Facsimile Reprint 1975 to 1977, Africana Book Society, Johannesburg. Uniformly octavo (220 x 140 mm) in full brown and green leather in green cloth slipcases; gilt titles to spine; top edges gilt; each numbered 4 of edition limited to 101 copies.
Volume 1: Sandeman, E.F: Eight Months In An Ox-Waggon: Reminisces of Boer Life
xix, 402 p.: 18 ill., col. frontis., port., folding map, 1975. Originally published by Griffith & Farran in 1880. Sandeman arrived in South Africa in March 1878. He travelled to the Reef and to the Transvaal Lowveld. His account of the countryside, game and people (both Briton & Boer) he encountered are well drawn and illuminate the tensions present before the first South African and Anglo-Zulu wars.
Volume 2: Lucas, T.J: Camp Life and Sport In South Africa: experiences of Kaffir warfare with the Cape Mounted Rifles
xiii, 258p.: col. Ill. Ports, 1975. First published in 1878. An account of a soldier's experiences in the Eighth (1850-1853) Frontier War.
Volume 3: Lord, W.B. & Baines, Thomas: Shifts and Expedients Of Camp Life, Travel And Exploration
xvi, 734pp. ill., 1975. This book first appeared in parts between 1868 and 1871 and was published in book form in 1871 by H. Cox, London (though the first edition is erroneously quoted as 1876).This is a wonderful DIY book for the nineteenth century explorer and adventurer, containing the combined wisdom of the authors. Baines and Lord had between them adventured in Africa, Australia, the Crimea and India and offer this book to others who might follow and benefit from the advice of 'two roving Englishmen who have roughed it.' Topics covered range from the correct attire and the relative benefits of shoes, boots and sandals, through how to deal with your camel, poisoned arrows and how best to sketch and draw whilst travelling. A delight to delve into and packed with sketches and illustrations showing 'the best way to...' The naturalist David Attenborough chose this for his desert island book; it seems a wise choice.
Volumes 4 & 5: Holub, Emil: Seven Years In South Africa: Travels, Researches And Hunting Adventures Between The Diamond-Fields And The Zambesi, 1872-79 Volumes 1 & 2:
xxiii, 426pp and xi, 479pp.; ill., ports., col. Folding map in Vol 1, 1975-1976. Translated by Ellen E. Frewer. First published in 1881. Emil Holub (1847 – 1902) was a Czech physician, explorer, cartographer, and ethnographer in Africa. In a 2005 poll, he was voted #90 of the 100 greatest Czechs. Inspired to visit Africa by the diaries of David Livingstone, Holub travelled to Cape Town, South Africa shortly after graduation and eventually settled near Kimberley to practice medicine. After eight months, Holub set out in a convoy of local hunters on a two-month experimental expedition, or "scientific safari", where he began to assemble a large natural history collection. In 1873 he set out on his second scientific safari, devoting his attention to the collection of ethnographic material. On his third expedition in 1875, he ventured all the way to the Zambesi river and made the first detailed map of the region surrounding Victoria Falls. He also wrote and published the first book account of the Victoria Falls published in English in Grahamstown in 1879.
Volume 6: Norris-Newman, C.L: With the Boers In The Transvaal And Orange Free State In 1880-1
xvii, 387, vii pp.: ill., ports., (1 col. as frontis with tissue guard), folding maps, 1976. Norris-Newman gave up a career in the army to become a reporter and covered the Zulu War for The Standard. He was still in Southern Africa when the First Boer War broke out, and provided this account (first published in 1884) from “the other side” of the only war Queen Victoria lost in her 64 year reign.
Volume 7: Cohen, Louis: Reminiscences of Johannesburg and London
xvii, 316 pp., (18) pp of plates: ill., col. Frontis with tissue guard, ports., plans, folding map, 1976. Cohen was a journalist, stockbroker and sportsman in the heyday of the Reef. Louis Cohen's Reminiscences of Johannesburg and London is an entertainingly caustic commentary of the South African Rand and its personalities during the robust early years. It is a facsimile reproduction of the 1924 edition. New material added includes a full colour frontispiece and eighteen pages of illustrations.
Volume 8: Kestell, J.D: Through Shot and Flame
xix, 347, x pp., ill., ports. (one as frontis with tissue guard), 1976. Originally published in Afrikaans under the title Met de Boerencommandos, this is a reprint of the 1903 translation. Kestell was the son of an 1820 Settler father and Afrikaner mother. He was admitted into the Dutch Reformed Church ministry in 1881. At the outbreak of the war he served as a chaplain to the Harrismith Commando, and became an advisor to President Steyn and General de Wet. He was later involved in the peace negotiations.
Volume 9: Matthews, J.W: Incwadi Yami or Twenty Years Personal Experience In South Africa.
542, xv pp.,ill., ports. (1 as frontis with tissue guard), 1976. Reprint of the 1887 edition. Matthews came to South Africa as a surgeon, but was attracted to the diamond fields. “The author was for many years closely identified with every social and political movement on the Fields, and his description of the diamond fields, and his references to the ’illicit Diamond Trade; are particularly interesting.” Mendelssohn vol 1, p.997.
Volume 10: Schreiner, Olive: Thoughts on South Africa
(Forward by S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner, new Forward by Richard Rive) xxii, 398 pp., 18 p. of plates; ill., col. Frontis. With tissue guard, ports., 1976. Facsimile reprint of the 1923 edition. The depth of understanding and perception Schreiner exhibited ensures that this collection of eight essays remains valuable. She examines the English, the Boers, the problems of slavery, the South African nation, and South Africa’s diverse peoples and its problems.
Volume 11: Haldane, Aylmer: How We Escaped From Pretoria
New Forward by James Ambrose Brown and Index. xiv, 231 pp., ill., col. Frontis. with tissue guard, ports., plans folding map, 1977. Facsimile reprint of the 1901 edition. Captain Haldane was captured by the Boers at the same time as Winston Churchill. Churchill escaped, but Haldane and another were spotted by the sentries and dared not make the planned attempt. They hid within the prison for a time and finally managed to escape when the other prisoners were moved and the building deserted. They made their way to safety on board a truck attached to a train bound for Delagoa Bay. See Mendelssohn vol. 1 pp 669 -670.
Volume 12: Hodson, Arnold W: Trekking The Great Thirst: Travel and Sport in the Kalahari Desert
Edited by A.E. Nellen with introductory note by Sir Ralph Williams; Forward by F.C. Selous. 1977. Xvi, 359 pp., 48 pp of plates; col. Frontis. with tissue guard, ports., 4 col. folding maps. Reprint of the 1912 edition which was based on popular articles written for newspaper and magazines. Hodson served as an inspector with the Bechuanaland Protectorate (in the area covered by modern-day Botswana.). In his accounts of his journeying he refers only cursorily to his official tasks, the main interest of his writings being his hunting adventures.
Condition: Very Good – mostly unread.
- Jacket Condition: Slip Cases Very Good
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 220 x 140 mm