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194 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., van Riebeeck Society Second Series No.38, Cape Town, 2007. R435
Translated and edited by Ian Glenn with the assistance of Catherine Lauga du Plessis and Ian Farlam.

François Le Vaillant (1753-1824) first set out from Holland for the Cape in 1780 to collect specimens of birds and animals. After returning to Europe in 1784 he wrote an account of his travels, which was published in 1790 in Paris and rapidly translated across Europe, "becoming one of the most influential pieces of writing about South Africa ever". This is a new translation of this journey, 1781-1783, with a 65 pp. introduction by Ian Glenn.

Ian Glenn is Director of the Centre for Film and Media at the University of Cape Town.
Ian Farlam, a member of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, has been a member of the Council of the van Riebeeck Society since 1989.
Catherine Lauga du Plessis was born in Paris and taught in the Department of French at the Unviersity of Cape Town for 16 years. Her translations of South African literature into French have won her several international awards.
Mavimbela (V.) NO LULLABY FOR MY COUNTRY, and other poems
105pp., paperback, Durban, 2015. R130
A self-published collection of poems by Vusi Mavimbela.

"In this book of poems Vusi Mavimbela looks over the shoulder at the fruits of history: some not ripe yet, some so ripe, and yet others, so ripe and vulgar, and there are those that have fallen to the ground as wasted bitter fruit..." Mongane Wally Serote

Vusi Mavimbela is currently South Africa's Ambassador to Zimbabwe.
Schutte (G.) ed. HENDRIK SWELLENGREBEL IN AFRIKA/ HENDRIK SWELLENGREBEL IN AFRICA, journalen van drie reizen in 1776-1777/ journals of three journeys in 1776-1777
215pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Van Riebeeck Society Second Series No. 49, Cape Town, 2018. R505
Dutch advocate Henrik Swellengrebel Jr, the son of a former Cape Governor, visited the Cape's hinterland and the land of the Xhosa in 1776-7, in order to make recommendations on how to develop the economy. The journals of his three journeys and the accompanying aquarelles by his artist, Johannes Schumacher, are presented in the original Dutch and in an English translation.

Gerrit Schutte, former Professor of the History of Dutch Protestantism at the Free University of Amsterdam, is Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of History at the University of South Africa. His publications include "Briefwisseling van Hendrik Swellengrebel Jr. oor Kaapse Sake 1779-1792" and "Henrik Cloete, Groot Constantia en die VOC, 1988-1799".
Thema (R.) FROM CATTLE-HERDING TO EDITOR'S CHAIR, the unfinished autobiography and writings of Richard Victor Selope Thema, edited and introduced by Alan Cobley
238pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Van Riebeeck Society Second Series No. 47, Cape Town, 2016. R410
Richard Victor Selope Thema (1886-1955) was a leading member of the ANC from 1912, and served for many years on its National Executive. He was also a founding member of the All-Africa Convention, an elected member of the Natives Representative Council (1937-1950), and founding editor of the Bantu World (1932-1952), still published today as the Sowetan.

Alan Cobley is Professor of South African and Comparative History at the University of the West Indies, where he also serves as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Under-Graduate Studies. His other books include "Class and Consciousness: the black petty bourgeoisie in South Africa, 1924-1950" and "The Rules of the Game: struggles in recreation and social welfare policy in South Africa".