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Cape Country Furniture. A Pictorial Survey of Regional Styles, Materials and Techniques in the Cape Province of South Africa
(Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1971). . Number 137 of an edition limited to two hundred copies in a special quarter leather binding, signed by both authors. With an historical introduction by Dr Mary Alexander Cook. 4to; original brown quarter leather, lettered in gilt on spine; marbled boards; gilt publisher's monogram to upper cover; dustwrapper; pp. xviii + 286, incl. index; map; profusely illustrated with photographs of specimen pieces. Dustwrapper with a few small impresions to upper panel, trace of wear to tail of spine panel, and some foxing to reverse; very occasional minor fox spot. An excellent copy of this specially-bound, signed version of the first edition. "From the beginning of the 19C Cape Town and the Boland were swamped with imported furniture. For physical and financial reasons the Cape country districts escaped this fate for almost three generations; and during this period there developed the wealth of style and variety of design described in this absorbing book... What emerges is that Cape country furniture is considerably richer in style and variety than that of Cape Town and the Boland. It is worthy of serious study and deeper appreciation than has been the case in the past. With this in mind, the authors systematically searched the Cape platteland for many years; they found and studied examples of locally-made furniture, and took the 960 photographs that are reproduced in this book. From these research data they were able to describe and to classify the regional styles, the craftsmen, and the timbers.".
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N° du livre: 10696
GBP 105.00 [Appr.: EURO 115.5 | CHF 124]
Mots-clés: . . Restoration. Material Culture. Woods. African Folk Crafts

Town Furniture of the Cape
(Cape Town: Struik, 1987) 086977302X. . 4to; original brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 224, incl. index; profusely illustrated, incl. a section in full-colour. A little foxing to edges and endpapers. Very good condition. Landmark work on this subject. "While the text examines the background of styles and individual pieces such as the Cape armoire, rusbanke, bureaux, tables and chairs, and discusses the influences that various European styles had on Cape furniture designs, the emphasis of this book rests on the visual. Over 900 black and white photographs as well as 30 colour plates have been reproduced to give collectors and historians an outstanding record of the furniture of this period. Town Furniture of the Cape is the most comprehensive work on the subject to date and is without doubt a major contribution to South Africa's cultural heritage.".
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N° du livre: 11268
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 33 | CHF 35.5]
Mots-clés: . Hope. Urban Dwellings. Material Culture.

Siegel. Bibliothek Für Kunst- Und Antiquitätensammler Band 11
(Berlin, Richard Carl Schmidt & Co, 1918). . 8vo; original grey paper over limp boards with embossed red seal decoration, slightly rubbed and shelf-worn; previous owner's bookplate attached to front pastedown; pp. 189 + adverts, including index; numerous black-and-white photographs in text; scattered very slight browning, especially to edges. Good condition. German text..
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N° du livre: 1890
GBP 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 16.5 | CHF 18]
Mots-clés: . . Seals. . Germany. Deutsch

Bibliophilia Africana [3 Volumes]
(Cape Town: South African Library, 1966-1985). . Three volumes, containing the Proceedings of the first (1966), second (1974), and fifth (1985) Conferences of South African Bibliophiles. Size varies between 214 x 150 mm and 230 x 165 mm; wrappers; illustrations. Wrappers a little rubbed; some spotting. Good to very good condition. Some contributions in Afrikaans, but largely in English. "This is the first conscious symbiosis of booklovers in South Africa, and despite the fact that we are a heterogeneous group of people, who are not all interested in the same aspects of books, we all do have a common interest in books in South Africa.".
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N° du livre: 11344
GBP 22.50 [Appr.: EURO 24.75 | CHF 26.5]
Mots-clés: . Printed Works. Mission Presses

Not to Rust Unburnished. The Memoirs of Frank Rosslyn Bradlow 1913 - 2000
(Cape Town: privately published, 2002) 062028918X. . Published in June 2002 in a limited edition of 100 copies. Small 4to; light brown cloth, lettered in black on spine; printed dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. (x) + 181; photographs; artwork; facsmiles; maps; genealogical table. Housed in the original publisher's sleeve. Fine condition. "I started dictating these memoirs about six or seven years ago, doing so whenever the mood came on me... The final result ... is not a strictly chronological account but a series of vignettes of people, places and events; random memories rather than an autobiography." - From the author's Foreword. Frank Bradlow was widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on collectable early Africana, both printed works and art..
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N° du livre: 11067
GBP 55.00 [Appr.: EURO 60.5 | CHF 65]
Mots-clés: Editions. . . Biography

