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Herman Charles Bosman


Published: Egon Guenther Press, Johannesburg, 1981

Edition: 1st. Thus

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No. 6 of 75 numbered copies, which together with 10 artist's proofs and 8 hors commerce copies, constitutes the entire edition of this sumptous book.

"The Rooinek" by Herman Charles Bosman first appeared in "The Touleier", Johannesburg, in January - February 1931, and is included in the collection "Mafeking Road", published in 1947. This private edition has 1 original woodcut in colour and 14 wonderful original wood engravings by Cecil Skotnes, each signed and numbered by the artist. All graphics are printed from the original blocks on Zerkall Buetten paper by Egon Guenther. The plates are protected by interleaving onion paper guards. The text is totally hand set in 24 point Bembo by Nicholas Pasoti and printed by Guenther. All edges uncut. Each copy in bound in quarter green Oasis goatskin and paper covered boards by craft bookbinder Peter Carstens. The paper over the boards was hand designed and hand rolled by Guenther. The book is enclosed in a leather trimmed slipcase covered in the same matching hand decorated paper.

Together with the "twin" matching volume, Olive Schreiner's "The Hunter", illustrated by Wendy Vincent, and also offered on this auction (also No. 6 of 75 copies) , considered (arguably) to be the finest examples of the Private Press/Artist's Book genre ever produced in South Africa. No. 207 in 'Catalogue of South African Artist's Books' Curated by David M. Paton and Jack M. Ginsberg in 1996. Egon Guenther was described by Jack Ginsberg as "one of the few letterpress typographers we have ever had in South Africa". 

Condition: The spine is lightly sunned and there are a couple of small light spot stains on the lower spine. (see images). Otherwise the book is in impeccable condition in the original slipcase. 

  • Binding Condition: Very Good Plus
  • Overall Condition: Very Good Plus
  • Size: 4to.
  • Sold By: Ronald Levine - Modern First Editions
  • Contact Person: Ronald Levine
  • Country: South Africa
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