Pots and Poetry

The author’s essays on seemingly mundane matters offer a timely and deeply serious reflection on issues of importance to our society. Foxing to front and rear prelims.

Price – $13.00 (ZAR-150.00)


Text: Afrikaans/English/Cape Dialect. A magazine started by a group of young artists to showcase writers, poets, and playwriters in the neighbourhood. The group was called Writers and Arts Movement (WAM) or Skrywers en Uitvoerende Kunste Beweging (SUB).

Price – $14.00 (ZAR-150.00)

Rachel. Verse van Totius

Text: Afrikaans/Dutch. Forward by President Steyn. 2 b/w illustrations. Library school stamp on front free end page and a ‘withdrawal’ stamp on the verso of front cover. ‘D5’ written in blue pencil.

Price – $28.00 (ZAR-300)

Rachel. Verse van Totius

Text: Afrikaans/Dutch. Forward by President Steyn. 2 b/w illustrations. Library school stamp on front free end page and a ‘withdrawal’ stamp on the verso of front cover. ‘D5’ written in blue pencil.

Price – $28.00 (ZAR-300.00)

Rhymes a la Mode

“The large paper edition of this volume, consisting of 50 copies all of which are numbered and signed, printed in December 1884. This is No. 22.” Volume of poetry set in a solander case, 55 selections in all, followed by three pages of notes. 140 pages, deckled edges. Title page uses red and black lettering along with a tree logo pronouncing “Arbor Scientiae Arbor Vitae.” The box is green cloth over leather spine. Some edge-wear on the corners and spine. Spine carries title and author’s name and London 1885 in gilt. Some light scuffing. Paper repair to back wrap. 10cm closed tear to the spine and front wrap. Edge-wear and foxing to the wraps.

Price – $110.00 (ZAR-1200.00)

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.

Square 8vo., contemporary paper covered boards, original buff printed wrappers bound in. London: Privately reprinted: January, 1887.

The first reprint of the first edition, complete with the final leaf identifying the reprint.

25 copies (including 4 on vellum) were printed for T.J. Wise in 1887, according to Wise himself in his 1895 catalogue of Ashley Library publications.

By 1887 the 1859 Rubaiyat was valuable enough for this reprint to have the final leaf removed and be sold as the original. Wise himself warned Richard Curle in the late twenties of a ‘very dangerous forgery of the first Omar circulating in America’, and adds that ‘presumably they (i.e his own reprints) come from the usual London forgery factory’.

The first edition was published in 1859. As they did not sell, FitzGerald gave some 200 copies to Quaritch, who offered them at 4d and finally put them in the “throw away box”, from where copies were rescued by Rossetti and Swinburne, and other literary notables. The remainder were destroyed when Quaritch moved to Piccadilly in 1860.

Price – $1800.00 (ZAR-25000.00)

Sê Sjibbolet

Poetry. Small bookseller’s label on front pastedown. Light foxing to front and rear pastedown, top and fore-edges. Contents clean and tightly bound.

Price – $25.00 (ZAR-250.00)

Shadows in Arcady

Inspired by his love of typography, 4 stories: The Angelus, The Brass Plate, The Alley in Languedoc, The Devil at La Charite are reproduced by the artist Sir William Russell Flint, set in Pastonchi type and with small illustrations throughout the text. Limited to 500 copies, of which 450 were sold and of which this is number 448. Bound in quarter blue cloth with black cloth boards, gilt device to front board and gilt titles to spine. Small bookseller’s label to corner of front paste down. Some rubbing to spine, especially to head and foot. Small scratches to front blue cloth and light markings to boards. Corners slightly bumped. Light finger marks to some leaves. Signed by the author.

Price – $90.00 (ZAR-950.00)

Shakespeare’s Bawdy: a Literary and Psychological Essay and a Comprehensive Glossary

Dust jacket has some discolourations and chipping to edges and spine.

Sikkibiaan – Die Kalahariseuntjie

Novel with numerous black and white illustrations.

Price – $16.00 (ZAR-160.00)

Slow Man

Price – $8.00 (ZAR-90.00)

Slow Man

Price – $12.00 (ZAR-150.00)

Sout van die Aarde.

Text in Afrikaans. Travelogue. Owner inscriptions on fep. Signature of Uys Krige tipped in. Staining to the front and back feps. Pages clean and binding good. General wear and tear to DW with 2 closed tears on top and foxing inside.

Price – $20.00 (ZAR-220.00)


Price – $8.00 (ZAR-90.00)

Summertime. Scenes from Provincial Life

Minor scattered foxing within contents. Top and fore-edge lightly foxed.

Price – $10.00 (ZAR-100.00)

Sweet as a Pickle and Clean as a Pig

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

The Aberdeen Jew.

Monochrome cartoon booklet with tipped-in frontispiece illustration as well as illustrations inset amongst text.

Price – $12.00 (ZAR-120.00)

The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane – Translated from the french of Le Sage – Three Volumes

Written sometime between 1715 and 1735, this picaresque novel tells the tale of Gil Blas, a young boy born into poverty, his hopes of a good education are dashed when he is faced with a term in jail. He becomes a valet, meeting many different people from all walks of life.

Price – $70.00 (ZAR-800.00)

The Adventures of Mr and Mrs Jim and Ron.

Poetry and prose by Ron Padgett, accompanied by numerous black-and-white, mainly cut-and-paste photographs and illustrations by Jim Dine who is a Pop artist. Gift inscription on front free end page. Unpaginated. Dog eared corners lower RH side.

Price – $33.00 (ZAR-300.00)

The Angler in Wales, or Days and Nights of Sportsmen. (volume 2 of 2 only)

Foxing and tide marks to the frontis, otherwise internally very good. Quarter black leather over worn marbled boards.

Price – $45.00 (ZAR-550.00)

The Arabian Nights, In Five Volumes

Five volumes, translated by Edward Forster, with engravings. Bound in half leather over marbled boards. Bindings stable and firm, foxing and browning to leaves of all 5 volumes. Some minor insect damage to vol 1.

Price – $210.00 (ZAR-2500.00)

The Aristos. A Self-Portrait in Ideas.

A collection of several hundred philosophical aphorisms. Small bookseller’s label on front paste-down. A near perfect copy of this first edition with the very minimum of handling marks.

Price – $250.00 (ZAR-2800.00)

The Ballad of Dick King and Other Poems. (With a Memoir and Notes by H M L Bolus and an Introduction by R F M Immelman)

Green cloth boards sunned, stained with bumping to spine and corners. Foxing to pastedowns, first and last few pages and page edges.. Previous owner’s name and date on free end page. Small green label on verso of front cover. Contents well-bound.

Price – $18.00 (ZAR-180.00)

The Book of Limericks

An alphabetical compilation of limericks.

Price – $20.00 (ZAR-220.00)