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A new anthology of Rhodesian verse chosen by John Snelling

By Snelling, John (compiler)

(Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1950). 8vo; original yellow cloth, with gilt lettering to spine; dustwrapper; pp. xv + (i) + 104. Dustwrapper tanned, scuffed, and damp-stained; bookplate of Ernest Aldington Hunt to front free endpaper; moderate foxing to endpapers, outermost leaves and edges. Good condition, in a fair dustwrapper. The verse of Arthur Shearly Cripps, Kingsley Fairbridge, Cullen Gouldsbury and Lewis Hastings features prominently in this volume. .

$6.62

Rhodesian Verse 1888-1938

By Snelling, John (compiler)

(Oxford: B. H. Blackwell, 1938). With a Foreword by His Excellency Sir Herbert J. Stanley, G.C.M.G., Governor of Southern Rhodesia, an Introduction by Arthur Shearly Cripps, illustrated by D. J. Avery. Squarish 8vo; original dark blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, with small gilt vignette to upper cover; dustwrapper; pp. 128; line drawings. Dustwrapper partially tanned, and edgeworn, with some loss to head and tail of spine panel; bookplate of Ernest Aldington Hunt to front free endpaper; a little foxing; leaves opened; fore- and bottom edges uncut. Good to very good condition. Arthur Shearly Cripps, who features prominently in this volume, is the subject of 'The Dust Diaries', by Owen Sheers, on the cover of whose book Cripps is described as "lyric poet and maverick missionary to Rhodesia" who established "his own mission at Maronda Mashanu." .

$11.25

Lente-Stemme

By Van Bruggen, H.J.R.

(Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik, 1919). 12mo; original decorative cloth; pp. 101. Scattered light to moderate foxing; binding a bit slack. Good condition. Previous owner's handstamp on front free endpaper. .

$9.92

Modern South African Poetry

By Gray, Stephen (editor)

(Johannesburg: Ad. Donker, 1984) 086852056x. Revised and expanded edition of 'A World of Their Own'. 8vo; original brown boards; dustwrapper; pp. 254. Dustwrapper reinforced with tape; signature on front pastedown; slight spotting to endpapers. Very good condition. Poetry written in English in South Africa in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. .

$11.25

A Little Memorial

By Hamsi [Marie Kathleen Jeffreys]

(Cape Town: Citadel Press, 1942). 183 x 123 mm; card wraps; pp. 16. Wraps detached and fragile; a little browning to edges. Second World War poems in memory of "Peter": Mornay Andre du Plessis, Air Sergeant , 11th Squadron S.A.A.F. The poems "Missing" and "Death in the Desert" suggest that he was killed in action. Marie Kathleen Jeffreys, an archivist at the Cape Town Archives Repository, was best known for her genealogical studies and anti-apartheid essays. In 1959 and 1960, she published six articles on "How White Are The Whites?" in Drum Magazine. .

$9.92

The Centenary Book of South African Verse (1820 to 1925)

By Slater, Francis Carey

(London: Longmans Green & Co, 1925, First Edition). Small 8vo; original blue boards; top edge gilt; dustwrapper; pp. xxiii + (1) + 238. Edgeworn, sunned and soiled dustwrapper. Fore-edge soiled; sporadic moderate foxing; ownership inscription dated 1927 to front free endpaper. "It has been the aim of the editor to include in this volume a thoroughly representative selection of South African Verse from the time of Thomas Pringle who emigrated to South Africa in 1820 to the present day. The book contains 216 poems by 68 different writers and an introductory essay on South African Poetry by the editor." .

$13.23

The Paperbook of South African English Poetry

By Chapman, Michael (editor)

(Johannesburg: AD Donker, 1993) 0868521094. 200 x 130 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 318 (including index). Inside of upper cover slightly mottled; edges a little browned. Very good condition. "This anthology offers a selection of South African poetry written in English, from its beginnings in the 1820s to the mid-1980s. ... Over one hundred poets are represented, more or less in the order in which they first came to prominence. The compilation includes a detailed introduction, biographical notes with brief explanatory comments on some of the poems, and a select bibliography of critical material." .

$9.92

Bloemfontein: An Impression in Verse

By King, Edith L.M. and Mary Littlewood

(Bloemfontein: 1919). 180 x 125 mm; pictorial wrappers; unpaginated. Staple rusted, a little scattered foxing. Verses giving an impression of Bloemfontein in 1919: soon after the Great War and the Spanish Flu. .

$9.26

A new anthology of Rhodesian verse chosen by John Snelling

By Snelling, John (compiler)

(Oxford, B.H. Blackwell, 1950). Dustwrapper, soiled, pp. 104. Owner's handstamp on the front free endpaper, lightest foxing on the endpapers and text edges. .

