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 “Association copies: what are they?”
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.
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.
Justice O’Regan retired last term from the South African Constitutional Court (to which she was appointed by Nelson Mandela when it was first constituted in 1994). She will teach for the BCL/Mjur course on Socio-Economic Rights and Substantive Equality.
compiled in 1995 with some updating since then – June 2010
The idea of some organisation for book-lovers arose with a few like-minded friends in Cape Town in 1989. Some were already members of the Association of Friends of the South African Library as well as active volunteer supporters of that historic institution, then still independent but now the Cape Town Campus of the National Library of South Africa. The Library was fortunate in having a succession of enthusiastic bibliophiles at its head and on its staff and had attracted many beneficiaries in its 180 year old history. Continue reading “The Society of Bibliophiles in Cape Town – early days”