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George Wood Bancroft


Being a Practical Guide for the use of Gold Diggers and Finders

Published: Adams & Co. and Juta, Durban and Cape Town, nd (1868)

Edition: 1st.

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Exceedingly rare 60pp. softcover booklet published in 1868, 16 years before the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand and conceivably the first ever South African publication on Gold. Not in BLC (British Library Catalogue) or Mendelssohn. SABIB Vol.1 Page 123,  locates only 1 copy  (in the South African Library) and the NUC (National Union Catalogue, Library of Congress) locates only 1 copy (at Harvard). 

The 4pp. Preface begins: "That Gold does exist pretty extensively in or about Moselikatse's country we have little reason to doubt, and we anticipate that in a short time this belief will be entertained also by those who are at present incredulous." The editor then goes on to discuss his reasons for making this statement. The bulk of the book concerns prospecting and digging techniques. There is a 22pp. appendix "A Short Account of the Discovery of Gold in California, Australia and Canada". 

Bearing in mind the age and fragility of this booklet, it is in remarkably good condition. The front wrapper is slightly spotted. There is some splitting at the spine and slight fraying of the uncut edges. There is a small sticker (? private library) and a signature on the inside of the front wrapper. Otherwise the book is internally very clean and complete.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: About Very Good
  • Size: 12mo.
  • Sold By: Ronald Levine - Modern First Editions
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