The Cape Town Gazette, and African Advertiser –


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A bound set of this Cape Newspaper from 1826. A complete run from 6 January 1826 to 29 December 1826, (no’s 1043 to 1094). Plus a duplicate of 1084, 20 October 1826. 30 issues in total. General condition is good to very good with some light foxing and thumbing. Bound in worn paper covered boards with leather spine. “The Cape Town Gazette and African Advertiser was the first newspaper to be published in Africa. It was started by two slave dealers, Alexander Walker and John Robertson. In its early stages, the newspaper was simply used by the government as a mouth-piece. It was only in 1829, after the owners had been involved in a very a long struggle with the government, and the Colony granted freedom of the press, that the newspaper became free from government censorship. This led to a significant growth in the newspaper industry as more newspapers emerged. The newspaper was published in both English and Dutch, and changed its name to Dutch Kaapsche Courant in 1803. This could have been influenced by the change in the political scene in the colony at the time. The Dutch had just taken the Colony from the British in 1802. The British reoccupied the Colony in 1806. The Cape Town Gazette and African Advertiser is regarded as the paper that paved the way for the newspapers that Africa boasts today. ” (

Date Published: 1826
Publication Place: Cape Town
First Edition: Yes

Condition: good
Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 38.5 x 52cm

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Weight 5000 g