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Auction #117 begins on 22 Aug 2024

Muller, Hendrik P. N.

Zuid-Afrika (1890)

Original (Dutch) first edition.

Published: A. W. Sijthoff, Leiden, 1890

Edition: First Edition

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This magnificent book about South Africa contains 33 photographs, large folding map (71 x 51 cm) of South Africa by Hedrik P. N. Muller and a small colour folding map of South Africa.

Chapters includes:

De Delagoa-Baai. – Natal. – De Transvaal. – De Diamantvelden. – De Oranje-Vrijstaat. – De Kaapkolonie.

Hendrik Pieter Nicolaas Muller (2 April 1859 – 11 August 1941) was a Dutch entrepreneur, diplomat, and publicist who started his career as a businessman, trading with East and West Africa. In his mid-twenties he travelled to Zanzibar, Mozambique, and South Africa for business purposes, but showed himself a keen ethnographer as well.

In 1896, he was first appointed consul and later consul general for the Orange Free State. Muller held this position all through the Second Boer War and his high-profile performance as European representative for this Boer republic won him considerable notoriety. After the Treaty of Vereeniging was signed in 1902, Muller retired to a life of travelling and writing for some years, making Muller a household name with his travel books. In 1919, the Dutch government appointed him envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Romania, and later to Czechoslovakia.

Muller was a prolific writer. Over the course of his life he published well over two hundred articles, brochures, and books about his travels, South Africa and the Boers, and Dutch foreign policy. Muller gathered a large fortune with well appointed private investments. He bequeathed his considerable wealth to a private fund in support of academic research and cultural heritage. (

"Zuid-Afrika. Reisherinneringen van Hendrik P. N. Muller"; Text in Dutch; Collation complete - Frontispiece, Title page, VIII, 393 pages, with 33 photographs and 2 folding maps in the appendix - large multiple folding map (71 x 51 cm) of South Africa by Hedrik P. N. Muller and colour folding map of South Africa; Ex-libris, with stamp and signature residue. Front free endpapers age tanned and a few front pages (including the frontispiece and title page) are little wrinkly at the bottom. (Wrongly) written by pencil ''1889'' at the bottom of the title page (originally published 1890). White label over the ex-libris stamp to the title page. Binding is tight and firm, slightly rubbed, corners and spine extremities bumped, slight traces of moisture to the spine and joints, otherwise in very good condition. Internal spine showing signs of beginning to crack at few places (the webbing is visible between page blocks), but pages and binding secure, no loose pages.Text block/pages bright and clean, no marks or foxing throughout. All plates and both maps are whole, clean and bright, overall in excellent condition. A sound copy.

IMPORTANT information regarding shipping: Shipping to South Africa possible via national post ($40) or Fedex/DHL Express service ($80-100). Shipping to EU via courier services ($20-25). Shipping to UK possible only via Fedex/DHL Express service ($50). Shipping to US via USPS ($40). For other countries please ask.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 22,5 x 16,5 cm
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