The Transvaal from Within : A Private Record of Public Affairs

Text is clear. Boards show general wear, soiling and water damage. Some water damage to the end papers. Previous owner’s name inked to the ffep.


Price – $26.00 (ZAR-250.00)

The Trial of the Thirteen.

A factual account (but not fully adhered to the sequence of proceedings) of the trial of 13 ANC members/sympathizers convicted of “terrorism” or aiding “terrorists” during 1987. Circa 1988 Price – $15.00 (ZAR-180.00)

The Unitas Fratrum

Two hundred and fifty years of missionary and pastoral service in Southern Africa (Western Region). A photographic study published by the Moravian Church. No published date, but 1987 is written in at the end of the title and mentioned on the front flap.

Price – $70.00 (ZAR-800.00)

The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter.

Quarter bound in tan coloured cloth with brown/grey boards. Gilded title inlaid on front cover. Black and white photographs and illustrations. General wear and tear to covers. Corners are bumped and frayed. Owner inscribed on fep. Although foxed throughout and age-toned the pages are still firmly bound.

Price – $280.00 (ZAR-2800.00)

The War of the Axe : Adventures in South Africa

Inscription to front paste down dated 1926. No published date.

Price – $18.00 (ZAR-180.00)

The Zulu Army. Compiled from Information Obtained from The Most Reliable Sources,

Published by Lieutenant-General Lord Chelmsford for the information of those under his command. Written by Fred B. Fynney an interpreter for the Natal government in 1876-1877 and an administrator of native law and special border agent for the Lower Tugela Division in 1878-1879. During the war , he commanded the Border Police force in his district, Colonial Defence District No. VI. In this role he reported intelligence garnered on the border to military and civilian authorities. In the opinion of Rider Haggard, he was consequently the man who, in virtue of his long service on the Zulu border, “with the exceptions of the late Sir Theophilus Shepstone and the late Sir Melmoth Osborn, perhaps knew more of that land and people than anyone else of that period.” While on the border during the war, Fynney reported on events in his district , on minor fracas across the border, sent statements collected from Zulus as a means of gathering intelligence, and worked as a translator for the military and civilian authorities. He is reported to have known “Zulus and the Zulu language well.” Morris records that Fynney used his fluent Zulu to dabble in ethnology and that while he had his faults as a border agent…he had been collecting just such information for years as a hobby. While he was certainly one of the best qualified to prepare this publication in advance of the war, Fynney was not involved in combat at any stage, though he may have spoken to those who were, or read such reports as appeared in the press. Writing in November 1878, Fynney pointed out that the ‘introduction of firearms’ was likely to have wrought ‘great changes, both in movements and dress’, upon the ‘ordinary customs of the Zulu army.’ A somewhat different account, which minimised tactical innovation resulting from the adoption of firearms, is to be found in the April 1879 second edition of this work. A  rare and important publication – it is the handbook issued to British Staff officers on the eve of their invasion of Natal and the ensuing Zulu War in 1879. It gives a detailed picture of Zulu society, individual chieftains, military tactics, warriors’ dress and history ‘compiled from information obtained from the most reliable sources’. It includes a diagram of the famous Zulu attack formation, based on the horns of cattle, in which the enemy was enveloped on both wings by two horns, while the body of the ‘bull’ was held in reserve. The detailed intelligence that the British had built up on their potential enemy listed in this eye-opening little book is quite staggering. However, in the campaign that followed, much of that intelligence was not utilised thanks to the incompetent conduct of the campaign.


Price – $1500.00 (ZAR-19000.00)

The Zulu Kings

The Zulu Kings

“Brian Roberts tells the story of the rise and fall of the Zulu dynasty in colourful detail.”


Price – $16.00 (ZAR-150.00)

The Zulu War 1879

Ex libris to the verso of half title page.

Price – $17.00 (ZAR-170.00)

There’s a Secret Hid Away

Memories of unusual experiences and mysteries in Southern Africa and African isles; strange tales and legends and unrecorded adventures; and people who crossed the author’s path.

