Books and Pamphlets
The highlights of the published material are the old, the rare and the unusual, the hand-coloured illustrations and the fine bindings. Among these are a very rich collection of rare botanical books. The inclusion of southern African material in old works of wider geographical scope gives the collection other dimensions. The many valuable contemporary works are backed up by modern publications and current scholarship.
The books number about 20,000 volumes. The two pamphlet collections contain respectively about 1850 items on a range of mostly historical subjects, including some rarities, and about 1450 items concerning 20th century political activity. There are also runs of some old periodical titles.
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