Beyond the Orange River; or, Scenes in Southern Africa
Thomas Cautley Newby. 1861, First Edition. Hardcover, with dust jacket. 311 pages (complete). Ex-library (Christ Church Library, Leigh Road) copy with consequent label and use. The frontispage has an ex-libris plate for (Guy) Carleton Jones (mine engineer in the Witwatersrand and after whom Carletonville - the mining town - is named). The book was published by Thomas Cautley Newby, who, although his publishing history was long, and well known (he published Emily and Anne Bronte and Trollope), was also notorious for less than sound financial dealings. Charlotte BrontÃ« called him a shuffling scamp, but thought he might be a needy one too. The condition of the boards of this copy may have some pedigree in Newby's cavalier production values. The boards have wear, marks, scuffing all about. The spine is much cracked and worn: it has been repaired. The spine is dark from handling, shelving. The boards have handling and storage marks. Nonetheless, the boards and spine are fit and efficiently sturdy. The initial pages have wear and marks. The guttering along the dedication page is cracked, but does not affect the security of the book. The papertrims are tanned. Whilst there are the expected signs of age, these are few and far between. There is some light wear about the edges. Instead, the pages are clean, clear, convivial, benign, benevolent, confident, healthy, keen. fk. Very Good/No Jacket.
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