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SA Auction #93 begins on 19 Aug 2021

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Bird, John (late of the Civil Service, Natal)

Annals of Natal. 1495 to 1845 (first edition, 2 vols)

Published: P Davis & Sons, Pietermaritzburg, 1888

Edition: First

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  • A thick (100 mm) and heavy (2.4 kg) set 

This is the original 1888 edition of the most important published historical reference source for Natal between 1495 (the Portuguese) and 1845

  • Vol 1. 1495-1842. 2 + xiv + 732 pp
  • Vol 2. 1842-1845. 2 + xv + 484 pp

The contents pages (labelled "index") provide a guide to the chronology and sources of Bird's material

  • Finely bound in the original maroon calf-boards with gilt decorations and gilt-on-black lettering to the spine, matching maroon cloth-board sides; and matching marbled endpapers

There is an ink dedication on the title-page of Vol 1 and a white water-stain to the lower half of the upper board of Vol 1 (see image)

  • A very good set overall - tightly bound, complete and otherwise unmarked and undiscoloured
  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 245 x 150 x 100; 2.4 kg
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
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