Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of Public Works for the year 1880 – with appendices

“Cape of Good Hope. Ministerial Department of Crown Lands and Public Works. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of His Excellency the Governor” 49pp, with a folding map of land transferred to the government along Kowie River west bank in the back.

Price – $44 (ZAR-460)

Architectural Beauty of the old Cape as seen by Arthur Elliott.

Photographs of houses and farmsteads now largely demolished or ruined taken at the beginning of the twentieth century. Price – $75.00 (ZAR-850.00)

Arthur Elliott. A Memoir of the Man and the Story of his Photographic Collection.

Colour print of the well known Kersefontein farm gable as frontispiece. Includes 30 b/w photographs and 2 illustrations. Inscription in red ink on free end paper.

Price – $20.00 (ZAR-220.00)

Aspects of the History of Copper Mining in Namaqualand 1846 – 1931

With numerous illustrations. Signed by the author.


Price – $22.00 (ZAR-220.00)

Baron von Ludwig and the Ludwig’s-burg Garden.

“A chronicle of the Cape from 1806 to 1848 with an appendix showing some of the horticultural introductions of Baron von Ludwig.” Front and back pastedowns and feps discoloured. DW is sunned and slightly foxed with minor wear. Otherwise a clean and well bound copy.

Price – $35.00 (ZAR-350.00)

Basket Work Harbour – The Story of the Kowie

The endeavour of the 1820 settlers to build a harbour at Kowie River.


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Price – $42.00 (ZAR-380.00)

Basket Work Harbour. The Story of the Kowie.

This copy is numbered 639 of a limited edition of 1200 copies. Previous owner’s details on ffep and small red/gilt label of bookseller on front pastedown. Illustrated map of river on pastedowns. Age-toning to front and rear fep and pages 8 and photographs opposite. Contents clean and tightly bound.

Price – $20.00 (ZAR-200.00)

Beautiful Homesteads of the Western Cape

A photographic essay of some the Capes most famous homesteads.






Price – $27.00 (ZAR-260.00)

Before we Forget – The Story of Fish Hoek

A charming and concise history of the iconic town by the sea which “started” in 1883. A must have for anyone interested in the history of the cape’s seaside towns.

Price – $35.00 (ZAR-380.00)

Before We Forget. The Story of Fish Hoek.



Price – $32.00 (ZAR-280.00)

Beloved Partner – Mary Moffat of Kuruman.

A biography based on the letters of Mary Moffat, wife of missionary Robert Moffat of Kuruman. Orange soft card covers. Minor shelf wear otherwise a good clean copy.

Price – $30.00 (ZAR-300.00)

Better than they knew

Two volumes. 239 and 214pp. “The personal stories of individuals (South Africans) who have made a mark in their own sphere”. published in 1972 and 1974.

Price – $27.00 (ZAR-250.00)

Beyond the City Lights.

The story of the Western Province – the towns and the farms, the life and the people, the folklore and the legends.

Price – $15.00 (ZAR-180.00)

Biographical Memoir of John Montagu

With a sketch of the public affairs connected with the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, during his administration as colonial secretary from 1843 to 1853. Bookplate of R.F. Thorold to the paste down and another owner’s name to the fep.

Price – $23.00 (ZAR-250.00)

Bladwijzer op de Notulen van den Edel Achtbaren Tweeden Volksraad van het Jaar 1891.

Text: Dutch/Afrikaans. The minutes of the sitting of the Second Volksraad. Convened by Kruger in 1891. 2cm closed tear on the lower page edge next to gutter. Insect damage to front and rear fep and the side of front paste-down.

Price – $65.00 (ZAR-700.00)

Bwana – Go Home

An account of life in Zambia in the early seventies. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Wear to edges and corners of covers. Hinge of front cover split at top. Dust jacket is worn and browned on inside.

Price – $20.00 (ZAR-140.00)

C. Graham Botha’s Collected Works: 3 Volumes

Vol 1: General History and Social Life of the Cape of Good Hope.
Vol 2: History of Law, Medicine and Place Names in the Cape of Good Hope.
Vol 3: Cape Archives and Records



Price – $66.00 (ZAR-700.00)

Caernarvon, the Gateway to Snowdonia, Official Handboek

Includes one pull out map.

Cape Dutch Houses and Other Old Favourites.

An exploration of 150 Cape Dutch houses in the south western Cape. Includes colour and b/w photographs.

Price – $35.00 (ZAR-350.00)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century

This volume begins where its companion volume, “Cape Town: The Making of a City” left off, with Capetonians on the eve of the South African War as well as a new century.

Price – $25.00 (ZAR-300)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century. An Illustrated Social History.

“Cape Town in the Twentieth Century begins where its companion volume, Cape Town: the Making of a City, left off: with Capetonians on the eve of the South African War as well as a new century. The two books together form a modern history of the city.”

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-480.00)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century. An Illustrated Social History.

Some wrinkling on half-title page with mild abrasions on the verso. Contents clean and tightly bound.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-450.00)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century. An Illustrated Social History.

This volume begins where its companion volume, “Cape Town: The Making of a City” left off, with Capetonians on the eve of the South African War as well as a new century.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-480.00)

Cape Town Pictures – A collection of fifteen Photographic Views

This book contains 15 beautiful black and white images of iconic Cape Town landmarks, including Table Bay, Adderley street and Parliament.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-450.00)

Cape Views and Costumes: Water-Colours by HC De Meillon in the Brenthurst Collection, Johannesburg

86 plates. Accompanied by pamphlet: De Meillon’s People of Colour by Robert C-H Shell. Standard edition of 850 copies bound in cloth. Rust tinted top-edge.

Price – $65.00 (ZAR-800.00)