Marks and Monograms on European and Oriental Pottery and Porcelain with Historical Notices of Each Manufactory; over 5000 Potters' Marks and Illustrations;... Edited by Frederick Litchfield... Fourteenth Issue, with Extended List of Sale Prices to D
(London, Reeves and Turner, 1931). . Large octavo, original gilt-decorative maroon cloth, spine slightly faded, top edge gilt, pp. xxviii + 1095 + (11: advertisements), numerous illustrations (makers' marks) in the text. '"The New Chaffers"; enlarged and revised, also over 1500 new marks included.' Endpapers slightly browned..
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N° du livre: 2541
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 22 | CHF 24]
Mots-clés: . Antique . . Ceramics. .

1000 Chairs
(Cologne: Taschen, 2001) 382281198X. . 8vo; laminated limp pictorial boards; pp. 768; profusely illustrated with photographs of chairs, largely in full colour. Very slightly rubbed at head of spine; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper. Very good condition. Text in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, but with sufficient information in the pictures and captions for the English reader to identify the chairs and their makers..
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N° du livre: 10913
GBP 5.00 [Appr.: EURO 5.5 | CHF 6]
Mots-clés: . Furniture. Restoration. Material Culture. Woods. Design

Domestic Interiors at the Cape and in Batavia 1602-1795
(Cape Town: Fernwood Press, 2002) 1874950687. . 240Large 4to; original blue boards, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 240; profusely illustrated with contemporary artwork and large, full-colour photographs of the pieces described. Earlier owner's bookplate to front pastedown. Fine condition. "This book focuses on seventeenth and eighteenth-century domestic interiors at the Cape and in Batavia. Its publication marks not only the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), but also the 350th anniversary of Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on the Cape. Domestic Interiors at the Cape and in Batavia 1602-1795 is the first publication ever to discuss furniture from the Indies and the Cape in relation to each other. The Cape was an important staging post on the VOC merchantmen's voyage to the Far East. This fact gave rise to the development of a flourishing Dutch community there, with strong links both to Holland and to Batavia. This book examines both the physical legacy of this community and the fascinating history of domestic furnishings in Batavia, a leading VOC trading post in the Far East.".
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N° du livre: 11056
GBP 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 38.5 | CHF 41.5]
Mots-clés: Material Culture. Decor. Colonisation. Indonesia. Good Hope

Antiques and Bygones
(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1967). . 8vo; original yellow boards, lettered in black on spine; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (xiv) + 123, incl. index; plates. Dustwrapper a little foxed and edgeworn; spine very slightly cocked; gift inscription to front free endpaper; earlier owner's small sellotape repair to scuff on front pastedown and free endpaper; trace of foxing to edges and endpapers. Good condition. "This is an exciting book by Denis Godfrey for collectors of antiques and objects of Africana interest. The author had great success with The Enchanted Door, a work on African book collecting which sold out two editions in a short time. Antiques and Bygones is about objects rather than books, and might be termed a notebook for South African collectors. The subjects dealt with concisely and clearly include furniture, colour prints, silver, Persian rugs, jewellery, beds, glass, pewter, dolls, chamber pots and many other items... Denis Godfrey, who was born in the Transkei of 1820 Settler ancestry, is a Johannesburg journalist and has written and lectured extensively on Africana, which he began collecting 25 years ago.".
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N° du livre: 9585
GBP 5.00 [Appr.: EURO 5.5 | CHF 6]
Mots-clés: . . Collectables. Collectibles. . . . . . . . . . .

