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SA Auction #94 begins on 30 Sep 2021

US Auction #9 begins on 30 Oct 2021

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The General Directory and Guide-Book to the Cape of Good Hope and its Dependencies as well as the Transvaal, Natal, and the Free State 1881 . . .

Published: Saul Solomon, Cape Town, 1881

Edition: First

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. . . with Calendar and Gardening Directions

The \"Gardening Directions\" of the title are limited to 7 pp of \"farming and gardening operations\" for the months of the year. No matter, however. The book runs to x + 460 pp of advertisements, alphabetical contents list and text + lxv pp of alphabetical directory + 126 further pages of advertisements - the last of which are as fascinating as the text.

This copy is missing the cover and spine wraps but the book-block is complete except for missing top-halves of four leaves, making this really no more than a reading copy, although in this case the information is rather more important than the packaging. Even the book-block is interesting for the workmanship of the thread-sewn sections.

The state of the greater South Africa 130 years ago is indicated by the preface, here summarised: \". . . the publication of this year\'s Directory has been for some weeks delayed . . . For the same reason, the informaton given under several heads is neither so complete nor so thoroughly revised as the Compiler could have wished. Particularly will this be found to be the case with regard to the Transvaal and the native dependencies of this Colony, where the condition of the country has rendered it almost impossible to get what was required for the purposes of this volume . . .\"

 

  • Binding Condition: Poor
  • Overall Condition: Fair
  • Size: 180 x 125 x 40
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
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