Collectors alert: Africana classics on sale
27 July 2012 | Sapa
Any serious Africana collector should give serious consideration to these items.
Copy number 430 of 500 of a limited edition published in 1899 and signed by
Rowland Ward, H. Brydena’s Great And Small Game Of Africa, with 15 hand-coloured illustrations and many more is expected to sell for R12 000-R16 000 as Lot 70.
A good copy of Captain W Cornwallis Harris’s Portraits Of The Game And
Wild Animals Of Southern Africa, 1840 edition, a handsome copy as Lot 129 is estimated at R80 000-R120 000.
The famous Book Of Antelopes by
Sclater and Oldfield, first edition 1894-1900 in four volumes and bound
in three-quarter leather should sell at
R46 000-R55 000 as Lot 196.
In the set there are 100 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Similarly Andrew Smith’s Illustrations Of The Zoology Of South Africa, five volumes in four and bound in three-quarters leather, Lot 202, first edition of 1849 is estimated at R50 000-R70 000.
The offering of books on SA art and artists is particularly strong and the items on offer are too numerous to mention. However, Lot 120 Stephen Gray and Cecil Skotnes’ Man Gold, a private edition limited to 75 copies numbered one to 75 (of which this copy is number 13) deserves special mention.
It contains 28 coloured woodcuts by Skotnes, each signed and numbered with six poems and text by Gray.
The book is hand bound by the late Peter Carstens in full Oasis goatskin in custom-made slipcase.
Its estimate is R25 000-R30 000. Similarly there is Lot 106, Charles Ellingtons’ 10 poems with 10 original signed woodcuts by Skotnes. An edition of 75 (this is No 31), has an estimate R23 000-R26 000.
Another real gem is Walter Battiss: The Artists Of The Rocks, Red Fawn Press 1948. What makes this copy (Lot 48) noteworthy is its extremely fine dustjacket. The estimated price is R8 000-R10 000. Also on offer is the rare Dooksomoonka™ 77 Fook Island 19 Joonookerie 28 Septookerie™, published by Battiss circa 1982, Lot 47, estimate R2 000-
R3 000. Finally in the varied offering of books which also include Africana Memorabilia and manuscripts, there are 16 lots of Anglo-Boer War focus.
This sale should cater for the full range of interests of the Africana book collector.
For further information contact Peter Digby at 011-880-3125 or peter.digby@ stephanwelzandco.co.za or www.stephanwelzandco.co.za
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