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Ruth Gordon

The Place of the Elephant - A History of Pietermaritzburg (Signed)

Published: Shuter & Shooter, Pietermaritzburg, 1981

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Ruth Gordon has for some time been acknowledged as one of our leading local historians, whose deep love and concern for Pietermaritzburg and its past have invariably been channeled into action. Her latest venture is this highly informative and readable account of Maritzburg's history- from the early days of Piet Retief and his fellow-trekkers in 1837 to the present.

History, to Dr Gordon, means people rather than mere events, so her pages are vitalised by characters and personalities--and not just Lieutentant Governors and their elegant ladies. You'll encounter the Empress Eugenie, of course, together with Shepstone, Colenso and Baynes; but you'll meet a jost of other citizens too. who , made- and left-their marks; 'Cockney' James: Dan Scott who built the theatre: the Froomberg family who ran the Carlton bar: the sadistic Canon Nisbett who threatened the already precarious state of education in 1865(and was worthy to have been the target of Dickensian ridicule and wrath).

This book is published in association with the Simon van der Stel Foundation.

Hardback with dustcover over dark brown rexine boards-illustrated endpapers, with 143 pages text with supporting photograhs/illustrations. Very clean copy. Author signed to title page.

  • Jacket Condition: Very Good
  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 25 X 18.5cm
  • Sold By: Quathlamba Winds Books
  • Contact Person: Ian & Yvonne Halford
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 01743 361772
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Paypal-Cheques-Direct Transfer to UK Bank.
  • Trade Associations: SABDA


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