New Acquisitions – Sinclair Beiles and Cecil Skotnes collaboration.

Beiles & Skotnes, Front

Beiles, Sinclair & Skotnes, Cecil (illustrator); ‘Tales’, Gryphon Poets, 1972, Johannesburg. Very Good/Very Good. 1st Edition.

Skotnes print illustrated wrapper. Beautifully illustrated throughout with six Cecil Skotnes prints, direct from the original woodcuts, which have remained bright and vibrant.
Price clipped, wrapper is slightly dusty. Unclear whether the wrapper is intentionally integral to the binding or has become subsequently attached to the paper covers along the spine and front.


New Acquisitions – Rare signed von Hayek

Hayek front

von Hayek, Friederich, ‘The Constitution of Liberty’, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1960.

Very Good/Very Good; First Edition; brown cloth with gilt lettering on a blue field on the spine in a simple dw; octavo; pp. x, 570.

Signed and dedicated on the half title to Mr Middelmann (see picture below). Middelmann a UCT Councillor 1973 – 1990, received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cape Town in 1988 and has been recognised as an influential anti Apartheid advocate. Included is a loose four page ‘Hayek Report’ by ‘The Free Market Foundation (Southern Africa)’ detailing Hayek’s 1978 SA tour, also a two page interview with Hayek from a current affairs journal tipped into the inside flap of the dw.

The dw has been clipped and is shelf worn with minor tears including closed 50mm and 20mm tears at top and bottom edges on back (see pictures below), some spotting/foxing to prelims and edges.

Hayek SignatureHayek ReportHayek front

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New Acquisitions – Sinclair Beiles


Enigmatic, mercurial, depressive, nomadic; Beiles was the embodiment of the anit-establishment Beat Generation. Born in Uganda 1930 and educated at Witwatersand University, Beiles migrated around Europe for much of his life never far from a literary or artistic hub, ending his days in relative poverty back in Johannesburg 2000. Always avant garde, mainstream recognition eluded Beiles during his lifetime and the often kinder gaze of posthumous judgement passed him by, his works still languish largely in obscurity. Even as a Beat he remained an outsider, a lone South African struggling in an American literary world. He worked as an editor at the Olympia Press in Paris where he helped, indeed collaborated, with William Burroughs on his ‘Cut-Up Poetry’ volume ‘Minutes to Go’ (1960) and ‘Naked Lunch’ (1959). Other luminaries among his colleagues included Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Brion Gysin. Having befriended the Greek artist Takis, Beiles found himself in the early ’60s the centrepiece of a sculpture in a Parisian exhibition floating, suspended in a strong magnetic field. Never at ease, Beiles struggled with addictions and bouts of depression and hospitalization.

Two exceptionally rare signed items of Beat and Beiles interest have appeared on the Rattlesnake shelves:

Beiles Poetry Collections

Beiles, Sinclair; ‘Khakiweeds'; published by ‘Limited Editions'; Johannesburg; 1995; i,23,[i]; A4 sheets loosely bound together by simple black plastic strip; black cardstock cover; black/white illustrations; contained in padded envelope with original label and string fastenings. Limited edition being number 22 of only 30. Signed by Sinclair Beiles (text), Ivor Kruger (editor & illustrator) and Margie Edwards (design & layout).

Beiles, Sinclair; ‘On-Stage”; published by ‘Limited Editions'; Johannesburg; 1992; ii,30; loose A4 sheets tied with black ribbon; two sheets of textured cardstock at end probably intended as covers; black/white illustrations; contained in padded envelope with original label and string fastenings. Limited edition being number 23 of only 30. Signed by Sinclair Beiles (text), Ivor Kruger (editor & illustrator) and Margie Edwards (design & layout).

Beiles, On-Stage, Signatures

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New Acquisitions – Vintage Posters

Cuban Nelson Mandela

Original 1994 ANC campaign poster for South Africa’s first democratic elections, appox 830mm by 595mm, Very Good condition. SOLD

Original 1986 Cuban OSPAAL agitprop poster depicting a young Nelson Mandela, approx 700mm by 480mm, Very Good to Fine condition. SOLD

Original psychaedelic 1967 film poster ‘The Cape Town Affair’, linen backed, framed/glazed, approx 1100mm by 700mm, Very Good condition. R1750

New Acquisitions: Art Deco Designer Bindings

Mathers 1

The Eastern Anthology
E. Powys Mathers

Sainsbury, Hestor (illustrator)
John Rodker, London, 1927
Fine/No Jacket
Hardcover, Limited Edition
Complete in 4 Volumes, Fine, Octavo, Art Deco designer bindings designed by Paul Nash, hand coloured plates, full red/brown Niger leather with black inlays and blind tooling, top edge gilt, rough cut foredge. Limited edition of 1000, this being no. 670.

Mathers 1sMathers 2s



New Acquisitions: ‘Africa; The Dream and the Reality’

Africa, The Dream and the Reality
Hanzelka, J; Zikmund, M; Urwin, I. (trans.)

Artia, Prague, 1955
Hardcover, First Thus
Complete three volumes, tan cloth with gilt and silver lettering/design to front and spine in simple pictorial dws, copiously illustrated with sepia toned plates, decorative end papers,  octavo.

Dws are fair, shelf worn with loss at head and tail, slightly ragged ribbon book marks. Certainly in used condition.

The story of two young adventurers in a particularly handsome vehicle, the Czech Tatra V8, driving from Prague across the entire African continent culminating in Cape Town. Presented in three volumes in a First English Edition.


New Acquisitions – Rare signed Smuts edition.

Smuts Lectures Featured Image 2

Our Changing World View
Smuts, J.C. et. al.

University of the Witwatersrand Press, Johannesburg, 1932
Good/No Jacket
Hardcover, 1st Edition

Burgundy cloth with gilt decoration and lettering to front and spine, octavo, pp. viii & 172.

Subtitled: “Ten Lectures on Recent Movements of Thought in Science, Economics, Education, Literature and Philosophy” delivered by ten different lecturers, experts in their own fields.

This edition signed by Smuts and all nine of his colleagues and inscribed as a presentation copy to one of their number (Prof. T. J. Haarhoff).

Slightly shelf worn and scuffed.
A fascinating piece of South African intellectual history.


New Acquisitions: Lucian Freud illustrated limited/numbered first edition

The Equilibriad
Sansom, William

Hogarth Press, London, 1948
Very Good/No Jacket
Hardcover, 1st Edition

Limited & numbered edition – no 503 of 750; signed by author; black linen spine with gilt lettering, marbled paper covered boards; octavo; five full page black/white plates by Lucian Freud; pp.45.

Corners slighlty worn, end papers tanned, slightly foxed prelims.

A handsome little volume representing a rare and important literary/fine art collaboration.

US$ 2500

New Acquisitions: Marion Arnold, ‘South African Botanical Art’


South African Botanical Art; Peeling Back the Petals
Arnold, Marion

Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg, South Africa, 2001
Hardcover, First Edition
Green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and similar decoration to front in a crisp pictorial dw,
beautifully illustrated with 63 colour plates (many full page), decorative end papers.

A beautifully produced reference work in fine condition.