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PRESS RELEASE - April 2013 PDF Print E-mail

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ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES FAIR AT
NELSON MANDELA SQUARE
SUNDAY 7 APRIL 2013
09h00 – 16h00

COLLECTABLE BOOKS, MAPS & SIGNATURES A FOCUS AT THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE – SUNDAY 7TH APRIL, 9 – 4PM
 
The April Antiques Fair on the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square which takes place on Sunday 7th April will have, in addition to the close to 60 general antique dealers who come from all over the country, a special focus exhibition on collecting books, maps & signatures. According to Clyde Terry, organiser of the antiques fair, “if you are a collector or an investor in these rare items, it is unlikely that you will get another opportunity to see some of the top dealers together on one day. In our digital age of internet, electronic books and GPS, books and maps will soon be obsolete which makes collecting these tactile collectables all that more important and valuable.”
 
Despite this, there are still millions of rare books in circulation, printed in many languages and in many countries.  South African collectors tend to focus on Africana – i.e. books that relate to Africa – whether they are historical, political or travel related.  But even current first edition books, of famous authors such as R K Rowling’s Harry Potter series or Ian Fleming’s 007 books are fetching record prices. At the antiques fair on Sunday a Rian Malan’s first edition signed copy of his controversial My Traitor’s Heart is on sale as is a signed copy of Wilbur Smith’s The Triumph of the Sun (see pics of books attached).
 
With the world’s political landscape continually changing, maps have also become highly collectable and some of the rare maps on show are over 300 years old and depict Southern Africa populated by the likes of Indian elephants, the Indian rhinoceros and even tigers. Maps on show at the fair include a profusely illustrated Blaeu map by explorer John Speed from 1625 (pic attached) and a 1744 Dutch map of Southern Africa.
 
Signatures of famous people are also highly collectable, with VOC documents signed by the governors Rijk Tulbach and Jan De La Fontaine, a document signed by King Victor Emanuel of Italy dated 1932 and various mining document and share certificates from the early mining days on sale.  Even a dog-eared copy of A Tourist’s Conversational Guide in French, German and Italian, used and with an inscription by Olive Schreiner will be on sale for R4 500.
 
The Antiques Fair on Sunday 7th April covers the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square and is open from 9am to 4pm.  A classical quartet plays between 11am and 1pm.

 

For more information call

Fair Organiser: Clyde Terry on 082 883 4933, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Media Liaison:  Giuli Osso – Cell: 083 377 6721; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it