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NEWSLETTER - December 2009

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This month we highlight some of our hunting books:

 

The Large Game and Natural History of South and South-East Africa

The title page of Drummond’s book

We have an outstanding copy of The Large Game and Natural History of South and South -East Africa by W.H. Drummond. Bound in full leather with ornate gilt decoration.

The book deals with Hunting in Swaziland, Tongaland and Zululand with chapters on buffalo, rhino, eland, lions, elephants, leopards and antelope as well as articles on hunting with dogs and game bird shooting. The author, the third son of Viscount Strathallan, first visited Africa when aged 17; most of the related experiences dealing with a five year period ending in 1872 during which time the author lived among the local tribes. He returned to Natal in 1877, joining the staff of Lord Chelmsford in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 and was killed at the Battle of Ulundi in July, 1879.

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Five Years Hunting Adventures in South Africa

One of the illustrations from Cumming’s book.

Another of the hunters worth mentioning is Roualeyn George Gordon Cumming. We have a copy of “Five Years Hunting Adventures in South Africa”, Published 1850. Born on the 15th March 1820, Roualeyn was the second son of a Scottish baronet, Sir William Gordon-Cumming of Altyre and Gordonstoun. He was educated at Eton. He had his first taste of sport in Africa in 1838 when he passed through the Cape on his way to India to become a Cornet in the Madras Cavalry. The climate of the Far East did not agree with him. He resigned his commission two years later and returned to Scotland to take up deer stalking…but even the wildest moorside that Scotland could offer proved too tame. He found the life of the wild hunter so far preferable to that of the mere sportsman that he became an Ensign in the Royal Veteran Newfoundland Companies and travelled to North America in season of the bison, the wapiti and the elk. Soon he had transferred to the Cape Mounted Rifles and was back in Africa.

Once after wearying his horse in pursuit of an oryx, Cumming confessed: “I inwardly wished that, instead of my being a man of fourteen stone weight, nature had formed me of the most Lilliputian dimensions.” But his great size, strength and magnificent appearance were an inevitable part of the man who came to be called The Lion Hunter. After his collection of African trophies weighing more than 27,21 metric tons were shown at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, he attained great popularity in the U.K. as a lecturer on wild life and the chase.

In his subsequent expeditions as a free-lance adventurer (1843-1848) Cumming found the true outlet of his vigorous, independent nature. His "Five Years of a Hunters Life in the Far Interior of South Africa" (1850) is a boldly descriptive record of courage and perseverance. One critic comments: “his volume, written in the romantic British style, is one that will always remain a classic in the world of sporting literature.”

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There are many other books on the subject in our Hunting catalogue on our website, www.quaggabooks.co.za

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Online Auction

Books on Auction this month:
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Myths and Legends of South Africa
Myths and Legends of South Africa
Penny Miller
TV Bulpin Publications
Cape Town, 1979
RESERVE: R450
Myths, legends, romances and the mystery of nature with a reflection on the communities of ghosts, demons, fairies and monsters of this fantastical world. All illustrated by the rich and strange illustrations of Penny Miller. Myths and Legends of South Africa.
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Lyrical Work, Meintjies, Liriese Werk
Lyrical Work, Meintjies, Liriese Werk

The Anreith Press
Cape Town, 1948
RESERVE: R1 200
Green cloth cover, with sunning to the spine. Inscribed by the author. Some foxing to endpapers. Text in English and Afrikaans. B/w and colour illustrations of this South African artist’s work.
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The Man With The Golden Gun
The Man With The Golden Gun

Ian Fleming
Jonathan Cape,
1965
RESERVE: R380
First edition. Without the gun embossed on the boards.
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Art and Artists of South Africa
Art and Artists of South Africa
Esme Berman
A. A. Balkema
Cape Town, 1983
RESERVE: R2 500
An illustrated biographical dictionary and historical survey of painters and graphic artists since 1875. New updated and enlarged edition. Dust jacket has some creasing to edges. Slight foxing to endpapers. Very good firm copy.
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Art at Auction in South Africa
Art at Auction in South Africa
Stephan Welz
A.D. Donker
Johannesburg, 1989
RESERVE: R300

Includes anecdotes on memorable auctions, full colour plates of exceptional art work, and chapters on collecting, furniture, stamps, porcelain, silver and other interesting items.
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Lifetimes Under Apartheid
Lifetimes Under Apartheid
Nadine Gordimer
Alfred A. Knopf
1986
RESERVE: R2 800

Signed on the half title by Goldblatt.
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Dark Safari: The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley
Dark Safari: The Life Behind the Legend of Henry Morton Stanley
John Bierman
Hodder & Stoughton
1991
RESERVE: R100

From the jacket flap: “African exploration, to the Victorians, was an adventure analogous to space travel in our own time – a risky undertaking by a handfull of intrepid individualsextending ‘civilized’ man’s knowledge of the universe while confirming his confidence in his abillity to overcome all physical obstacles. Henry Morton Stanley was the supreme exemplar of that earlier age of exploration, a self made man who, imbued with the triumphalism of the culture from which he sprang, conquered a continent through grit, resource and sheer bloody-mindedness.”
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