Indaba, My Children

Number 1009 of 1212 copies. Slight bumping to the foredges. Previous owner’s name written neatly on the fep.

Industrie Des Cafres Du Sud-Est De L’Afrique. Collection Recueillie Sur Les Lieux et Notice Ethnographique.

Perhaps the rarest work on South and South East African tribal art and beadwork. It is understood that fewer than 100 copies were produced. There are 27 chromolithographs, with a few pages of text uncut.




Price – $3600.00 (ZAR-40000.00)

Industrie Des Cafres Du Sud-Est De L’Afrique. Collection Recueillie Sur Les Lieux et Notice Ethnographique

The most important work on South African and South East African tribal art, weapons and beadwork. The edition is estimated at approximately 100 copies, including 90 in folio form. These were produced for royalty and for the most part remain in libraries. — Pieter Nicolaas Muller (1859-1941), the author  was a Dutch businessman, diplomat and traveller. He was the son of a prominent Rotterdam-based business family. Muller started his career as a businessman, trading in East and West Africa as the interim manager of Handels Compagnie Mozambique. Between 1882 – 1883, together with Snelleman, he travelled to Zanzibar visiting trading stores. Once the business trip was concluded they walked through present-day Mozambique and Zululand, collecting ethnographic artefacts and writing reports on the societies and people they encountered on their way. Articles of the trip were published in Dutch journals and newspapers. 27 chromolithographed plates.



Price – $3000.00 (ZAR-40000.00)

K’u l ha:si Manuscript.

MS collections of the K’u l hasi dialect of a Bushman tribe circa 1973. Ringbound working paper (13) include a dictionary of vocabulary, phrases and grammatical notes of the language.

Price – $15.00 (ZAR-170.00)

Kuanyama Ambo Folklore.

Anthropological Records. Vol 13, No. 4. Includes 1 figure in text and 1 map. Price – $16.00 (ZAR-200.00)

Licht – En Schaduwbeelden uit de Binnenlanden Van Java

This work examines the introduction of Christianity to the Javanese people, their resistance against it as well as examining the differences between free and forced labour, characteristics and morality of the Javanese population and how these conflicted with principles brought by the missionaries.

Condition: Good, foxing to prelims and page edges.

Price – $200.00 (ZAR-1500.00)

Lobedu Material Culture

Annals of the South African Museum. Volume 94 July 1984 Part 3. Lobedu Material Culture A comprehensive study of the 1930s and the 1970s. Paper covers with minor wear.

Love Locked Out: a Survey of Love Licence and Restriction in the Middle Ages

Previous book dealer’s label to the front paste down. Clean, clear text. Boards show very little wear. DW shows slight wear and scuffing with two minor closed tears.

Mapungubwe. An Archaeozoological Interpretation of an Iron Age Community.

“The Mapungubwe complex of Iron Age Sites dating around 950-1150AD, lies in the Limpopo Valley close to the northern border of South Africa.” Previous owner’s details on ffep. Price – $43.00 (ZAR-550.00)

Mapungubwe. An Archaeozoological Interpretation of an Iron Age Community.

“The Mapungubwe complex of Iron Age Sites dating around 950-1150AD, lies in the Limpopo Valley close to the northern border of South Africa.” Previous owner’s details on ffep. Price – $43.00 (ZAR-550.00)

Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen

An examination of the European interpolation of ‘Bushmen’ as a people, with running counter-narratives; illustrated in colour and b/w throughout. Small stains on top edge with a little foxing on the lower corner of the fore-edge. Price – $240.00 (ZAR-2600)

Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen

Signed by Pippa Skotnes and some of the contributors. An examination of the European interpolation of ‘Bushmen’ as a people, with running counter-narratives; illustrated in colour and b/w throughout. Bound in laminated pictorial card wraps. Previous owner’s signature on fep. Includes a loose pocket with an invitation to the initial launch of the book. Edges lightly foxed otherwise a very good copy.

Price – $300.00 (ZAR-3000.00)

Native Life on the Transvaal Border.

