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23 Jan 2020 16:30 GMT

General J. C. Smuts

THE CHOICE BEFORE THE COUNTRY - DIE VOLK MOET KIES. SIGNED COPY.

Published: Wallachs for The Head Office of the S.A. Party, Pretoria, 1924

Edition: 1st.

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Exceedingly scarce 64pp. stapled pamphlet/booklet, being the speech delivered by Smuts at Pretoria West on 24th. April 1924, "regarded as the South African Party Manifesto for the General Election of 1926" as stated by Louis Esselen, General Secretary of the South African Party, on Page 30 of the pamphlet. 8vo. 30pp. in English and  32pp. in Afrikaans at the rear, inverted and separately paginated. (see images). From the library of J. Bennett with his rubber stamp on the front wrapper and on one internal page, and inscribed by him "Return to J. Bennett, Esselen Park" in ink. In addition to the printed signature of Smuts on both covers, Smuts has signed the front (English) cover in blue ink. Also signed by Louis Esselen in black ink under his statement and printed signature on Page 30. Bennett has referred to these signatures in an annotation in red ink at the bottom of the front wrapper. SABIB Vol. 4, Page 243, only 5 copies noted. 

Condition - The pamphlet is printed on light brown paper of poor quality and is quite brittle. The lower half of the cover is split at the spine. The 30pp. English section is in nice condition and remarkably there is no edge chipping. There is a closed tear about 10cm. long at the bottom of the rear (Afrikaans) cover and extending to the adjacent several pages. These tears have been repaired with transparent archival tape (Filmoplast P). 

Altogether an acceptable copy of this rarity and particularly so signed. 

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo.
  • Sold By: Ronald Levine - Modern First Editions
  • Contact Person: Ronald Levine
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: rlevine@icon.co.za
  • Telephone: 27 11 728-2044
  • Preferred Payment Methods: EFT for S.African customers and PayPal or Bank Transfer for overseas clients. I regret that I no longer accept Credit Cards..
  • Trade Associations: SABDA


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