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Die Bruin Kokon

By: Philander, P J

Price: $66.50

Publisher: Kosmo-Uitgewery Edms Bpk., Stellenbosch, 1965

Edition: Limited


Complete. Numbered 722 of a limited edition of 1000 copies. A most satisfying copy of this wrenchingly beautiful book. The dustjacket - that is stuck to the boards - is worn, scuffed, creased. It is still dramatic, secure and sure. The contents are in excellent condition. The illustrations by Langdown are vivid, vibrant, visceral. The pages are clean, clear, embracing. fk View more info

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Eerste Gedigte

By: Krog, Antjie

Price: $57.00

Publisher: Human & Rousseau, 1984


104 pages plus contents pages (complete). In Afrikaans throughout. First edition of the collected collections: 'Dogter van Jefta' ; 'Januarie Suite'. A tidy, contented copy. The laminated covers are sound, healthy. They have some very, very mild storage tanning. Within, the contents are in excellent order. Krog's lyricism is well served by the suitably spaced, placed, contents. The pages are clean, clear, generous, acute. fk View more info

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For Rhino in a Shrinking World - An international anthology

By: Owen, Harry (Ed)

Price: $61.75

Publisher: The Poets Printery, East London, 2013

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed


202 pages (complete). Signed by Harry Owen on the title page. A comfortable copy of this anthology of poems to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino. The covers have wear about the edges and seams. They are sure, placid, healthy. The contents have some mild evidence of happy use. The page corners have very mild wear. Otherwise, the contents are bright, eager, tidy, clean and clear, pleasing. fk View more info

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From Mimosa Land

By: Slater, Francis Carey

Price: $11.40

Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1910

Edition: First Edition


133 pages (complete). A stoic copy. At some stage the book has been subjected to damp storage conditions. This affected the covers rather than the contents. The boards and cloth spine have much wear and marking. They are firm and passive. Within, the contents have foxing and wear throughout. The pages are yet thick, clear, generous of spirit, convivial. fk View more info

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Heuning in die Mond

By: Priester, Jak de

Price: $36.10

Publisher: The Author, 2005

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed


79 pages (complete). Signed by de Priester on the title page (a dedicatee's name has been vigorous scribbled over). In Afrikaans throughout. A placid copy. The covers have wear and scuffing. They are contented and secure. The contents are bright, clean, clear, energetic and engaging. fk View more info

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Lush : poems for four voices

By: Kruger, Haidee

Price: $12.35

Publisher: Protea Book House, Pretoria, 2007

Edition: First Edition


64 pages (complete). A neat, alert copy. The covers are bright, mildly worn about the edges. The contents are healthy. The final pages have shallow creases to the bottom corners. The contents are fresh, clean, clear, energetic, serene. fk View more info

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Modern Poems

By: Hamilton, William

Price: $90.25

Publisher: B H Blackwell, Oxford / Longmans, Green & Co., New York / T Maskew Miller, Cape Town, 1917

Edition: First Edition


57 pages (complete). An aging, valiant copy. Included: A newspaper clipping about Hamilton, who fell in battle in 1917. The boards are much worn and scuffed all about. The spine has been repaired with a leather strip. The pages are mellowed with age. They have foxing and some light wear. The pages are thick, certain, clear, poignant. fk View more info

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Pen-sketse / Pen-sketches

By: Coetzer, W. H

Price: $171.00

Publisher: Cum-Boeke, Roodepoort, 1981

Edition: Limited


67 pages (complete). Numbered 166 of a limited edition of 500 copies. In Afrikaans and English. A tidy copy. The dustjacket has storage / shelving wear to the top edges in particular. The dj is otherwise smart and secure. The boards are healthy. Within, the contents are most agreeable. The pages are very clean and clear, amiable and amenable, generous and contented. fk View more info

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Six South African Flowers and Verse

