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Rare South African Book up for Charity Auction to Celebrate World Book Day

Antiquarian Auctions, a Cape Town-based international auction platform dedicated to the sale of rare books, maps, and other documents, is celebrating World Book Day (23 April) by auctioning a facsimile copy of Samuel Daniell’s African Scenery and Animals, estimated to be worth $700 (about R8 500).

The auction is running from 16 to 23 April, and the full proceeds will be donated to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to help it in its attempts to reduce illiteracy in South Sudan.

A facsimile reprint of the large folio of aquatint plates first published in 1804 – 1805.

30 colour plates, half blue leather and marbled boards, a new copy from the publisher’s stock.

With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Frank R. Bradlow. Number 404 of an edition limited to 550 copies signed by Frank Bradlow.

‘Samuel Daniell’s folio album of plates” African Scenery and Animals” was the first of the great colour-plate books produced about Southern Africa. It precedes William Cornwallis Harris’s Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa the second of these albums – by some thirty years. Daniell’s splendid atlas folio album differs in important respects from nearly all its great successors; the main difference arises from its early date of publication (preceding the first British occupation of the Cape) and it this belongs to an historical era in which the British were not firmly established” and records a different milieu from those that followed.’ From the introduction by Frank Bradlow.

Press release:

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has recently started a campaign among its international members, to support the UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day on the 23rd April 2015. ILAB is the umbrella organization of the professional rare book trade uniting 22 national associations and around 2000 rare book dealers in 34 countries worldwide.

“This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance.” says Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The campaign is aimed at raising funds that will be donated to UNESCO. Organised by ILAB, antiquarian booksellers worldwide will organize Pop Up Book Fairs in their home cities and towns on the 23rd of April, often in unusual locations to reach a wider audience. In an official statement ILAB has communicated: “Book collectors start as book readers! If we are concerned about the future of the book and younger generations of collectors, we must start at the very beginning. That’s why ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on April 23, will be more than just a fair: they will be a venue for raising money to fight illiteracy! UNESCO is the most powerful worldwide partner we could have, and the UNESCO Sahara literacy projects deserve all our support. The money raised on the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs will be used for a books’ donation in schools and libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa.” is an online auction platform, founded by antiquarian bookseller Paul Mills of Clarke’s Africana & Rare Books, who is a member of the British Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association (ABA) and therefore a member of the international trade association ILAB. is an international auction platform, dedicated to the sale of rare books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography and operates from offices in Cape Town. Paul Mills: “Even though we are an international business, our offices are based in Cape Town, South Africa and we felt that it is particularly important for us to support the campaign. South Africa alone has very high levels of illiteracy with varying statistics. We need to support education and training to fight illiteracy.”

At the next auction which runs from 16-23rd April, Clarke’s Rare Books & Africana will sell a facsimile copy of S. Daniell’s: African Scenery and Animals, donating the proceeds to UNESCO. This is a facsimile reprint of the large folio of aquatint plates, first published in 1804-1805 with an introduction and notes by Frank Bradlow and signed by him.

Samuel Daniell arrived at the Cape on 9 December 1799. He was appointed by Lieutenant-General Dundas, who became his patron there, and to whom the first volume (part) is dedicated, to act as secretary to a mission to the ‘Booshuanas’. The expedition eventually reached Lataku, at that time the limit of European exploration, and was the source for Daniell of the plates.’ Daniell’s African Scenery and Animals is described as ‘the scarcest and most valuable of the large atlas folios of South African illustrations.’ (Mendelssohn, South African Bibliography)

Description: 30 colour plates, large folio (610 x 460 mm), half blue leather, marbled boards, a fine copy, Facsimile reprint. One of an edition limited to 550 copies, Cape Town, (1804-1805) 1976. Estimate: $700

Please note that only this item will be donated to charity. The auction is not an entire charity auction. is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. Dealers and collectors worldwide have been selling and bidding on the site since 2010. Only established booksellers who are members of major national trade associations such as ABA, ABAA, PBFA or SABDA or are of good standing in the trade are permitted to sell on the site.

Auctions are held every five weeks and run on the model of a timed auction for one week. All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged.

Next auction: Auction #42: 16 – 23 April 2015



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