Leather-Bound Editions

Depending on the subject matter, Fernwood Press may produce a Collectors' Edition only, or a Sponsors' and Collectors' Edition, in addition to the unnumbered Standard Edition.

Collectors' Editions

The Abundant Herds: A celebration of the Nguni cattle of the Zulu people
Volumes 85, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94

Do not miss out on this enchantingly interesting book. First published in 2003, it is now in its fifth reprint.

This unique publication contributes to the recording and understanding of a significant aspect of South Africa's cultural heritage. It is an appreciation of the creative imagination and linguistic versatility of the Zulu people. It is about human creativity. Not the creativity of the plastic arts, or of music, but rather that of the poet, the wordsmith. It gives an overview of the history of the Nguni cattle and their economic, social, political and spiritual importance to the Zulu people, both past and present.

Text by Marguerite Poland and Professor David Hammond-Tooke
Illustrations by Leigh Voigt

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 2,000.00   £: 148.15   $: 250.00   €: 181.82

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Art & Aspirations: The Randlords of South Africa and their Collections
Volumes 38,39,40,41

As a study of collecting art a hundred years ago, this book affirms the importance of art collections today and the ongoing value of art itself.

In the last decades of the nineteenth century, the discovery of diamonds and subsequently gold in South Africa was a momentous event in the history of the British Empire, and one that led to certain entrepreneurs Alfred Beit, Julius Wernher, Lionel Phillips, Max Michaelis and J.B. Robinson, among others, amassing enormous wealth. They were known as 'Randlords', and what they did with their wealth and how they used it to try and win acceptance into the higher realms of British society is the subject of this book, with specific reference to their acquisition of famous artworks. The text is based on meticulous and highly lauded research, and examines an aspect of cultural and social history pertaining to both South Africa and England that has rarely been considered. A wealth of photographs, depict not only the artworks under discussion, but also the Randlords themselves and the surroundings they occupied.

Text by Michael Stevenson

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 3,750.00   £: 277.78   $: 468.75   €: 340.91

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South African Botanical Art: Peeling Back the Petals
Volumes 57, 58

Endorsed by the Botanical Society of South Africa and recognised as a significant contribution to the understanding of botanical art, this book explores plant portraiture and the context of its visibility in order to discover the meanings ascribed to different forms of botanical imagery.

Edited and introduced by Marion Arnold

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 3,750.00   £: 277.78   $: 468.75   €: 340.91

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The Life and Work of Charles Michell
Volumes 23, 24, 26

A companion volume to The Life and Work of Thomas Baines and The Life and Work of Charles Bell.

Charles Michell – Soldier, Road-Engineer, Land-Surveyor, Architect and Artist.

In this detailed and meticulously researched account of the life and work of Charles Michell, the first surveyor-general and civil engineer of the South African Cape Colony, author Gordon Richings examines in depth, the many interests and achievements of the man, as well as the essence of the time in which he lived, by referring to unpublished personal diaries, sketchbooks and letters that are in the possession of Michell’s descendants in England. It is a beautifully produced work that pays tribute to a multi-talented man whose contribution and talents have been largely overlooked, and possibly overshadowed, by his more flamboyant and better-known contemporaries.

Text by Gordon Richings

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 2,750.00   £: 203.70   $: 343.75   €: 250.00

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Fynbos: South Africa's Unique Floral Kingdom
Volumes 19

A unique vegetation, exuberant in its floral diversity. A botanical wonderland that has intrigued botanists for years and delights all who explore it, fynbos represents the smallest of the world's six Floral Kingdoms. It holds numerous mysteries, some of which have still to be solved - but the answers to many are revealed for the first time in this seminal work. Superb photographs and expert groundbreaking text make this a benchmark publication.

Text by Richard Cowling and Dave Richardson
Photography by Colin Paterson-Jones

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 2,000.00   £: 148.15   $: 250.00   €: 181.82

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Surviving the Lens
Volume 12

Photographs alive with the pride and culture of the African continent. These 50 compelling photographs of people in southern and East Africa between 1870 and 1920 have not only historical significance, but also considerable aesthetic merit. At once highly complex, eerie and emotional, they transcend their role as historical records and can be seen as provocative and poignant works of art.

Text by Michael Stevenson and Michael Graham Stewart

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 2,000.00   £: 148.15   $: 250.00   €: 181.82

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Sponsors' Editions

Art & Aspirations: The Randlords of South Africa and their Collections
Volumes E,I,L,Q

As a study of collecting art a hundred years ago, this book affirms the importance of art collections today and the ongoing value of art itself.

In the last decades of the nineteenth century, the discovery of diamonds and subsequently gold in South Africa was a momentous event in the history of the British Empire, and one that led to certain entrepreneurs Alfred Beit, Julius Wernher, Lionel Phillips, Max Michaelis and J.B. Robinson, among others, amassing enormous wealth. They were known as 'Randlords', and what they did with their wealth and how they used it to try and win acceptance into the higher realms of British society is the subject of this book, with specific reference to their acquisition of famous artworks. The text is based on meticulous and highly lauded research, and examines an aspect of cultural and social history pertaining to both South Africa and England that has rarely been considered. A wealth of photographs, depict not only the artworks under discussion, but also the Randlords themselves and the surroundings they occupied.

Text by Michael Stevenson

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 2,000.00   £: 148.15   $: 250.00   €: 181.82

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South African Botanical Art: Peeling Back the Petals
Volumes U,X

Endorsed by the Botanical Society of South Africa and recognised as a significant contribution to the understanding of botanical art, this book explores plant portraiture and the context of its visibility in order to discover the meanings ascribed to different forms of botanical imagery.

Edited and introduced by Marion Arnold

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 3,750.00   £: 277.78   $: 468.75   €: 340.91

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The Life and Work of Charles Michell
Volumes G,I,E

A companion volume to The Life and Work of Thomas Baines and The Life and Work of Charles Bell.

Charles Michell – Soldier, Road-Engineer, Land-Surveyor, Architect and Artist.

In this detailed and meticulously researched account of the life and work of Charles Michell, the first surveyor-general and civil engineer of the South African Cape Colony, author Gordon Richings examines in depth, the many interests and achievements of the man, as well as the essence of the time in which he lived, by referring to unpublished personal diaries, sketchbooks and letters that are in the possession of Michell’s descendants in England. It is a beautifully produced work that pays tribute to a multi-talented man whose contribution and talents have been largely overlooked, and possibly overshadowed, by his more flamboyant and better-known contemporaries.

Text by Gordon Richings

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 4,750.00   £: 351.85   $: 593.75   €: 431.82

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The Life and Work of Charles Bell
Volume H

The achievements of a man of many talents: Charles Bell's contribution to the aesthetic, social and commercial life of nineteenth-century Cape Town was enormous, yet for a hundred years after his death very little was known about him. His paintings and sketches - many published for the first time - reveal a quirky sense of humour, but this was a man who took seriously his career in the Civil Service and his post as Surveyor-General at the Cape.

Text by Phillida Brooke Simons

Price (excl. shipping):   R: 3,750.00   £: 277.78   $: 468.75   €: 340.91

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