Antiquarian Auctions

Auction #79 ends in

Davy (Joseph Burtt)

A MANUAL OF THE FLOWERING PLANTS AND FERNS OF THE TRANSVAAL, WITH SWAZILAND, SOUTH AFRICA - 2 Volumes

Two unique volumes from the library of JAN SMUTS, extensively annotated in his own hand throughout both volumes.

Published: Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1926

Edition: First Edition

Lot closed

Sold for: $473

Bids: 2

Visits: 39

There is no buyer's premium

Have a similar item to sell? Contact Us with the details.

How it works

Register

269 pages complete. The books show much evidence of repeated happy use. The spines too were repaired by Smuts and the titles written in his hand. Both books have near pristine ex-libris plates for 'Jan Christiaan Smuts' on the inside front covers.

Part I: "Pteridophyta to Bombacaceae". The covers are much worn, stained, marked all about. At some stage they were exposed to rain and the covers have bubbling and creasing.  The contents are worn; the guttering along the final pages is cracked - but the security of the book is unaffected. Nonetheless, the pages are clean and clear, complimented by Smuts' thrillingly evocative annotations.

Part II (published 1932), illustrated by Mrs Burtt Davy, Miss M Smith and W E Trevithick, "Malvaceae to Umbelliferae (completing the Archichyamydeae)". Again the contents are much worn from repeated, avid use. The boards are worn, scuffed, marked all about from use, handling, exposure to the elements. The contents have user wear throughout.

Here then is a rare chance to own two books that were clearly cherished, repeatedly used, carried about and much loved by Smuts!

  • Overall Condition: Fair
  • Sold By: Booktown Africana
  • Contact Person: Chris Shelton
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: booktownafricana@gmail.com
  • Telephone: 0679155808
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Internet banking transfer (EFT), PAYPAL. Regret no Credit Card facility.
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved


Similar lots in the current auction View all

Click on an item to view more details and to bid.

There is no buyer's premium charged on AntiquarianAuctions.com

© 2019 Paul Mills trading as AntiquarianAuctions.com. All rights reserved. Use of this website is regulated by our website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.