Reminiscences of Kimberley – Cohen, Louis


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The author remarks that he “will attempt to describe men and things” as he had known and seen them “for the last thirty-five years”, and those who lived amongst the scenes he depicts can testify to the general accuracy of the vivid pictures he has drawn of the early days of the Diamond Fields. Many of the character sketches are written in an extremely caustic manner, and many of the African magnates are handled in a somewhat rougher manner than is generally accorded to these favourites of fortune. (South African Bibliography, Sidney Mendelssohn, vol.I pg 351). Cohen was sued by the mining magnate J.B. Robinson and the book was withdrawn. As a result Cohen went into bankruptcy. An association copy with a tipped in three page letter from Ernest Selby Allsopp relaying his account of the robbery at Natal Bank, Kimberley in 1888 which is also described in the book. Allsopp was transferred from the Johannesburg branch to Kimberley as a result of the robbery. Also tipped in are two letters from Fred Rose, Africana Specialist. The letters, to Mr Allsopp state how important and valuable this copy of Cohen’s book is. First edition, published by Bennett in 1911. Some scattered foxing and general light wear to the binding. Some sunning to the spine with a split to the top rear edge and a few worm holes.

Publisher: Bennett & Co.
Date Published: 1911
Publication Place: London

Dimensions: 8vo, 13 x 19cm

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Weight 500 g