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The Purple and the Gold. The Story of Pretoria and Johannesburg

By Collier, Joy

(Cape Town: Longmans, 1965). 4to; original glazed pictorial papered boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. (vi) + 186, incl. index; liberally illustrated with Joy Collier's line drawings. Dustwrapper and boards partially sunned; endpapers have old tape marks; scattered foxing. Good condition. "In this new book - by the author of Portrait of Cape Town - Joy Collier tells the profoundly dramatic story of endeavour and achievement by the forerunners and founders of Pretoria and Johannesburg. The reader is given new insight into the lives of some of the leading figures in the drama that lies behind the founding and development of two of the greatest cities of modern Africa." .


Salvation City

By Nussey, Wilf

(Somerset West: Stephan Phillips, 2002) 0958424764. 208 x 140 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (xvi) + 198. Near-fine condition. "These are stories from a forgotten time in South Africa's past, the Forties, and a little-known part, the Lowveld. They are all rooted in truth and legend, though somewhat embellished by me. They do not make any statement, political or otherwise. They are simply a window into a magical past when people were uncluttered by philosophical baggage and worked for one purpose, to make a living, to enjoy life." Concerning the author, we read: "Wilf Nussey is a South African journalist who spent much of his youth in the Lowveld and most of his life reporting news from around the African continent. After retiring as a newspaper editor, he returned to the Lowveld to spin his yarns from this favourite corner of Africa." .


Fotobiografie: Paul Kruger 1825-1904
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Fotobiografie: Paul Kruger 1825-1904

By Changuion, Louis (compiler)

(Johannesburg: Perskor, 1973) 0628004257. 4to; original white pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (xiv) + 229; profusely illustrated. Dustwrapper somewhat rubbed and very slightly edgeworn. Very good condition. Afrikaans text. "Hierdie biografie bied vir die eerste maal 'n volledige versameling foto's oor Paul Kruger. Die samesteller, Louis Changuion, het skitterend daarin geslaag om elke foto beknop, maar insiggewend te beskryf. Die identifikasie van die foto's het probleme gelewer, maar is deur deeglike navorsing opgelos. In die proses is ook baie mistastinge oor Paul Kruger weerlê. Die chronologiese rangskikking van die foto's bied 'n unieke beeld van Kruger as mens en as staatsman. Die visuele aanbieding is 'n ware tour de force in ons volksverlede en in die geskiedenis van een van ons grootste volksmanne." .


Die Wordinggeskiedenis van die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek 1838-1860 [Archives Year Book for South African History, Fourth Year, Part II / Argief-jaarboek vir Suid-Afrikaanse Geskiedenis, Vierde Jaargang, Deel II]

By Wichmann, F. A. F.

(Pretoria: Ministry of the Interior, 1941). 276 x 178 mm; original printed wrappers; pp. xii + 255. Wrappers somewhat worn and soiled; contents penned on backstrip; faint hand-stamp of earlier owner (H. J. M. Guest of Klerksdorp) to upper cover; top fore-corner of upper cover an initial leaves a bit gnawed; some foxing; trace of damp-stain to margins of upper cover. Fair. Afrikaans text. Thorough study of all aspects of the Transvaal Republic's formative years. .


De Eerste Annexatie van de Transvaal

By Leyds, W. J.

(Amsterdam: Allert de Lange, 1906). Demy 8vo; original green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; pp. xxi + (iii) + 443, incl. index; large, folding chart, and large, folding map; folding facscimile. Extremities of cloth a bit rubbed; earlier owner's name signed on front pastedown, and his ink stamp to half-title; numerous informed marginal annotations in a neat hand, and some underlining; scattered, light foxing. Good to very good condition. Dutch text. (Mendelssohn I, p. 896 [Unwin English edition]) "De Eerste Annexatie van de Transvaal, which was also published in English and German, appeared in 1906. ... His De eerste annexatie van de Transvaal and Het insluiten van de Boeren-republieken are brilliant works which, although they present matters from one side only, cannot easily be refuted." - DSAB III, p. 519 .


De Eerste Annexatie van de Transvaal

By Leyds, W. J.