Price – $15.00 (ZAR-110.00)

There’s a Secret Hid Away : Memories of unusual experiences and mysteries in Southern Africa and African isles; strange tales and legends and unrecorded adventures; and people who crossed the author’s path and left him wondering.




Price – $20.00 (ZAR-170.00)

Thomas Baines: An Artist in the Service of Science in Southern Africa.

Paintings from the Collections of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Natural History Museum, London. Edited by Michael Stevenson. A few small nicks on the top edges of the boards.

Price – $80.00 (ZAR-950.00)

Thomas Bowler of the Cape of Good Hope – His life and works with a catalogue of extant paintings

Pages browned. 210pp plus plates and engravings and 16 tipped in colour plates. Copy number 1339 of this print run.

Price – $30 (ZAR-350)

Thomas Francois Burgers Staatspresident 1872-1877

Clean, clear text. Boards show little wear. DW shows wear, scuffing and some insect damage.

Those in Bondage.

An account of the life of the slave at the Cape in the days of the Dutch East India Company. 23 Black/white illustrations.

Price – $15.00 (ZAR-150.00)

Three Years’ War

Ex libris to the ffep. With four plans and a fold-out map.

Price – $32.00 (ZAR-320.00)

Through Masai Land: A Journey of Exploration among the Snowclad Volanic Mountains and Strange Tribes of Eastern Equatorial Africa.

Being the narrative of the Royal Geographical Society’s expedition to Mount Kenia and Lake Victoria Nyanza, 1883-1884. Complete with 2 maps and all plates. Text and illustrations clear. Maps have some light foxing and a few closed tears. Previous owners names on prelims.


Price – $80.00 (ZAR-900.00)

Through the Kalahari Desert

A narrative of a journey with gun, camera and note-book to Lake Ngami and back. Limited facsimile reprint 436/1000.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-550.00)

Tierleben in Sudwest Afrika.

Text: German. Translation: Animal life in South West Afrika. A guide to the zoology of the country. Published circa 1961. Includes illustrations and b/w photographs.

Price – $55.00 (ZAR-380.00)

To the Cape for Diamonds.

A story of digging experiences in South Africa. Green cloth boards with lettering on spine and cover. Discolouration, chipping and minor insect damage to paper edges. General wear and tear to boards.

Price – $200.00 (ZAR-2800.00)

To the shores of Natal.

Inscription in pencil on half-title page. Illustrated by Barbara Tyrrell.

Price – $16.00 (ZAR-180.00)

Tony Grogan’s South African Sketchbook

With illustrations throughout.




Price – $35.00 (ZAR-360.00)

Toponymica Hottentotica 1 A-G

Book dealing with Khoekhoe place names. Text in Afrikaans.

Price – $95.00 (ZAR-950.00)

Tot Nagedagtenis van Emily Hobhouse

Writen and published at the request of the funeral committee, on the occasion of the burial of the ashes of Emily Hobhouse at the foot of the National Women’s Monument in Bloemfontein on 27 October 1926. Bound in grey cloth with black lettering to front board; minor scuffing to front board. Foxing to edges and endpapers with scattered foxing to the leaves. Illustrated in b/w. Text in Afrikaans.


Price – $12.00 (ZAR-1200.00)

Towards the Far Horizon.

The story of the ox-wagon in South Africa. “The vital role of the ox-wagon in the history of South Africa cannot be overestimated: without this product of the skills of the new settlers and the oxen of the indigenous Khoikhoi, there would have been no opening up of the hinterland, no Kimberley diamond mines, no Witwatersrand goldfields and no Republic of South Africa. Jose Burman tells the whole story of the ox-wagon, its antecedents, its construction, the unsung technicians who built it, the dumb oxen that provided the motive power, and its use over two and half centuries in this country. Yet, Towards the Far Horizon is far more than the story of the ox-wagon: interwoven are tales of rare courage and vignettes of the discoverers, trekkers and transport riders who depended on their wagons for a livelihood”. Includes numerous b/w illustrations and colour plates. Illustrated maps on the end papers.

Price – $15.00 (ZAR-170.00)