The idea of forming an association for bibliophiles – being book-lovers who shared interests in all aspects of the book beyond its purely literary content – came to fruition in the early 1990’s. Frikkie Botha gathered some 20 prospective founder members in the South African Library and decided to launch a society with the object of ‘promoting the knowledge of, and interest in, books in general, and in particular to extend and improve interest in collecting and preservation of books and related printed material’.
From these humble beginnings, the Society has grown to respectable proportions with new members joining all the time.
Members who have a special interest and want to share it with other members are supplied with a forum where they can air their pet subject during get-togethers.
Look upon books frankly as a vice, but one which leaves some respectable evidence of its pleasure to show for it. It’s cheaper than a mistress, and far more amenable to your mood and convenience. And if you pursue book collecting properly, chances are you can’t afford a mistress and that alone will save you a peck of trouble!Norman H. Strouse, an avid book collector and learned amateur bookman