(Amsterdam: Allert de Lange, 1906). Demy 8vo; original green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; pp. xxi + (iii) + 443, incl. index; large, folding chart, and large, folding map; folding facscimile. Cloth rather worn; joints starting; corners bumped; front pastedown and free endpaper adhering; earlier owner's name signed verso of front free endpaper and to rear pastedown; initials penned on fore- and top edges; scattered, light foxing. Fair to good condition. Dutch text. (Mendelssohn I, p. 896 [Unwin English edition]) "De Eerste Annexatie van de Transvaal, which was also published in English and German, appeared in 1906. ... His De eerste annexatie van de Transvaal and Het insluiten van de Boeren-republieken are brilliant works which, although they present matters from one side only, cannot easily be refuted." - DSAB III, p. 519 .


Klerksdorp. Groeiende Reus 1837-1987

By Marx, Roelf (editor)

(Klerksdorp: Klerksdorp Municipality, 1987). 4to; laminated pictorial boards; pictorial endpapers; pp. 140; numerous illustrations, historical and modern, including some in full colour. Sunned to spine, and slightly to upper board; trace of foxing to endpapers. Very good condition. Afrikaans text. "Die doel van hierdie publikasie is nie om as 'n omvattende wetenskaplike handleiding oor alle aspekte van Klerksdorp se geskiedenis, ekonomie en samelewing to te dien nie, maar om aan die leser 'n breë oorsig oor die verlede en hede te gee, en die bestaande leemte in 'n mate te vul." .


Het Insluiten van de Boeren-Republieken. Een vervolg op De Eerste Annexatie van de Transvaal. In Twee Deelen

By Leyds, W. J.

(Amsterdam: Allert de Lange, 1914 [1919]). Two demy 8vo volumes; original green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and upper board in each case; pp. xxvi + (ii) + 386, xi + (i) + 434, incl. index; folding chart and two large, folding maps at end of first volume; 'Naschrift van November 1919' loosely inserted to second volume. Extremities a little rubbed; ownership inscription to front pastedown in each case; scattered, moderate foxing. Very good condition. Dutch text. (SABIB 3, p. 112) "He completed the manuscript of Het insluiten van de Boeren-republieken in 1914 but owing to the war this work was only published in 1919. It was also brought out in English and described the history of the relations between the Transvaal Republic and Britain up to 1895. ... His De eerste annexatie van de Transvaal and Het insluiten van de Boeren-republieken are brilliant works which, although they present matters from one side only, cannot easily be refuted." - DSAB III, p. 519 .


From Boy to Boardroom. An Autobiography

By Altmann, Hendrik

(Mbabane: High Commission Printing and Publishing Company Limited, 1963). 8vo; original red cloth,lettered in black on upper cover; pp. (iv) + 48; some plates, incl. folding; folding chart in end-pocket. Spine lettered in pen, and snagged at head; free endpapers have been removed. Good. Author was born in Nieuwendam, near Amsterdam, Holland, in 1875, and came to South Africa as a young man. His family were related to the South African Rissik family. He was engaged by the Transvaal state railway company for a while to do draughting work. There follow recollections of life in the Z.A.R. shortly before the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. .


Prinsloo of Prinsloosdorp. A Tale of Transvaal Officialdom.

By Blackburn, Douglas

(London: Alston Rivers, 1908, first edition). Being Incidents in the Life of a Transvaal Official, as told by his son-in-law Sarel Erasmus, Late Public Prosecutor of Prinsloosdorp, Market-master of Kaalkop, Small-pox tax collector of Schoonspruit, etc., etc. 8vo; limp pictorial boards; pp. xxii + 134. Spine cocked; wrappers foxed and edgeworn; frayed at spine extremities; scattered foxing. Fair condition. "The book takes the form of a biography of Piet Prinsloo, a voortrekker from Cape Colony, who goes through the mill of Transvaal officialdom from Field Cornet to Mining Commissioner, is the fortunate vendor of a gold farm and the founder of the dorp that bears his name. The author, who knows the dorp, Pretoria, and the Rand equally well, gives us a delightfully vivid and humorous picture of the ways that are dark and the tricks that are not always vain of slim Piet and his congeners, and, altogether, has produced the truest and best Transvaal sketch we have yet seen." - contemporary newspaper review; quoted in Author's Note. .


