The linen-grained red card covers, printed in black front and back, have begun curling at the edges but are nevertheless in a more than presentable condition. Apart from an ownership stamp, the contents are unmarked and unfoxed, but sunned towards the page edges.
Mr Stoker [who was also the author of the country's Official Yearbook 30 for 1960] comments in his preface that this publication "presents a statistical resume of the Union's growth and development over the past half-century. It fulfills a long-felt need for a readily available summary of statistical information contained in one volume, and the Union Festival, 1960, was considered to be the appropriate occasion to issue a publication of this nature".
After thanking the many departments concerned, Stoker unusually, and graciously, thanks the Government Printer "for his highly esteemed and positive co-operation".
This publication's value was unexpectedly enhanced by the fact that it effectively covers the whole life of the "Union of South Africa", as the next year, 1961, ushered in three dramatic changes within a very short period - the transition to a republican constitution, the decimalisation of the currency and the metrication of weights and measures.
- Jacket Condition: (Limp covers)
- Binding Condition: Good+
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 275 x 215