- Dr C Louis Leipoldt, one of South Africa's most famous writers in Afrikaans, also wrote in English (including this book, which must rank as one of this country's most valuable education monographs of the early twentieth century, and books on wine and food)
- A feature of the first edition is that the author's name on the dustjacket is printed "Louis C Leipoldt" both on the front and the spine (see image)
- In his introduction Leipoldt writes that three-and-a-half years before Union in 1910 he was appointed Medical Inspector of Schools for the Transvaal, one of the country's then four provinces; he says that he had always thought that public health, education and communications (roads) - "all three the main civilizing factors in any community" - were the primary functions of a central government, but "in the enthusiasm and almost nervous haste with which the terms of Union were arranged . . . these functions were assigned to the Provincial Administrations"
Cream dustjacket with black lettering and green publisher's logo, red cloth-boards with gilt lettering to the spine, plain endpapers, publisher's logo to the title-page, 350 pp of unillustrated and unindexed text - although the last of the 30 chapters is titled "Afterthoughts"
- Very good overall; dustjacket spine lightly sunned and the spine edge-chipped top and bottom (see image), binding tight and square; upper board very lightly rubbed, free endpapers lightly sunned, contents complete and unmarked except for some occasional light foxing to the text
- Jacket Condition: Good
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 2205 x 145; 0.6 kg
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