Early Diamond Days. The opening of the Diamond Fields of South Africa.

£18.00

The early days of diamond mining in South Africa presents a fascinating and little known way of life that began with the first chance discovery of a diamond in the bed of the Orange River and ended with the foundation of the mammoth De Beers organization in 1888.Much life is given to the book by liberal quotations from first-hand accounts,both of visitors attracted to the mines,and the diggers themselves,a strange and colourful collection of men,some of whom later achieved fame and vast wealth.

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Both in h/b in nice clean boards,in good illustrated d/w’s one price-clipped,the library copy of which has a protective cover,a little edge-worn and chipped in places with some very slight loss at top of spine.sizes 9×6 pp 9+237,inc,bibliography,photographic plates,The library copy has all the usual stamps and the remaines from torn-off lables.All hinges strong,Bindings good to firm,some foxing to the d/w of best copy,and a little hand-soiled at prelims.However both copies are generally clean internally.

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