By: Kolbe, F C ; Tucker, Herbert, "Gordonia", Cole, Maud Wynne ; Bromley, Beatrice M

Price: $14.25

Publisher: Juta and Co., Ltd., Cape Town, Johannesburg, 1925

Edition: First Edition


Complete. Six coloured tipped-in plates. These are genteel and bourgeois. String binding. The covers are neat, gratifying. Pressed text. The contents have some light storage foxing here and there. The contents are mild-mannered, contented, healthy, clean, clear, generous. fk View more info

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Six South African Scenes and Verse

By: Kolbe, F C ; Tucker, Herbert, "Gordonia", Cole, Maud Wynne

Price: $18.05

Publisher: Juta and Co., Ltd., Cape Town, Johannesburg, 1925

Edition: First Edition


Complete. Six coloured tipped-in plates (complete). A tidy, neat copy. String binding. The covers are genial, contented, sure. They have mild storage tanning about the edges. Pressed text. The contents are genteel, homely, clean, clear, genial, companionable. fk View more info

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Sometimes, Suddenly (Mantis editions of Southern African poets, 2)

By: Bryer, Sally; Cope, Jack [Editor]

Price: $4.75

Publisher: David Philip Publishers, 1973

Edition: First Edition


25 pages (complete). "Perhaps my fear/ is that we swear/ too much - we never/ leave our love / like quietly folded hands./ We touch each other's faces / with words, watching / to see each other dissolve./ And each time / we stiffen more quickly./ With every 'I love you'/ we fill the closing vein/ of silence." The covers are worn and tanned but still firm and sure and patient. The frontispage has a gift inscription to a teacher followed by signatures of her pupi... View more info

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Sounds of a Cowhide Drum: Poems by Oswald Joseph Mtshali

By: Mtshali, Oswald Joseph

Price: $5.70

Publisher: Renoster Books, 1972

Edition: Sixth Impression


Foreword by Nadine Gordimer. The boards are shelf rubbed, edge worn and a touch marked, though they remain whole and bright. Internally, there is a previous owner's signature on the front end page, and the first and last few pages are foxed, this does not extend into the body of the book. Aside from this, there are no other markings or inscriptions and the pages within are crisp and complete. Tightly bound and protected in plastic. JNor View more info

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The Dreamer Man: Poetic Insights

By: Cohen, John Brett

Price: $76.00

Publisher: John Brett Cohen, 1986


This large book comes with its own protective slipcase. The boards are pristine, and without visible defect. There is a tiny smudge on the back, and the gold gilt of the front board is a touch rubbed, but apart from this, the boards are strong and square. Internally, the pages are absolutely impeccable. There are no markings or inscriptions, and the pages within are crisp, clean and complete. The binding remains beautifully strong. A well preserved and charming book. JV.... View more info

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The Passing Show

By: Du Plessis, I D

Price: $57.00

Publisher: Buren Publishers, Cape Town, 1973

Edition: Limited

Inscription: Signed


60 pages (complete). Signed by Izak du Plessis on the frontispage (dated: 8/5/74). Unnumbered copy of a limited edition of 500 copies. Included is a press obituary for du Plessis. A benign copy. The dustjacket has wear, scuffing and marks all about. It is placid. The boards are mild and hale. Within, the contents have some areas of tanning to the frontis and end papers. The pages are clean, clear, comfortable, affable, redolent of their time, certain. fk View more info

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The Voice of the Veldt : South African Poems

By: Thompson, Owen R

Price: $38.00

Publisher: The Epworth Press, London, 1930

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed


128 pages (complete). Signed by Owen R Thompson and on behalf of Ethel Thompson (dated: 13/11/1931 Beaufort West). The boards are much worn, marked and scuffed. They are amiable and benign, secure and passive. Within, there are previous owner signatures (including that of the station foreman of Bethulie!). The contents are mild. The frontispage has handling marks. The pages are clean, clear, affable, tidy, comfortable, amenable. fk View more info