Illustrated from original photographs. Brown boards with red lettering and a gold stamp “The Chief Khama. Phalapye Bechuanaland.” Minor scuffing to bevelled board edges and corners. Discolouration to front and back FEPS. No date. circa 1890.

Price – $100.00 (ZAR-1100.00)

Onder die Kindere van Cham

A collection of articles on missionary and ethnographic subject out of South West Africa and elsewhere, with illustrations in b/w. Bound in red pictorial cloth covered boards. Spine sunned with black titles. Browning to endpapers and ink scrawl to f.f.e.p. Overall a very good copy.

Price – $25.00 (ZAR-280.00)

Origin of the African People of the Johannesburg Area

Introductory archaeological text about the early inhabitants of South Africa. Bound in laminated pictorial card wraps. Ink stamps to half title. Top edge corner slightly dog-eared. Illustrated in b/w.

Price – $29.00 (ZAR-400.00)

People of the Eland

Rock Paintings of the Drakensberg Bushmen as a reflection of their life and thought. This is number 415 of 1000 copies.

From the jacket flap:”Unlike other books, however, this one gives the story from, as it were, the viewpoint of the Bushmen. The author by a careful study of the official records of reprisal expeditions against the Bushmen, was able to establish the probable escape routes they used. Then, in the field, she explored these routes in great detail. Ins several cases she found rock paintings showing parties of mounted Europeans which, in number and apparel, agree with the official records of the number of farmers and of troopers who took part in the expedition. These paintings thus appear to be true eyewitness records. In the second and larger part of the book she discusses what is recorded in the literature about the Bushmen of the Drakensberg, tells what is known of their beliefs and attitudes to life and relates these to the content of the paintings developing in the process an interesting theory of associations and avoidances supported by a statistical analysis of the subject matter of the paintings.”

Condition: Good to very good. In a worn dust jacket with some loss to the spine. End papers lightly foxed and bearing the previous owner’s name.






Price – $250.00 (ZAR-2900.00)

Philipp Cave. The Rock Paintings of Southern Africa: Volume Two

This work highlights a particular frieze in a cave in the Erongo region of South West Africa (Namibia). Well illustrated and researched.

Price – $75.00 (ZAR-850.00)

Prehistoric Man in Johannesburg. The Archaeology and Human Ecology of Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Racas, Usos E Costumes dos Indigenas do Districto de Inhambane.

Some red pencil underlining and contemporary marginalia in blue ink. Black and white photographs.

Price – $33.00 (ZAR-400.00)

Report to the Government of Bechuanaland on the Bushman Survey

Important report on the state of the remaining Bushmen in Bechuanaland in the 1960’s. Folding map to the rear.

Price – $100.00 (ZAR-780.00)

Rock Paintings of Southern Africa: Special Publication Number 2

‘Supplement to the South African Journal of Science – Special issue no. 2, May 1971’. Various black and white illustrations throughout. Tape marks to the back and front inside of cover and to the title page and the last page of text block. Inscription in ink to the top of the title page. Cover shows slight wear.

Rock Paintings of the Drakensberg

Rock Paintings of the Drakensberg, Natal and Griqualand East

Rock Paintings of the Drakensberg, Natal and Griqualand East

Sexual Life in Ancient India: a Study in the Comparative History of Indian Culture

Reprinted as two volumes in one. Text is clean. Previous book dealer’s label to the front paste down. Price clipped from corner of front jacket flap. Foxing to the endpapers, the first few and last few pages and to the edges of the text. Boards show slight wear and insect damage. DW shows significant damage (chipping, tears, foxing and losses.), but is still intact.

Skeletons in the Cupboard

Essay on South African museums and the trade in human remains 1907-1917. Laminated pictorial card wraps. Bookseller’s label to back wrap. A very good copy overall.

Price – $58.00 (ZAR-600.00)

Surviving the Lens.

Photographic studies of South and East African People, 1870 – 1920. Scuffing to bottom of boards with slight damage to the corners. Slight foxing to prelims.

Price – $70.00 (ZAR-800.00)