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Trotter (Alys Fane)


With a Chapter of the Origin of Old Cape Architecture by Herbert Baker, A.R.I.B.A.

Published: B.T.Batsford, London, 1900

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16 pages of letterpress and 34 plates, other plans and sketches in the text, original pictorial green cloth, neatly rebacked preserving the backstrip, top edge gilt, others uncut, foxing on the page edges and the half title page, corners bumped.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, Volume 2, page 527 : In referring to the " painful lack of the simple graces of the household in beautiful Cape Colony," the author observes that " the Cape possesses old colonial buildings which still testify to the artistic feeling of the Dutchmen two centuries back." The volume contains thirty-four full-page engravings of the best examples of old Dutch houses " within a radius of fifty miles from Cape Town," together with descriptive notes accompanied by illustrations in the text. Amongst the most famous of these structures are " Groot Constantia," " Vergelegen," the hall of the Castle at Cape Town, the " Oude Pastorie, Paarl," " La Dauphine, French Hoek," and " Bosch-en-Dal." There is also a view of " Groot Schuur."

Alys Fane Trotter was born in 1863 and died in 1961. She and her husband lived at the Cape between 1896 and 1898. She explored the Cape Peninsula and environs by bicycle. On these excursions she made accurate visual and written records of the exteriors and interiors of a variety of Cape buildings. Her drawings, writings and archival researches awakened in others an appreciation of Cape colonial architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the need for its preservation.' Foreword to the facsimile reprint, Art Link, Johannesburg, 1996.

  • Size: Folio (330 x 260 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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