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02 Mar 2017 16:30 GMT

Dawson, William Harbutt

South Africa: People, Places and Problems

Published: Longmans, Green & Company, Paternoster Row, London, 1925

Edition: First Editions

Reserve: $40


Estimate: $60-80

Bidding opens: 2 Mar 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 9 Mar 16:30 GMT

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Original red cloth boards with gilt lettering to fading spine.

The narrative will be found to consist in part of impressions-the things that one writes down hesitantly and tentatively, and that can be erased by an india-rubber-but still more of considered conclusions, based on a due weighing of observed facts. Whatever value such a book may have, therefore, it can claim to be a record of actual experiences.

In discussions both of people and problems I have invariably spoken with the candour which honesty requires; yet if anything said should disappoint or offend my South African fellow-subjects of either race, I would ask them to remember that saying of the Wise Man, " Faithful are the wounds of a friend." The kindness which I experienced everywhere left me under a debt of gratitude which it would have been dishonourable even to attempt to pay in the false coin of flattery.

The question which confronts every life, that of the nation just as much as that of the individual, is the pivotal question upon which the entire history of biological evolution from the appearance of the primordial germ forward has hung: it is this- "What can you make of yourself?" I formed the rather painful impression that South Africa has not as yet made up its mind how that question should and shall be answered. No factor in its decision is so weighty as the problem of the Native, and the European races will be wise if they face this problem while still able to discuss and adjust their differences (so to speak) out of the Native's hearing. At present their Press and literature practically a sealed book to him, but that will not be the case always, and to allow the Native population to be drawn into the domestic quarrels of those whom it has been accustomed so long to regard as its masters would be fatal blunder.

Owners signature to front endpaper. Halftitle. Frontispiece.Tissue guard with Title.Preface. Contents. List of Illustrations. xi plus  448 pages text with thirty-five photographs.

Light edge spotting.

Very clean copy.

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 22.5 X 14.5cm

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