Quagga Rare Books & Art
NEWSLETTER - July 2010

Welcome to our latest winter newsletter. This month we will look at two unique items in our Stellenbosch shop and run our usual mini-auction.

CHARLES THOMAS ASTLEY MABERLY

Charles Thomas Astley Maberly

Born in Bristol in 1905 and educated at Repton, Astley Maberly’s work as a book illustrator is perhaps some of the most recognized in South Africa.

From early childhood his main interest was observing and sketching wild life. His first book, Nature Studies of a Boy Naturalist, was published while he was still attending school at Repton. In 1924, at the age of 18, he came to South Africa under the 1820 Memorial Settlers’ Scheme, ostensibly to farm - though his major interest had always been in wild life.

He moved to a family farm at Duiwelskloof very close to the Kruger National Park and was able to spend four or five months a year camping there with his sketchbooks. In due course he published Animals of the Kruger National Park,1951; What Buck is That?, 1951; Animals of Rhodesia, 1959; Animals of Southern Africa, 1959; Animals of East Africa, 1960; The Game Animals of Southern Africa, 1963; and The World of Big Game, 1969.

He also illustrated Harry Wolhuter’s famous book, Memories of a Game Ranger, 1950; The Call of the Bushveld by AC White, 1954; Snakes & Snake Catching in Southern Africa, by R Isemonger, as well as books by T V Bulpin, Anna Rothman, Bruce Kinloch and others.

Quagga Stellenbosh has an extra illustrated second edition of The Game Animals of Southern Africa, 1967.

The Game Animals of Southern Africa

The above is a copy of a sketch from life of a lioness gazing at…………at Satara Kruger National Park on July 30th 1935.

The title page is signed by the author and the facing page has a personal inscription to Astley Maberly’s Bank Manager and an original sketch of a lioness.

The inscription reads as follows: “For Mr. A. Carmel. A small - and I hope useful - appreciation of much kindness and good council! To the author; while he was Manager of Barclay’s Bank at Duiwelskloof, with kindest regards and best wishes, Charles. T. Astley Maberly, Aug 11th 1969."

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ROOF CLIMBING

Roof-Climber’s Guide to St. John’s
Roof-Climber’s Guide to St. John’s
1921

Known in modern terms as Buildering or Stegophily, is the art of climbing on the outside of buildings and other artificial man-made structures. Usually done without ropes and outside legal bounds, it is mostly undertaken at night-time.

Quagga has a copy of The Roof-Climber’s Guide to St. John’s, one of only a handful of early books published on the subject. Thought to have been written by Geoffrey Winthrop Young (the book is credited as been written by, A. Climber on the title page), it is an illustrated guide to climbing the buildings of St. John’s College, at Cambridge University. It was published in 1921 and dedicated to the author of Roof-Climbers Guide to Trinity, who is thought to be the same Geoffrey Winthrop Young.

Roof-Climber’s Guide to St. John’s

The earliest evidence of Roof-Climbing at Cambridge dates back to 1734. A carved inscription on a lead flashing, on an obscure and hard to reach roof-top of St. John’s states, “ Peter Gunning of Ely, Feb. 19th 1734. Another early Roof-Climber at Trinity College was in fact Lord Byron (1788-1824). He is said to have gone up to the roof of the Wren Library in 1806, to “decorate” the four statues on the eastern balustrade.

Roof-Climbing continues today at Cambridge and has become a popular pursuit around the world, giving these early practitioners somewhat of a cult status, certainly at Cambridge.

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CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP?

One of our customers, Diana Polisensky is writing a memoir based on her time in Rhodesia and is looking for information about the International Rhodes Centenary Exhibition in Bulawayo in 1953. It was a big show rather like the Rand Easter Show and she would like to find out who exhibited there, what was exhibited, related functions (Sadler's Wells Ballet came out from London), details of opening speeches etc.

If any one has any information, programs, etc to share please contact Diana directly, her email address is: dpolisensky@yahoo.com

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Online Auction
Our mini auction will end at 5pm on Friday 6 August. Please note that postage will be calculated seperately, according to your location and requirements.

The following books are on offer this month:

Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair
Reserve: R1800
AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
From 1868 to 1914 Vanity Fair caricatures both lampooned and praised eminent Victorian and Edwardian Politicians, Sportsmen, Lawyers and other 'Men of the Day'.
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The Soul of the Ape. The Soul of the White Ant
The Soul of the Ape. The Soul of the White Ant

Reserve: R350
AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
"Splendidly illustrated by Dick Findlay and with numerous colour photographs. Leon Rousseau's introduction, titled, Eugene Marais and the Darwin Syndrome provides a biographical overview of the multi-talented and enigmatic Marais. It draws tantalising parallels between him and Charles Darwin and it places his two great works of natural history in the context of their time."
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The Khoisan Peoples of South Africa, Bushmen and Hottentots
The Khoisan Peoples of South Africa, Bushmen and Hottentots

Reserve: R450
AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
Dust jacket has very slight creasing to edges. Previous owner’s stamp to endpapers. Page 262-263 has minor marginalia in pencil. Schapera was born in Namaqualand and was considered one of the great anthropologists of his generation.
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The Living Shores of Southern Africa
The Living Shores of Southern Africa
Reserve: R330
AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
"Part 1 explains the interplay between marine life forms and their environments, in the open sea, along the rocky shores, sandy beaches, kelp bands and fragile estuaries. Part 2 deals in greater detail with the major groups of plants and invertebrate animals, with separate chapters devoted to the characteristics and biology of each group."
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Louis Michel Thibault (1750-1815)
His Official Life at the Cape of Good Hope
Louis Michel Thibault (1750-1815)
Reserve: R150

AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
From the dust jacket flap: "The book is composed of Thibault’s letters and reports written to private clients and officials of the Dutch East India Company, and the Batavian and British Governments, and of their replies."
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The Great Steam Trek
The Great Steam Trek
Reserve: R160

AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
"For anyone who has ever travelled behind steam, this very personal view of the history of steam power in South Africa will awaken a sharp nostalgia for the ‘cinders-in-your-eye’ days."
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Reader’s Digest Atlas of Southern Africa
Reader’s Digest Atlas of Southern Africa
Reserve: R380

AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
The most comprehensive atlas on Southern Africa ever published. It is split into the following four sections.
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Adolph Jentsch
Adolph Jentsch
Reserve: R550

AUCTION ENDS 5PM, FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2010
A thorough monograph on this masterful artist. Arguably the finest interpreter of the South West African (Namibian) landscape. Text in English, German and Afrikaans. Numerous full page colour plates.
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