[PRINGLE, Thomas, and John FAIRBAIRN] (Ed.) The South African Journal. No. I. Jan.-Feb. 1824. Vol. I. Cape Town: Printed for the Editors at the Government Press, 1824. 8° (230 x 160mm). Uncut in original grey wrappers. With the Prospectus. Provenance: A.F. Williams, his bookplate. EXTREMELY RARE FIRST ISSUE OF ONLY TWO PUBLISHED of this controversial periodical. Following publication of No. II for March-April, 1824, the work was prohibited. Mendelssohn II, 350.
Together with 6 others on Cape Town Affairs including: Papers of the South African Literary Society. 1824. Cape Town: Printed by W. Bridekirk at the Chronicle Office, 1825. 8° (232 x 142mm). Uncut in modern quarter calf. RARE FIRST EDITION. With an A.L.s. from Bridekirk to John Fairbairn, 1824, on the inadvisability of printing the letter of a subscriber to the Literary Society.
John FAIRBAIRN. Papers Explaining the Cause of Lord Bathurst's last interference with The Press at The Cape of Good Hope. London: Bagster and Thomas, 1827. 8° (213 x 133mm). Modern green morocco gilt, all edges gilt. RARE FIRST EDITION. Mendelssohn I, 530.
[John FAIRBAIRN]. A Condensed Edition of the First Eighteen Numbers of the South African Commercial Advertiser. From January 4 to May 5, 1824. Cape Town: G. Greig, 1826. 8° ( 211 x 137mm). Uncut in red morocco gilt. Provenance: Sir Rufane Shawe Donkin, Acting governor at the Cape, his armorial bookplate. FIRST EDITION. With the facts connected with the stopping of the paper. Inserted portion of a document signed and sealed by Charles Henry Somerset, Cape Governor, who was later removed. Mendelssohn I, 530.
Bishop BURNETT. A Reply to a Report of the Commissioners of Inquiry at the Cape of Good Hope, upon the Complaints Addressed to the Colonial Government and to the Earl of Bathurst. London: Cheese, Gordon, 1826. 8° (216 x 135mm). Contemporary half calf, (rubbed). RARE FIRST EDITION, with the Appendix. Mendelssohn I, 230-31. [Parliamentary Papers]. Cape of Good Hope. Papers Relating to The South African Commercial Advertiser, and its Editor, Mr. Greig. London: The House of Commons, 13 June, 1827. 2° (357 x 220mm). Uncut in modern calf-backed boards.
L.H. MEURANT. Sixty Years Ago; or, Reminiscences of the Struggle for the Freedom of the Press in South Africa, and the Establishment of the First Newspaper in the Eastern Province. Cape Town: Saul Solomon, 1885. 8° (210 x 136mm). Publisher's red cloth gilt, with his binder's ticket. FIRST EDITION. Mendelssohn II, 8. (7)