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Eden's Exiles. One soldier's fight for paradise
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Eden's Exiles. One soldier's fight for paradise

By Breytenbach, Jan

(Cape Town: Queillerie, 1997) 1874901244. 8vo; original green boards, lettered in white on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (iv) + 259; map; colour plates. Dustwrapper slightly rubbed, and sunned on spine panel; sporadic foxing. Good to very good condition. "Breytenbach tells the story of how he, both a military leader and a nature conservation officer, together with his men, witnessed with increasing alarm the collusion between elements of his own South African Defence Force and Angolan rebel movement, Unita, to smuggle lucrative ivory and rhino horn, using secretly sanctioned conduits through the Republic of South Africa to the Far East. And not only that, but also the large-scale eradication of wildlife through illegal hunting by high-ranking politicians and their senior comrades-in-arms. This book is about Breytenbach's futile struggle against these forces until he was recalled to Pretoria, thus himself becoming one of Eden's exiles. But above all, it is a heart-warming, heart-breaking story of friendship between man and beast. Of military men tenderly rearing three lions and a leopard. Of joy, playfulness, humor and, ultimately, loss." .


Grasses of South West Africa/Namibia

By Müller, M.A.N.

(Windhoek: Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Agriculture and Nature Conservation, 1984) 086976201. 210 x 148 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. 287, incl. index; colour vegetations map; line drawings; photographs; distribution maps. A little foxing to edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. "The aim of this publication is to provide much-needed information on the grazeable vegetation of South West Africa/Namibia. 115 species of grass were selected, and these are described. The majority of these grasses are important agriculturally - whether as pioneers, sub-climax or climax grasses. ... The synopsis of the vegetation types of the territory is intended to provide the reader with some idea of the correlation between the distribution of grasses and the various vegetation zones." .


Wildplaasbestuur. 'n Praktiese handleiding oor alle aspekte van die aankoop, beplanning, ontwikkeling, bestuur en benutting van 'n moderne wildplaas

By Bothma, J. du P. (editor)

(Pretoria: J. L. van Schaik, 1988) 0627014704. 8vo; laminated pictorial boards; pp. (xii) + 616, incl. index; colour photographs; numerous maps, tables, graphs, diagrams, monochrome photographs and line drawings. Trace of foxing to endpapers and edges. Very good condition. Afrikaans text. "Die uitgangspunt vir die boek is dat dit so 'n praktiese handleiding moontlik moet wees. Daarom word die vrae van wat om te doen, aangevul met inligting oor hoe om dit te doen. Waar nodig word daar van uitgewerkte voorbeelde gebruik gemaak om sekere beginsels, tegnieke of prosedures te illustreer. Die wiskundige vergelykings wat gebruik word, is binne die vermoë van enige persoon wat 'n moderne sakrekenaar kan gebruik." .


Die Siel van die Mier

By Marais, Eugène N.

(Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik, 1975) 0627000088. 8vo; original pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 170; line drawings in text; plates. Dustwrapper rather tanned, foxed, edgeworn, with archival tape repair to reverse; corners of boards lightly bumped; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; scattered foxing. Good condition, in a fair dustwrapper. Afrikaans text. 'Die Siel van die Mier is die resultaat van tien jaar se intensiewe studie en navorsing oor die leefwyse, gedrag en gewoontes van termiete. Soos Burgers van die Berge vind dit aansluiting by Marais se omvattende studie van die evolusionêre oorsprong van die instink en onderbewussyn. … Die Siel van die Mier is vandag, ná soveel jare, steeds 'n meervlakkige, opwindende werk wat afdoende bewys lewer waarom Eugène Marais beskou word as "die eerste mens wat deurgedring het tot die geheime van die wonderwêreld van die diereryk en die erkende verborgenhede van die wonderwêreld van die mens begryp het".' .


