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21 Nov 2019 16:30 GMT

Meintjes, Johannes

Portrait of a South African Village, by A. Lomax: Molteno 1894-1909

Portret van 'n Suid-Afrikaanse Dorp, deur A. Lomax: Molteno 1894-1909

Published: Bamboesberg-Uitgewers, Molteno, 1964

Edition: First

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Number 101 of an edition limited to 500 copies. 8vo; original salmon-coloured boards, lettered in gilt on spine, with publisher's gilt device to upper board; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xxiv + 127, incl. index; photographs. Introductory text and captions in English and Afrikaans. Dustwrapper ever so lightly rubbed, and a bit sunned on spine panel; very slight ripple to bottom edge of initial leaves. Very good condition. 

The pioneering photographs of Lomax present the full spectrum of society in an obscure South African town, including portraits of mixed-race families and people of colour.

"The photographs reproduced here have been selected from nearly 1,400 discovered in 1960. The collection is a most valuable historical record of South African life at the end of the last century and the beginning of this. The photographs, beautiful in themselves, are also important as a photographic achievement. As in the case of early artists who made paintings and drawings of our landscapes, buildings and people, we are also deeply indebted to the pioneer photographers who left a precious record of the past. There were many of them, in our cities and in towns throughout the country, but most of their work has been lost to us, or lies forgotten in drawers or in lofts where it is inaccessible to the general public. Here, however, we now have an opportunity to study the work of one man, a fascinating dip into the South African way of living of the past which will become of increasing value and importance. ... The album compiled here should be adequate to convey Lomax's ability as a photographer, to give a lively picture of the past and to enchant people of all ages."

  • Jacket Condition: Very good
  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Sold By: Christison Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Lindsay Christison
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: lindsay@christison.co.za
  • Telephone: 041 371 4844
  • Preferred Payment Methods: EFT, Paypal
  • Trade Associations: SABDA, IOBA


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