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SA Auction #83 begins on 18 Jun 2020

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Williams, Gardner F.

The Diamond Mines of South Africa (Two Volume Set) Presentation Copy

Published: B. F. Buck & Company, New York, 1905

Edition: A later revised and enlarged edition

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Presented to G.A. Chambers by Alpheus Williams who succeeded his father, the author, as General Manager of De Beers. See image of the presentation dated 1917. Included are gilt decorated strips of synthetic leather that a previous owner intend to use as the spines when the books were to be re-bound. Two volume set bound in the original blue buckram with gilt titling and decorations on the spines. Volume 1 has xvii prelims, 359 pages, profusely illustrated in black and white, plus 13 maps and charts, 17 photogravure plates. Volume 2 has xv prelims, 353 pages, profusely illustrated in black and white, plus 11 full page photogravure plates of which the frontis is in full colour, 2 maps including the folding coloured map at the rear. CONDITION DETAILS: The folding map at the rear of volume 2 has some spotting/foxing and edge ceases. The bindings are worn and faded with some scarring/white marks, but they are still strong and tight. Signs of use internally, but still reasonably clean.
  • Binding Condition: Some wear and fading
  • Overall Condition: A reasonably good set
  • Size: 252mm x 168mm
  • Sold By: Gandolph's Books
  • Contact Person: Arnaud Labuschagne
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: gandolph@telkomsa.net
  • Telephone: +27 11-624-1752
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