Huberta's journey

By Van Straten, Cicely

(Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1988) 0624025136. Author's signed presentation inscription to title page. 212 x 137 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 148 + (ii); map; charming illustrations by Cora Coetzee. Crease to top fore-corner of upper cover; trace of foxing to outermost leaves and edges. Very good condition. "The story of Huberta holds a mystery - why did a young female hippo choose to wander nearly a thousand kilometres down the South African coast alone? We shall never know the exact answer to this riddle. We can only put together as many pieces of the puzzle as possible and try to make some sense of them. Many people met her on her strange journey and many anecdotes and legends grew around her. Some of these stories are untrue, others are exaggerations with a grain of truth in them. Still others are verified by many sources. All these sources had to be sifted and from these siftings has come this book." .


Eastern Cape Veld Flowers

By Gledhill, Eily

(Cape Town: Department of Nature and Environmental Conservation of the Cape Provincial Administration, 1969). 8vo; limp pictorial boards; endpaper map; pp. 271; four colour plates and a further sixty-five pages of monochrome illustrations with facing descriptions. Some moderate foxing to cover and occasionally elsewhere. Good to very good condition. "Many genera ... such as Erica (Heaths), Helichrysum (Everlastings), Pelargonium, Eragrostis (Blue Grass) and Aloe, are noteworthy for having a very large assemblage of species. In Southern Africa the Eastern Cape Province is particularly favourably placed to receive full advantage of this variety. It is an area whose natural treasures are little known to the outside world or for that matter to its inhabitants themselves ... " .


Veld Management in the Valley Bushveld of the Eastern Cape

By Aucamp, A.J, and N.M. Tainton

(Pretoria: Division Agricultural Information, Republic of South Africa, 1984) 0621088579. 210 x 148 mm; saddle-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. vi + 34; tables; graphs; map. A little light foxing. Very good condition. "The excellent information presented in this publication will be received with great enthusiasm by the farming community, researchers, agricultural advisors and students in agriculture. It will fulfill an urgent need for information in respect of certain plants in the Valley Bushveld. It is hoped that this will lead to further investigations, which will supplement the existing knowledge, with special reference to the management of this vegetation type. Such information is of critical importance for two principal reasons. Firstly, the Valey Bushveld is an important agricultural area, especially as far as the production of mohair and red meat is concerned and secondly, because it is so vulnerable to destruction by over exploitation." .


Guide to Indigenous Trees of the Eastern Cape

By Urton, N. R.

(Port Elizabeth: Port Elizabeth Technical College, 1961). 190 x 160 mm; printed card wrappers; pp. iv + 64; leaf illustrations. Cover partially sunned; earlier owner's name inside upper cover; scattered foxing. Good condition. "This is intended primarily as a layman's guide to the indigenous forest trees of the Eastern Cape Province, i.e. roughly from George to East London. It includes some of the commoner trees and some associated shrubs which may assume tree form." .


Van Staden's River Wild Flower Reserve and Bird Sanctuary / Vanstadensrivierveldblomreservaat en voëltuin

By Divisional Council of Port Elizabeth (publishers)

(Port Elizabeth: Divisional Council of Port Elizabeth, 1970). 250 x 160 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial card wrappers; pp. 26 + 26; map; line drawings. Complete text in English and Afrikaans. Scattered, light foxing; section torn from bottom edge of English title leaf, without loss of text. Good condition. Uncommon guide to this popular rambling spot outside Port Elizabeth. .


The Swartkops Estuary. An Ecological Survey

By Wild Life Protection and Conservation Society (Field Work Section), et al

(Port Elizabeth: The Zwartkops Trust, 1971). 246 x 160 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial wrappers; pp. (iv) + 42 + (ii); four maps; line drawings in text; two black-and-white photographs. Wrappers slightly rubbed; small penned mark to upper cover; moderate foxing throughout. Good condition. "This work was initiated by the Field Work Section of the Wild Life Protection and Conservation Society, under the enthusiastic leadership of a young amateur naturalist, Mr Karl Edwardes. Subsequently the information gathered was edited and supplemented by Trust members, including Dr. John Grindley, the Director of the Port Elizabeth, who provided scientific advice." - Introductory message. Chapter titles are as follows: The Lower Swartkops River; Vegetation; Plankton; Marine Animal Life; Fish and Fishing; Fresh Water Fish; Snakes of the Swartkops Estuary; The Waders of the Estuary; A Check List of the Birds of the Estuary. .


