Title: Lewe van Genl. Andries Pretorius
Publisher: Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel, Johannesburg
Publication Date: 1938
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: 1st Edition
No date but second ed. gives date of publ. of 1st ed. as January 1938. Publisher's original blue boards faded and shelf-rubbed. The "Pretorius Wapen" in faded gilt to the upper board. Faded gilt titling to spine which is sunned and discoloured. Publisher's details in faded gilt to lower board. The corners are scuffed as are the spine extremities. The boards' edges are rubbed. The spine edge is rubbed at the upper board and there is a long split at the lower board edge as well as some fraying. There are no markings, of ownership or otherwise, and the contents are undiscoloured. The binding is good although there is a developing crack at p. 385. There is some light spotting to the edges of the text-block. The volume presents a number of puzzles however. There is a half-title page but no title page and no indication that this has been removed. The plain blue endpapers (which may be of later provenance) bear the stamp "Parys Public Library ORC" and yet there is no other indication of library provenance and if the book was published in 1938 this would have been 28 years after the dissolution of the Orange River Colony (ORC). There is a short wry preface ("Vooraf") which states: "Die uitgewer bied hiermee aan die lesers sy nederige verontskuldiginge aan vir menige, helaas, onvermydelike tipografiese ongeregtigheid in hierdie eerste uitgaaf van ANDRIES PRETORIUS, waaraan die skrywer geen skuld het nie. Hy hoop ewenwel om dit binnekort te vergoed in die reeds aanstaande tweede uitgaaf. Die skrywer vra om te se, dat hy nie heeltemal sonder belangstelling sal afwag om te verneem wat tydgenote van sy werk denk wanneer die taal-indunas mitsgaders ander verdienstelike kritikasers uitgepraat is oor die spelling". This presumably alludes to the transitional nature of Afrikaans at the time of publication. 491pp. + xxvii (index). Bookseller Inventory # 001193
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