Hannes Meiring

Battle of the Books – Hannes Meiring versus Hannes Meiring reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal.

Hannes Meiring : My Country in Line and Colour - An Unconventional Look at South African Architecture. Fernwood Press, 2004.  Meiring was a fine architect who died in 2010.  He was a sensitive conservation and heritage professional.   Published some 11 years ago this finely produced volume is a compilation of many of Meiring’s architectural sketches and water colours.

Western Provincial versus Transvaal Republican

Battle of the Books – Western Provincial versus Transvaal Republican reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal.

Western Provincial an album of Paintings and Drawings of the Western Cape, by Desiree Picton-Seymour and R I B Webster,  1952, Maskew Miller, Cape Town, 36 plates, 80 pages. This book was a collaborative effort by the artist (Picton-Seymour) and the author (Webster). The charm of this slender volume is that it captures in tipped in plates and scraper board drawings some of the architecture of the Western Cape .  It is an artistic and romantic gem.

Fietas, A social History of Pageview

Battle of the Books – Insider and Outsider view of Fietas/Pageview reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal.

Nasir Carrim:  Fietas, A social History of Pageview, 1948-1988, published by Save Pageview Association, 1990.  Softcover, A4 size, 191 pages, illustrated, maps.   This book in its day was an item of campaign literature to Save Pageview from demolition and the ravages of apartheid social engineering. It was a sad and disgraceful story and the people of Pageview fought valiantly for their rights of ownership and a city presence for the Indian Community. Who wanted to move or be moved to Lenasia?

The Barnett Collection (Vols I & II)

Battle of the Books – The Barnett Collection (Vols I & II) reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal.

The Barnett Collection A Pictorial Record of Early Johannesburg, published by the Star to commemorate the City’s 80th year (Johannesburg, 1966).  This  large volume of sepia toned photographs of early years of life in Johannesburg was such a success that it became volume 1 of the now much sought after two volume set.  The Barnett brothers, David and Joseph were photographers  of the town.  Their collection of over two thousand prints became a valuable and essential photographic record and resource of the emerging town and pioneering gold mining initiatives.

Memoirs of Early Johannesburg

Battle of the Books – Memoirs of Early Johannesburg reviewed by Kathy Munro and posted on the website of The Heritage Portal and well worth reading.

Johannesburg Pioneer Journals 1888 – 1909 edited by Maryna Fraser, published by the Van Riebeeck Society Cape Town 1985, Second Series no 16.  This is an elegant well presented volume and an excellent item of Johannesburg history.  The Van Riebeeck Society was well known for its reproductions of choice Africana diaries, travel books, memoirs and  biographies.  This volume marked the centenary of Johannesburg and brought to light four early eye witness accounts of life in the mining town between 1888 and 1909.  Charles Du Val was a theatre man, from an Irish family who settled in England. Du Val travelled through South Africa, performing, observing and writing about his experiences.  His series of four articles were published in “the Weekly Irish Times” in Dublin and give his impressions of life in early Johannesburg.

Association copies: what are they?

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When an author places their signature in a book then it is described as signed. When there is a message attached to that signature then it is described as inscribed. However, if the person receiving the inscription happens to be famous or important in some way then that book is described as an association copy. Continue reading