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Auction #74 has ended

Fontein Books

Fontein Books Richard Proctor-Sims

P O Box 193 Philippolis 9970

South Africa

051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032

Fontein Books was established more than forty years ago as a publisher and bookseller. Our physical bookshop is an 1881 Victorian house in the historic Free State town of Philippolis, while we now also operate from Johannesburg (telephones +27 79 546 4032 / + 27 11 783 6577).

Our 26 lots on the current auction (#74) are from the fine and carefully selected ornithology collection of the late John Laing of Johannesburg. Dr Laing was the chief medical consultant of the Anglo American Corporation and, as was the case with other senior executives of the corporation, he retired at the age of sixty, leaving him free to collect in several areas, one of which was ornithology. Together, his lots in this auction, which he acquired new from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, could easily form the nucleus for a new collection of South African, African and other bird books. 

Payments in South Africa may be made by eft; elsewhere by credit card. We offer free courier delivery to buyers' street addresses (South Africa only).

We will gladly supply further information or images. 








Lots in auction #74

Lot 199

Audubon, John James

The Birds of America (1985 reprint of 1937 edition)

Lot 202

Mundy, Peter, Duncan Butchart, John Ledger, and Steven Piper; foreword by Ian Player

The Vultures of Africa

Lot 206

Harrison, JA, DG Allan, LG Underhill, M Herremans, AJ Tree, V Parker, CJ Brown (eds)

Atlas of Southern African Bird Life (2 vols)

Lot 242

Ginn, Peter (text editor), Geoff McIlleron (pictures editor) and P le S Millstein

The Complete Book of Southern African Birds

Lot 445

Pledger, Maurice (paintings); Charles Coles (text); Duke of Edinburgh (foreword)

Game Birds

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