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Charles Sydney Goldmann

GOLD & Other Companies of WITWATERSRAND (1892; 1st Edition)

Complete history of all Gold and other companies of Witwatersrand with all informations, production details, tables, statistics, facts, etc. With a multiple folding colored map (92 x 25,5 cm). Sought after title - this is the only one first edition copy selling on internet.

Published: London: Effingham Wilson and Co., South Africa: Argus Printing and Publishing Co., 1892

Edition: First Edition

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"The Financial, Statistical, and General History of the Gold & Other Companies of Witwatersrand, South Africa"; London: Effingham Wilson and Co., South Africa: Argus Printing and Publishing Co., 1892; First Edition; Red cloth hardcover; Quarto (25,5 x 17,5 cm); Note - On spine: "The Witwatersrand gold fields, South Africa"; Collation complete - Title page, [3], Index of all companies [i-xxv], Folding map, 271 pages, 1A-30A, 1B-69B; Binding is in Fair to Good condition - joints are cracked (inner hinges still keep tight and whole), wear to corners, wear and cloth loss to spine ends, some discoloration to edges of covers. The large foldout map is present and still whole but has separated along a fold crease (ex-owner's repairing with a white tape, unprofessional done but both parts present), altogether in fair to good condition. Text block/pages overall in very good condition, with yellowing and occasional foxing.

Major Charles Sydney Goldman (28 April 1868 – 7 April 1958) was a British businessman, author, and journalist who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1910 until 1918. There is a Memorial Stone of C.S. Goldman in the yard on the Murray United Church.

Born in Cape Colony, Goldman was an uitlander who spent much of his life in the Transvaal. Charles Sydney Goldman was perhaps one of the Province's most enigmatic historic figures. A German of Jewish ancestry, he left Germany for England, where he married the granddaughter of Sir Robert Peel. His next move was to South Africa, where he made a fortune in ostrich farming and gold mining. As a young man he built up a fortune in mining, using some of the profits to purchase an extensive estate known as Schoongezicht in the Middelburg District. During the Second Boer War, Goldman was a war correspondent for The Standard and was a major in the British forces, who assisted Winston Churchill as a war correspondent. Initially attached to Sir Redvers Buller's relief force, he travelled with them as far as Ladysmith after which he transferred to the cavalry advancing north in order to report on their endeavours. These experiences served as the foundation for Goldman's subsequent book With General French and the Cavalry in South Africa. He then moved to British Columbia, where he founded Nicola Stock Farm (now Nicola Ranch) in Merritt. He wrote a lengthy account of the Boer War, edited and translated several other historic works, as well as being a collector of Pre-Raphaelite art. One of his legacies still enjoyed by the public is Monck Provincial Park on the shore of Nicola Lake.

Goldmann was the author of another important title about South African mines; "South African Mines; Their Position, Results & Developments together with an account of Diamond, Land, Finance and Kindred Concerns" (1895-96).


  • Binding Condition: Fair
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 25,5 x 17 cm
  • Sold By: The Antiquarian Book
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  • Country: Romania
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