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

Rhodes’ Library at Groote Schuur

Annette van den Heever – Philobiblon issue No.10 of January 1994

The cataloguing of a private library has an aura of adventure and excitement of discovery which is missing from the cataloguing of books in the ordinary lending or University Libraries.   It was, therefore, with a feeling of expectation, albeit mixed  with trepidation, that I started the cataloguing of the Library of Cecil John Rhodes at Groote Schuur during 1972.

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Votes & Views -19 – The Enigmatic Ornithologist

Let’s face it, among billions of very ordinary people, most of average intelligence and abilities, there is always a scattering of truly extraordinary folk, people gifted with one or more talents that tower so far above their contemporaries, that they become legends.

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