial houses in Europe and America. ... His authoritative work, Diamond mines of South Africa, first published in 1902, is still a standard reference work. The Royal Academy of Science in Sweden awarded him their silver medal in 1905 and the University of California an honorary doctorate of Law in 1910." - DSAB IV, p. 785. .

$302.91

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

By Smalberger, John M.

(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 are examined in this well-researched yet absorbing story. With this book, John Smalberger makes a lasting contribution to our knowledge of Namaqualand's history." .

$9.88

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