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Smuts, Jan Christiaan, 1870-1950


Published: 1919-1942

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The collection comprises the following:

1. Letters. Nine letters from Jan Smuts (1931-1942) and a signed Christmas card (1942) from the Greek Crown Prince Paul and Princess Frederica, addressed to Francis A. (Frank) Joubert, 1889-1942. Joubert was born in Jansenville and educated at Victoria College and Trinity College, Dublin. He served in World War I and was appointed Secretary of the South African Party in 1924. He was a Member of Parliament from 1933-1939 and was Administrator of the Cape at the time of his death. He was a close friend and confidant of both Jan & Issie Smuts. The letterheads are from the Library of Parliament, and the Prime Minister's Office. 

2. Photographs. Two separate images of Jan and Issie Smuts mounted on board, signed in facsimile below the photographs (1942). Accompanied by a telegramme relating to the photographs.

3. Speeches and Addresses. Nine items, published at different times and each individually bound in stiff paper wraps. All in good condition. Titles: The Syndicalist conspiracy in South Africa (30 pages); When we all get home (28 pages); Sidi Rezegh and its call (22 pages); East Africa (23 pages); The disarmed peace (26 pages); Address to the Jewish Community (18 pages); The British Commonwealth of Nations (11 pages); General Smuts' speech at Bloemfontein (30 pages); Generaal Botha en Generaal Smuts verzekeren aan Groot-Britannie den loyalen steun van de Zuid-Afrikaansche Unie ( 19 pages).

4. Two Louis Botha associated items, relating to his return from the Versailles Peace Treaty Conference. He sailed into Cape Town on 31 July 1919 on board Union Castle S.S "Llanstephan Castle". The first item is a sheet of the ship's notepaper bearing the signatures Louis and Annie Botha, Gertrude Hoy and Sir James Rose-Innes. The second item is a Menu from a luncheon held on 8 August 1919, in honour of Louis Botha and Jan Smuts, on their return to the Transvaal. Botha died a few weeks later.

5. Three items relating to the opening of South Africa House, London on 22 June 1933: Programme for the opening of South Africa House; illustrated by H.L.G. Pilkington (12 pages); Four pages from the South African Railways and Harbours Magazine, bearing images of the gold and platinum plates bearing the King's address and C.T. te Water's [High Commissioner in London] reply; Six pages (page 339-344) from The African World newspaper, reporting on the opening of South Africa House, with illustrations. Smuts was deputy Prime Minister at the time.  

  • Jacket Condition: Very good
  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: Various
  • Sold By: Select Books
  • Contact Person: David McLennan
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 021-4246955
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Credit card; EFT
  • Trade Associations: SABDA

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