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Green, Lawrence G.


The story of the diamonds of South Africa and the men who sought and found and stole diamonds in strange places

Published: London, 1967

Edition: First

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Hardcover Octavo bound in blue papered boards, and with gilt lettering on the spine. It has 206 pages and 12 pages of plates.  The dust jacket is in very good condition and has not been price clipped. Previous ownership in front. 206 pages, [12] pages of plates: illustrations, portraits, maps.

Subsequently published in South Africa as “Coast of Treasure”.  Diamonds are an industry, but they are also a source of human fascination, the inspirers of dreams-and crimes. Lawrence Green was brought up in the heart of South Africa’s diamond belt, and has heard at first hand the dramatic stories of the most famous and notorious characters in the diamond world. Here are prospectors, the thieves and the men who made millions. Here is the story of Old Kimberley, diamond capital of the world, and it’s “Big Hole”; the first discovery of diamonds in South Africa; the mystery of the lost half of the Cullinan diamond; the diamonds of the Kalahari Desert and the search for the so-called lost city; the Diamond road, north from Cape Town; and the almost unbelievable story of the forbidden territory called the “Coast of Diamonds”, where only the hard physical conditions prevent the adventurer from helping himself. This book is a brilliant panorama of adventure in strange places.

  • Jacket Condition: Very good
  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 222 x 140 mm
  • Sold By: Mantis Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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