$6.62

Sonnets of South Africa

By Crouch, Edward Heath (compiler)

(London, A. C. Fifield, 1911). Crown 8vo; cloth-backed papered boards; pp. 116 + publisher's advertisement. Cover slightly rubbed, with light soiling. Very good condition. (SABIB I p. 653) "Nearly all the South African poets have, with varying success, experimented with that exquisite yet severe mode of poetic expression - the Sonnet. To them, as to others, its poetic charm has appealed, and, as I trust this volume will show, the appeal has not been in vain. The high seriousness, the sustained power, and the constructive ingenuity, all so necessary to the making of a sonnet, have been successfully maintained by them; and when one reflects upon the prescribed limit within which in measured language the writer has to deliver his message and consolidate his thought such success becomes additionally gratifying. The consciousness that this success is only realized when the material is presented in a collective form (and not disseminated through a number of volumes, some of which are out of print) has led me to make this selection of South African Sonnets, an unpretentious volume, and the first of its kind in our young nationality." .

$13.23

The Trek: a Poem

By Slater, Francis Carey

(London: Macmillan, 1938). Crown octavo, original brown cloth, scuffed, pp. viii + 156. Some scattered foxing, small pen-mark on last page of text, few corners curled. Epic poem of the Great Trek. Good. .

$10.59

Selected poems

By Butler, Guy

(Johannesburg, Ad. Donker, 1975). Small octavo, laminated dustwrapper, pp. (vii) + 103 + (1). .

$15.88

My Boer Host. A Night Adventure in the Karoo, and other Songs of South Africa

By Hall, A. Vine

(London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co./Cape Town: T. Maskew Miller, 1900). Original cloth-backed paper over boards, decorative gilt; edges of boards a little worn, pp. ix + (i) + 108; tissue-guarded frontis. detached but present; a little foxing to endpapers. Some gatherings unopened. Fair to good condition. .

$10.59

Sometimes, suddenly; edited by Jack Cope

By Bryer, Sally

(Cape Town, David Philip, Mantis Editions of Southern African Poets 2, 1973). Wraps, pp. vi + 25. 'Sally Bryer, one of the most gifted of the younger South African poets, is here represented by a selection of 25 poems written over the past six years. Pure lyrical writer as she is, much of this first book by her consists of love poetry, in a voice that is distinctly her own, original and daringly imaginative. Other poems show the breadth of her vision and an exceptional command of poetic diction, stamping her as an artist of real significance. .

$3.31

Threshold

By Fugard, Sheila

(Johannesburg, Ad. Donker, 1975). Wraps, lightly rubbed, pp. 60. Scarce first poetry collection by the wife of playwright, Athol Fugard. .

$6.62

Songs of a year

By Cole, Maude Wynne

(Cape, circa 1929, circa 1930, circa 1931, circa 1933). Wraps, four slim pamphlets, each with one colour illustration laid down. Wraps worn, a few tears, some foxing. Sold as a collection. Cover title: A South African greeting. Most of these verses by Lily Maud Wynne Cole were reprinted from their first appearance in the periodical press. Each of the pamphlets has a presentation inscription from the poet. .

$10.59

The captive bushman; and other poems

By Barron, Thomas Wailes

(Ilfracombe, Arthur H. Stockwell, no date, possibly circa 1959). Dustwrapper, part lightly sunned, original blue cloth, very lightly scuffed on the edges, pp. 72. Inscribed by the author. Endpapers a little foxed. .

$6.62

The rising tide: selected poems

By Goldblatt, Leslie

(Cape Town, Stewart, no date, circa 1946). Original paper over boards, lightly rubbed and lightly soiled, pp. 61. Gift inscription dated 24-2-46 on the front pastedown endpaper, text lightly browned. .

$11.91

Aus der alten schönen Zeit: mit Bildern nach Zeichnungen von Ludwig Rchter; Erste Sammlung

By Richter, Ludwig

(München, Verlag Hermann A. Wiechmann, 1922). Original cloth-backed printed paper over boards, pp. 96, numerous illustrations after engravings. Text edges a little foxed, text slightly browned. .

$9.26

The spoilers

By Kett, George

(Cape Town, S.A. 'Electric' Printing and Publishing Company, 1901). SABIB, third entry under this title. Original cloth unevenly sunned, pp. (vii) + 91, portrait. Binding slightly slack, light foxing, light water-stain in the tail margin. Inscribed on the front pastedown by the poet. Kett emigrated to South Africa in 1882 to join the teaching staff at St. Andrew's College in Grahamstown. The earliest known collections of his verse are Battle songs for British soldiers and The risen Christ: a vision of the great forty days and other poems, which (like most of his volumes) were privately printed for him in Cape Town in 1899. His epic, The spoilers, an allegorical representation of the influence of the World, the Flesh, and the Devil on man's soul, drew lavish praise from such local papers as Grocott's Penny Mail, South African Review, The Cape Argus, and Cape Times, and had an initial printing of 1 000 copies in 1900. This was followed by The millenium vision (c. 1902). With The divine tragedy (1905), Kett produced a verse drama about the Last Supper and Crucifixion. Lyrics of Empire (1908) followed and then came The poetical works of George Kett published in London in 1911. On 3.11.1921 he delivered a public lecture in the Hall of the British Medical Association, Cape Town, at which he claimed to have discovered the basic principle underlying all poetical composition. His thesis, probably the first example of indigenous poetic theory in South Africa, remains a literary curiosity. Kett was a great self-advertiser and made no lasting contribution to the development of South African poetry. (Dictionary of South African biography, Volume V, pp. 406 - 7) . .

$6.62

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