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SA Auction #96 begins on 20 Jan 2022

US Auction #10 begins on 09 Feb 2022

Alexander (Samuel)


Published: Published by Samuel Alexander, Cape Town, 1878

Edition: First edition

Reserve: $1,000


Estimate: $1200/1500

Bidding opens: 20 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 27 Jan 16:30 GMT

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First edition: [xiii] 108 pages of photographs, title page vignette oval photograph of Sir Bartle Frere laid down, recased with the original full green leather binding, gilt title and decoration on the upper cover and the original back strip laid down, blind decoration on the back cover, the leather is slightly worn along the edge of the front cover, foxing throughout, starting to wear at the front hinge on the first index page of the advertisers, many of the pages are faded, reinforced green cloth hinges, a good copy.

Each page has a photograph and an advertisement on it. Preliminaries include an index to the advertisers.

Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere was the patron of this work

In the preface Sam Alexander pays tribute to Robert Harris of Port Elizabeth, the photographer he employed, for the skilful and speedy execution of his work. Also to Saul Solomon and Co., the printers who have facilitated in every way in the printing and binding.

Extracted from Africana Notes and News Vol.15 no. 6 pages 219 -252: Robert Harris (fl. 1880-1894) had a studio at Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, 1880-1890. He exhibited photographs at the Port Elizabeth Exhibition 1885 and the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886. From 1891 to 1894 Harris was in partnership with Thomas McKnaught.

3 copies listed in A South African Bibliography vol.1 page 50

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 4to (310 x230mm)

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