Pictorial Africana. A Survey of Old South African Paintings, Drawings and Prints to the End of the Nineteenth Century with a Biographical Dictionary of One Thousand Artists
(Cape Town: A.A. Balkema, 1974) 0869610708. . 4to; original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, with gilt publisher's monogram to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. x + 254; numerous illustrations, full-page and in text, incl. colour and folding. Merest trace of edgewear to dustwrapper; earlier owner's tiny label to front free endpaper; very occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "Paintings and drawings from earliest times up to the year 1900 are discussed and considerable attention has been given to the neglected subject of prints of South African interest. The main body of this work is a biographical dictionary, with over 1000 entries. Here will be found notes on all the known artists and engravers who contributed to South Africa's pictorial history... Collectors and Africana specialists will find this work an indispensible reference and working tool. Other readers, with a more general interest in the social and cultural background, will find that historical fact has been amplified by pictorial Africana.".
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N° du livre: 10793
GBP 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 16.5 | CHF 18]
Mots-clés: Visual Art. Hope. Africa. . . . . . Travel. Exploration

In Search of Voc Glass
(Cape Town, Maskew Miller Limited, no date, [foreword dated 1951]). . Small 4to; original blue skivertex; no dustwrapper; pp. 103; frontispiece; plates, with tissue-guards. Special de luxe edition limited to 300 copies; this copy number 232, signed by the author. Slightest wear to head of spine; trace of spotting to top edge. Very good condition. Seminal work on a contentious area of collecting: glassware bearing the monogram of the Dutch East India Company..
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N° du livre: 7903
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 22 | CHF 24]
Mots-clés: South Africa. Hope. . Collectable Collectible . . .

(London: Country Life Books, 1980). . 8vo; original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine; price-clipped laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 128; line drawings; photographs, some of which in colour. A volume in 'The Country Life Library of Antiques' series. Dustwrapper rubbed and a bit edgeworn; a little foxing to edges, and to reverse of dustwrapper. Good to very good condition. "Chairs are probably the ideal item for the beginner-collector... Here, Edward Joy looks back over the very long history of chairs in Britain beginning with the most recent ones of wickerwork and turned wood, and the chairs of state, symbols of great power and authority.".
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N° du livre: 10902
GBP 4.00 [Appr.: EURO 4.5 | CHF 5]
Mots-clés: Furniture .

Bottles & Bygones. A Guide for South African Collectors
(Cape Town: Don Nelson, 1990) 186806073X. . 4to; original pale blue papered boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; decorative endpapers; pp. 104, incl. index; generously illustrated with full-colour photographs of antique South African bottles and lids, reproductions of contemporary artwork, diagrams and line drawings. Earlier owner's bookplate to front free endpaper verso. Near fine condition. "Although much has been written on old bottles in Britain and America, this is the first book to be written for South African collectors. Its extensive colour photographs help identify old bottles that are found in South Africa, while the illustrations of old articles and advertisements give a delightful insight into the place of our memorabilia in everyday Victorian life. Not only glass bottles, but other items found in the same locations, such as stoneware containers, beautifully decorated porcelain pot lids, china dolls, and pipes, are discussed in this comprehensive book. Many of the items discussed were manufactured in Britain, but the stories of these products reflect fascinating aspects of industrial and cultural development of South Africa.".
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N° du livre: 11049
GBP 12.50 [Appr.: EURO 13.75 | CHF 15]
Mots-clés: . . Producers

The Practical Book of Oriental Rugs; New, Revised Edition with 32 Color Plates, 80 Halftones and Numerous Line Designs
(Philadelphia and New York, J.B. Lippincott Company, 6th, revised edition, 2nd impression, 1945). . Original cloth, slightly worn, endpaper maps, pp. xvii + 317, 112 plates, including several in colour. Edges slightly foxed. A valuable reference..
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N° du livre: 2827
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 13.25 | CHF 14.5]
Mots-clés: Antique . . . Textiles. . Carpets.

Illustrated History of Furniture from the Earliest to the Present Time Containing Four Hundred Representative Examples of the Different Periods
(London, Truslove and Hanson, 7th edition, revised and considerably enlarged, 1922). . Quarto, original red cloth, gilt-lettered on the spine and upper board, a few small stains, pp. xix + 459 + (1), numerous text-illustrations. Tape-marks on the endpapers, some foxing on the preliminary pages, brown stain penetrating one-half-inch into the top margin of several leaves towards the end of the book..
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N° du livre: 2836
GBP 16.00 [Appr.: EURO 17.75 | CHF 19]
Mots-clés: Antique . . Interior Decor. .

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