Van Staden's River Wild Flower Reserve and Bird Sanctuary / Vanstadensrivierveldblomreservaat en voëltuin

By Divisional Council of Port Elizabeth (publishers)

(Port Elizabeth: Divisional Council of Port Elizabeth, 1970). 250 x 160 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial card wrappers; pp. 26 + 26; map; line drawings. Complete text in English and Afrikaans. Some silverfish nibbling to wrappers; a little foxing. Good condition. Uncommon guide to this popular rambling spot outside Port Elizabeth. .


Caldwell's Animals. Colour Reproductions of Animals from the Original Paintings in the Fehr Collection of Africana

By Caldwell, Edmund (artist)

(Cape Town: Art Reproductions, no date). 4to; original salmon-coloured boards, lettered in grey on spine and with William Fehr's monogram to upper board; pictorial dustwrapper; unpaginated; sixteen full-page reproductions of Caldwell works, in colour and monochrome: pictures recto, and descriptive text to facing verso; introductory text. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn. Very good condition. "E. Caldwell will always rank as one of the world's leading artists of wildlife. ... The reproductions in this book are from the renowned collection of William Fehr ... The pictures have given pleasure to so many thousands of visitors that sixteen of them have now been reproduced in this book in all their beauty and colour." .


The Conservationists and the Killers. The Story of Game Protection and the Wildlife Society of Southern Africa

By Pringle, John A., with Creina Bond and John Clark

(Cape Town: T. V. Bulpin / Books of Africa, 1982) 0949956236. Folio; original green boards, with gilt device to upper board and spine lettered in gilt; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 319, including index; illustrated with maps, line drawings, reproductions of colour wildlife paintings, and photographs. Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed to lower panel; merest trace of spotting to top edge. Near fine condition. "When man reached the intellectual divide which separates the killers from the conservationists in Southern Africa, it was almost too late. While there is general acceptance in this world that all countries should preserve at least 10 per cent of their area for wilderness, nature, recreation and purity of watersheds, South Africa today has less than 4 per cent of its once seemingly boundless land conserved and safe from despoliation. The story of how even that small area was conserved is a story of the dedication and inspiration, not of governments, but of individuals, of small associations and of the Wildlife Society which increasingly works today in Southern Africa to guard the heritage of nature, to conserve what is left of the wilderness, to seek out areas where the flowers, plants, trees and all wild creatures can be restored to their former glory with the remarkable resilience of nature when human beings find harmony with their environment instead of destroying it, where the conservationists take over from the killers." .


Wildflowers of the Port Elizabeth Area. Swartkops to Sundays Rivers

By Vanderplank, Helen J.

(Port Elizabeth: Bluecliff Publishing, 1998) 0620221623. Signed by the author on the title page. 220 x 174 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. 160; 68 full-colour plates illustrating 380 species; colour map. Wrappers a little rubbed and curled; earlier owners' names on half-title; newspaper obituary for Helen Vanderplank tipped in on final page; some marginal annotations. Good condition. "For some obscure reason, the Eastern Cape has neglected itself in the past by not showing enough initiative in proclaiming its floral wares and beauties in all their astonishing diversity. Helen Vanderplank's book can help to right that self-imposed injustice by stimulating a desire, especially amongst the youth and students in particular, to go out and see for themselves what the veld holds for those with eyes to see. Scientific botany is a difficult and complicated subject beyond the amateur enthusiast but Helen Vanderplank shows that with a little help from books like this and with the right kind of deepening interest, anyone can be transported into a new world bringing lifelong pleasure." - C J 'Jack' Skead, in his Preface. .