Taken at the Flood. The Story of Harry Struben

By Struben, Roy

(Johannesburg: Longmans, 1968). 8vo; original pale pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. (x) + 260; plates. Dustwrapper very slightly edgeworn, with earlier owner's tape repair to reverse of spine at head; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "He believed firmly that the territory which he travelled contained mineral wealth of incalculable value. He was among the early diamond seekers in Kimberley, and also located deposits of copper and iron near Pretoria. With the assistance of his younger brother, Fred Struben, he found the Confidence gold reef, and subsequent geological evaluation and prospecting by the two brothers resulted in the discovery of the vast goldfields which have contributed so enormously to the healthy well-being of modern industrial South Africa." .


Daughter of Yesterday. A Pioneer Child Looks Back at Early Johannesburg

By Ralls, Alice M., and Ruth E. Gordon

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1975) 0869781030. 8vo; original orange boards, lettered in white on spine; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. 69; contemporary photograph; line drawings. Dustwrapper a bit rubbed and edgeworn; a little foxing to endpapers and edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Very good condition. "Mrs Ralls, a 90 year old lady who remembers Paul Kruger and Jameson's arrival in Johannesburg, has written a book that captures the flavour and zest of early Johannesburg in the way that only a simple unadorned account can do. The book was originally printed privately for her family but it evoked so much praise that it has been decided to offer it to a wider market." .


Golden Days

By Zeederberg, Harry (author), and Abe Berry (illustrator)

(Johannesburg: Van Riebeeck Publishers, [ca 1972]). 253 x 203 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. (i) + 71; contemporary photographs; facsimiles; cartoon drawings; street plans. Cover a bit tanned and worn, with light insect scarring to lower cover; a little foxing. Good condition. Stories of early Johannesburg. .


Some Reminiscences

By Phillips, Lionel (author), and Maryna Fraser (editor)

(Craighall: Ad Donker, 1986) 0868520942. 8vo; original green boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 228, incl. index; black-and-white illustrations. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; faint price label mark to front free endpaper; trace of light foxing to edges and outermost leaves. Very good condition. "Phillips wrote Some Reminiscences in London in 1924 during his last few months as chairman of The Central Mining & Investment Corporation, Limited; he was in his seventieth year. His official letter of resignation dated 31 December 1924, terminated a long career and intimate association with the South African diamond and gold industry. He had resolved to retire eventually to the Cape when he purchased Vergelegen in 1917 and so early in 1925 he sailed to South Africa, exactly fifty years after he first went to the country. ... Some Reminiscences reveals a man who was a keen observer and a shrewd commentator, and covers a wide range of events of historical, political, and economic importance. It also affords interesting glimpses of Phillips's personal pursuits, such as archaeology and reading." .


Payable Gold. An Intimate Record of the History of the Discovery of the Payable Witwatersrand Goldfields and of Johannesburg in 1886 and 1887

By Gray, James

([Johannesburg]: Central News Agency, 1937). Subtitle continues: Based on Researches made in the State Archives, Pretoria by Ethel L. Gray and containing the Oosthuizen Papers which reveal the story of the discovery. 8vo; original light brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover, with band blocked in gilt around middle of boards and backstrip; pp. 286, incl. index; plates; some illustrations in text; folding table. Light wear to cloth; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; binding a little slack; sporadic moderate foxing. Good to very good condition. "Over one hundred thousand documents were examined and extracts made from approximately two thousand. The most important, which concern the discovery of the payable auriferous conglomerates of the Witwatersrand, and prove the time, place and the discoverers, have been reproduced from photographs of the originals, to substantiate the statements made." .


Die Eerste Europeane in die Nasionale Krugerwildtuin 1725 / The first Europeans in the Kruger National Park

By Punt, W. H. J.

(Pretoria: National Parks Board of Trustees, 1975) 0869530178. Signed by the author on the title page, with his gift inscription to his children to the half-title. 8vo; pictorial boards; pp. (x) + 101; parallel English and Afrikaans texts, illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps. Boards partially sunned, with coffee cup half-ring to upper board; small newspaper clipping relating to the author pasted to front free endpaper; some foxing. Good condition. The journal of Frans de Cuiper's expedition on behalf of the Dutch East India Company in search of Monomotapa's gold, with a reconstruction of the route followed. De Cuiper is reputed to have been the first European to have set foot in the area now occupied by the Kruger National Park. .


Ou Marico: 2. Transportry, Runderpes en Poskoetse

By Gronum, C. F.

