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Roy Campbell, William Plomer, Laurens Van der Post and Others


Published: A.C. Braby, Durban, 1926 - 1927

Edition: 1st.'s

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This lot comprises Vol. 1, No. 2 (July 1926) to Vol. 1, No. 11 (May-July 1927) of this hugely important South African Literary Magazine founded by Roy Campbell, William Plomer and Laurens Van der Post - all in the infancy of their literary careers. Campbell edited the first 3 issues and then resigned  due to interference from his proprietor, Lewis Reynolds who discouraged Voorslag's criticism of the colonial system. Most of the contributions in the first issues were by Campbell, Van der Post and Plomer, in many cases using pseudonyms. 

This set of 10 issues, missing only Vol.1, No. 1, is extremely scarce as a set and seldom offered thus for sale. The later issues are particularly unusual. I am unable to ascertain whether there were any further issues after No. 11, but the periodical was definitely discontinued in 1927. One reference says it only ran for 8 issues, but this set disproves that statement. Apart from the above three authors, the issues also contain contributions by Pauline Smith, Sarah Gertrude Millin and J.H. Pierneef (two woodcuts), amongst others. 

The set is in very good complete condition in the original wraps. The oversized wraps have some inevitable mild edge fraying and a few issues have some mild spotting or browing. The issues are all unmarked, tight and clean. 

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 8vo.
  • Sold By: Ronald Levine - Modern First Editions
  • Contact Person: Ronald Levine
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 27 11 728-2044
  • Preferred Payment Methods: EFT for S.African customers and PayPal or Bank Transfer for overseas clients. I regret that I no longer accept Credit Cards..
  • Trade Associations: SABDA

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