Studies on the Ecology of Maputaland

By Bruton, M. N., and K. H. Cooper

(Grahamstown and Durban: Rhodes University and the Natal Branch of the Wildlife Society of Southern Africa, 1980) 0868100358. 8vo; original pictorial boards; pp. xix + (i) + 560, incl. index; several maps, incl. folding; photographs; line drawings; tables. Quite foxed to boards and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere; gift inscription to front free endpaper. Good condition. The contributions are placed under the general headings 'The Environment', 'Plant Studies', 'Invertebrate Studies', 'Vertebrate Studies', 'Ecosystem Studies', and 'Human Studies and the Future'. The dune forests of Maputaland, its corals and marine fishes, marine turtles, crocodiles and birds receive deserved attention. "The assembly of a collection of papers dealing with such an array of subjects, from Anthicid beetles via the wetlands and coastal waters to the elephants of the Mosi-Sihangwane savanna, is a formidable task in its own right, but by attempting this, the editors and their contributors have shown how complex and sensitive the environment of Maputaland really is." - From the Preface. .


Lions, Leopards and Lynxes. Twenty Years with Wild Cats

By Wilson, Vivian J.

(Bulawayo: Books of Zimbabwe, 1981) 086920243X. 193 x 185 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. xx + 227; photographs in colour and monochrome; line drawings; tables; distribution maps. Wrappers a little rubbed, with slight curl to fore-corners; gift inscription to first blank; occasional fox spot. Good to very good condition. Experiences with Africa's wild cats, based on the author's own experiences in conservation. 'Many thousands of people born in the cities have never seen a lion or a cheetah, and I know from my own experience ... that the majority of Africans have never even heard of a caracal or a serval; in fact most of them when seeing the animal for the first time ... have even doubted that they occur in this country and believe they have come from some foreign land. ... It would be difficult to ask a person to protect servals, cheetah and caracals if he does not even know what the species looks like and what good the animal would serve if protected.' .


Memories of a Game Ranger

By Wolhuter, Harry

(Pretoria: Protea Book House, 2010) 9781869193607. 222 x 152 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 293; line drawings; plates; map. Fine condition. "I suppose there can be few if any men in all Africa possessing a deeper knowledge and wider experience of bush lore in all its phases and in his prime he held all the qualities requisite to give effect to that knowledge and experience; a powerful frame, an iron constitution; cool courage and quiet determination. In addition, his complete mastery of the local Bantu language, and acquaintance with their customs, earned him exceptional liking and respect among the tribal natives. His unique exploit in killing, single-handed, and armed only with a knife, a full grown male lion which had seized, and was carrying him off, was in itself a feat rendering superfluous any further tributes to his rare courage and coolness; but it is worth remarking that in many hazards - happily all safely surmounted - which he has since incurred in the course of his duties, his nerve has shown itself to be just as calm and steady as it was when he underwent that terrible experience." - From the Foreword by J. Stevenson-Hamilton .


Cry for the Lions. A story of the lions of Mashatu epitomising the need for the conservation of the lions of all Africa

By Patterson, Gareth

(Johannesburg: Frandsen Publishers, 1988) 0620119918. 8vo; original salmon-coloured boards, lettered in white on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xxii + 192; text illustrations; colour plates. Earlier owner's name on the front free endpaper, endpapers, edges and reverse of dustwrapper lightly foxed. Very good condition. "CRY FOR THE LIONS, destined to become a classic in its field, leaves one with a sense of awe for the beauties and complexities of Africa's wild places and a more enlightened realisation that, because of developing circumstances throughout the African continent, man must now be the final guardian of the lion." .


Cuddle Me Kill Me

By Peirce, Richard

(Cape Town: Struik Nature, 2018) 9781775845935. 210 x 147 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 200; full-colour photographs. New. A true account of South Africa's captive lion breeding and canned hunting industry. .


The Spotted Sphinx

By Adamson, Joy

(London: Collins & Harvill, 1969). Large 8vo; pictorial boards; price-clipped laminated pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 217 + (6); plates, incl. some in full colour. Dustwrapper slightly rubbed, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing and some tape marks to reverse; corners lightly bumped; trace of spotting to edges. Very good condition. 'Joy Adamson, known for her epic of ELSA, the Kenya lioness, has a new and fascinating animal story to tell. This time it is centred on Pippa, a cheetah given to her by a family who were leaving Kenya and wanted to find a good home for their pet. Mrs. Adamson determined to restore this great cat to its natural wild heritage, but the problem presented many difficulties, for hitherto no domesticated cheetah had ever consented to return to the bush.' .


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