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Le Vaillant (F.) TRAVELS INTO THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA VIA THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, volume 1
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.