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SA Auction #99 begins on 02 Jun 2022

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Preller, Gustav S

Lobengula. The Tragedy of a Matabele King

Published: Afrikanse Pers-Boekhandel, Johannesburg, 1963

Edition: First

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  • From the front flap: "In many respects this book has had a remarkable history. [To the publisher's] knowledge, this is the only English work written by Gustav Preller, the pioneer Afrikaans historian and journalist"
  • Correspondence found with the manuscript indicated that Preller had submitted it to an English-language publisher soon after it was written in 1937; when its report was discouraging, the author asked the opinion of a certain Rev Patterson, who said "there is nothing I wish to alter"
  • Preller fell ill shortly afterwards and only thirty years later did the present publisher rediscover the manuscript

Hugo Coetzee's stark b/w portrait fills the front of the dustjacket; yellow-out-of-black lettering to the front, back and spine; yellow cloth-boards, with black lettering to the upper panel and spine; plain endpapers; viii/318 pp of prelims, including preface, unillustrated text, an appendix listing seven treaties and concessions, some in Dutch and some in English, and a bibliography


  • Jacket Condition: Good
  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Near Very Good
  • Size: 220 x 145; 0.5 kg
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), of or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
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