(Potchefstroom: Pro Rege, 1975) 094998857X. Subtitle reads: Mededelinge oor die soet en suur, voorbereidings, ontberinge en teëspoede betrokke by die transportryery en posvervoer teen die einde van die vorige eeu. Versamel en verwerk deur prof. J. H. Coetzee in die Instituut vir Afrikanistiek van die Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys. 209 x 136 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. 140. Wrappers a bit rubbed; trace of crease to upper cover; a little foxing. Good to very good condition. Afrikaans text. The second in a series of oldtimers' accounts of life in the Marico district of the Transvaal, the focus in this volume being on transport within this remote region during the final quarter of the 19th century. 'Vir besonderhede oor die skrywer en oor die aanloop tot hierdie publikasie word die leser verwys na die eerste nommer in die reeks t.w. "Boere en Jagters in Ou Marico" (Pro Rege, Potchefstroom, 1974) deur dieselfde skrywer. Wat nou in hierdie nommer volg, is die herinneringe van volwassenes en bejaardes in die Marico-omgewing wat deur Komdt. Gronum in sy jeugjare versamel is tesame met enkele van sy eie ervaringe. Die sentrale onderwerp is die vervoerwese van die laaste kwaart van die vorige eeu. Hierin neem die transportryery met ossewaens en later met muil- en perdekoetse, 'n oorwegende plek in.' .


Young Pretoria 1889-1913

By Dunston, Lola, in collaboration with Tom Dunston

(Pretoria: the author, 1975). Oblong 4to; original red rexine, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. 331, incl. index; illustrated with the primary author's sketches, and contemporary photographs, facsimiles and artwork; street plan. Dustwrapper somewhat soiled, rubbed and edgeworn, with some loss to bottom edge of upper panel; very light wear to extremities; earlier owner's bookplate to front free endpaper; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. 'Conservation can be achieved by restoration, proclamation, and documentation. In the latter class Dr and Mrs T. Dunston have done excellent work in producing a historical record of our town in the form of the pictorial representation of firms in central Pretoria (1889-1913) with notes on the history of the building and site. This original approach in conservation is something new in our city and again gives "life" to Pretoria's past. To old Pretorians the names of the businesses, firms, hotels, their owners, pioneer and commercial activities will bring back pleasant memories and enable readers to while away an hour or so in the days that our city was a South African town, and not the imitation of an American skyscraper complex.' .


The Tycoon & the President. The Life and Times of Alois Hugo Nellmapius 1847-1893

By Kaye, Helga

(Johannesburg, Macmillan, 1978) 0869540734. 8vo; original brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 120, incl. index; plates. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to head and tail of lightly sunned spine panel; a little foxing to endpapers and edges. Very good condition. "Within the short space of twenty years, Nellmapius was to win and lose several fortunes, to become friend and confidant of Paul Kruger and to experience the bitterness of an ignominious prison sentence on a charge of embezzlement. The drama of this court case, which led to the involvement of President Paul Kruger in a clash between the Executive and the Judiciary, is still quoted in legal circles. Oom Paul's intercession was a public acknowledgement of the friendship and trust that had been built up over the years between these two men. This account of the career and final personal tragedy of the Transvaal's first industrialist brings to life a remarkable figure in South African history." .


Wagon-tracks and Orchards. Early Days in Sandton

By Louw, Juliet Marais

(Johannesburg: Ad. Donker, 1976) 0949937223. 4to; original green boards, with black lettering to spine; pictorial dustwrapper (housed in removable protector); pp. 136; liberally illustrated with contemporary photographs. Dustwrapper a little browned, rubbed and edgeworn; earlier owner's bookplate to front free endpaper; school portrait photograph, with handwritten caption, mounted to flyleaf verso; trace of ripple to lower board. Good condition. "Sandton, the new municipality north of Johannesburg, is recognized as one of the most prosperous and most rapidly growing communities in South Africa. Little is known of Sandton's history and few people are aware that voortrekker settlers lived in the area in the first half of the nineteenth century. While Johannesburg was growing into a big mining town, a few isolated farmers, about ten kilometres to the north, formed the beginnings of a community. The author, Juliet Marais Louw, who lived in the area, describes the quaint and often amusing conditions which, until quite recently, prevailed in this now highly sophisticated neighbourhood. She writes from personal knowledge of the days when the link with civilization was the milk van, when shopping was in the nature of a social call, when the telephone exchange was happy to take messages for the lady next door. Over a hundred delightful old photographs, many taken during the 1890s by one of the original settlers, Max Weber, give the book a rare charm." .


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