The Nemesis File

” The true story of an SAS Execution Squad” 280pp, with photographs. The role of the SAS in the Northern Ireland conflict was to execute people and to foment civil unrest.

Price – $9 (ZAR-120)

The Orders, Medals and History of The Kingdom of Bulgaria

Short history, followed by a comprehensive overview of the orders & medals of Bulgaria, illustrated in full colour & b/w. Red paper covered boards with black device to front board and lettering to spine. Previous owner’s bookplate to f.f.e.p which is rippled. Top edge lightly spotted else a very good copy.

Price – $38.00 (ZAR-400.00)

The Panama Route, 1848-1869

No dust jacket. Blue leather covers half covered in paper, in good condition. Reprinted from the edition of 1943

The Pillar in the Mist: a history of the Dias Padrao at Ludertiz.

Illustrated card wraps. Staple bound booklet. Minor wear to tips of spine. A clean and well bound copy.

Price – $15.00 (ZAR-150.00)

The Relief of Chitral

183pp, with illustrations and map. The brothers were present at the campaign and acted as correspondents of the Times. An ex-library book and has the ex-libris plate of a previous owner. Extensive foxing. Cover reattached and repaired with tape.

Price – $30.00 (ZAR-320.00)

The Rhymes of a Red-Cross Man

Clean sound copy with just a past owner’s name in ink on front fep and a slightly faded spine.

The Safe Sea

No dust jacket. Blue cloth covers displaying considerable wear, with spine sunned and torn at base and top edge. Cracked along inside of cover and book itself. Evidence of water staining along top of endpapers. Ex-library copy with usual markings as well as bookseller’s stamp on title page. Published by ‘The Journal of Commerce.

The Saldanha Bay Story. Signed by the author.

The story of Saldanha Bay with its naval battles, shipwrecks, murders and treasure hunts. Ex school library copy with school stamp marks throughout, penned numbers and card pocket at the rear. Remnants of tape and glue on rear paste-down. Well bound.

Price – $30.00 (ZAR-300.00)

The Silent War: South African Recce Operations 1969 – 1994.

Dark red boards with minor shelf wear. Inked stamp from Helen Suzman Foundation on prelims with a pencilled signature of R W Johnson (previously director of the Foundation). Some black ink spots on top edge of pages. Some discolouration on the inside of DW. Otherwise contents clean and tightly bound.

Price – $38.00 (ZAR-400.00)

The Six Days of the Sinai Campaign

Text in Hebrew, numerous b/w and colour illustrations.

Price – $14 (ZAR-160)

The South African Shipping Question 1886 – 1914

A scholarly work by Solomon, tracing the course of controversy over the period of 30 years. With black and white illustrations. Previous owner’s bookplate to front endpaper.



Price – $25.00 (ZAR-250.00)

The Steamer Book : a Miscellany for Voyagers on All Seas

Dust jacket in poor condition, Good firm copy

The Story of a Great Ship : The Birth and Death of the Steamship Titanic

No date of publication supplied. Generally considered to be circa 1959. Written for children.

The Story of The Guns

“A consecutive memoir of what has taken place since the war in Crimea, in connection with the improvement of rifled arms….personal observation of the results of experiments with artillery… and information drawn from public records” 364pp, with index and illustrations.





Price – $140.00 (ZAR-1400.00)

The Story of the Malakand Field Force ; An Episode of Frontier War

Text is clean and clear with several fold-out maps. Previous owner’s name to the ffep. Boards show slight general wear.




Price – $72.00 (ZAR-680.00)

The Terror Fighters, A Profile of Guerrilla Warfare in Southern Africa

Shelf wear to top and bottom of spine of dw.

The Torch is Passed

Contains black and white photographs throughout. Foxing throughout. Boards show some wear, especially to the corners and spine.

The Unknown Force

Volume on South African black, Indian and coloured soldiers’ participation in both World Wars. Illustrated with b/w photographic reproductions. A very good copy in very good dust jacket with bookseller’s price label to rear panel of dust jacket.

Price – $20.00 (ZAR-220.00)

The Voyages of Diogo Cao and Batholomeu Dias 1482-88.

Reprinted from The Geographical Journal, Vol 16 no. 6, December 1900. pp 625-650. Cloth covered thick card wraps with light soiling. Contents clean and well bound.

Price – $22.00 (ZAR-220.00)

The Waitemata Wobbler

A single issue magazine published on board the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces troop transport, the Waitemata. It departed from New Zealand in January 1917 carrying troops destined for the trenches of Europe. Bound in olive green, pictorial paper wraps. Inscription to the verso of front panel. Ship’s roll to rear. Overall a very good copy.

Price – $140.00 (ZAR-1500.00)

The Way Out.

Signature of author on half-title page. Green cloth boards with rounded spine edges. Previous owner signature on pastedown. Discolouration to feps. Minor foxing. DW is tanned, chipped with a number of small closed tears. Neatly bound copy.

Price – $75.00 (ZAR-750.00)

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)

Tijdens de O.~I. Compagnie

Discussion of the Dutch East India Company. Text in dutch, with numerous illustrations, in two volumes.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-450.00)

Trafalgar: The Nelson Touch

Lengthy and in depth account of the battle of Trafalgar; with 13 pages of illustrations in full colour, 76 in b/w and 6 maps.

Price – $10.00 (ZAR-120.00)

Tusschen Mijnen en Grondzeeen

No date of publication; probably 1945. Exciting tales of sea rescues off Dutch coast during World War II. Text in Dutch. Text clean and whole although pages browned especially at edges. Boards have insect damage at edges; corners bumped.