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ECCE HOMO. BY FREDRICH NIETZCHE. First edition published in 1908. One of 1100 copies on Van Gelder laid paper, 150 premi...
28/09/2022

ECCE HOMO. BY FREDRICH NIETZCHE. First edition published in 1908. One of 1100 copies on Van Gelder laid paper, 150 premium copies were printed on Japon. - Book decoration and binding were designed by Henry van de Velde, the books were bound at the Grand Ducal Saxon School of Applied Arts in Weimar. - Van de Velde was a great admirer of Nietzsche and, since his arrival in Weimar, has now also been in close proximity to the archive, which the philosopher's sister is controversially in charge of. Henry van de Velde designed all three of Insel-Verlag's major Nietzsche editions. - First edition of Nietzsche's autobiographical text, published by Raoul Richter. With remnants of the publishers paper wrapper and box.

Jean-Michel Basquiat. 2 large volumes in a slipcase. By Jean-Louis Prat and Richard Marshall. Published in 1996 by Galer...
26/09/2022

Jean-Michel Basquiat. 2 large volumes in a slipcase. By Jean-Louis Prat and Richard Marshall. Published in 1996 by Galerie Enrico Navarra.

Another fascinating item from last week. Linnaeus’ notebooks. These are housed at the Linnaean Society in London. Anothe...
29/06/2022

Another fascinating item from last week. Linnaeus’ notebooks. These are housed at the Linnaean Society in London. Another rare treat and privilege to see.

What a privilege today to be able to handle a copy of Audobon’s Birds of America. An unbelievable feat of artistry and p...
23/06/2022

What a privilege today to be able to handle a copy of Audobon’s Birds of America. An unbelievable feat of artistry and publishing. Thank you Natural History Museum London.

THE ENGLISH DANCE OF DEATH. With 72 fine coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson. Two volumes published in 1815-1816. A ...
10/05/2022

THE ENGLISH DANCE OF DEATH. With 72 fine coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson. Two volumes published in 1815-1816. A masterpiece of the British illustrated book.

As Jim Morrison said “ The future’s uncertain and the end is always near”. Here are some details of the proposed develop...
23/03/2022

As Jim Morrison said “ The future’s uncertain and the end is always near”. Here are some details of the proposed development of 4 micro apartments above our historic shop and 3 behind it. As tenants we have been here for over 30 years. Public participation is encouraged. Please voice your opinions to the heritage practitioner who’s details appear in the first image. #

Firsts Online Book Fair. Now live.
24/02/2022

Firsts Online Book Fair. Now live.

03/01/2022

One of our highlights for  The online bookfair starting on 2 December until 7 December. We may be locked out in South Af...
29/11/2021

One of our highlights for The online bookfair starting on 2 December until 7 December. We may be locked out in South Africa but we still have some great books on offer. The Illustrated Book of Poultry. With 50 full colour chromolithographic plates. Published in 1885.

Thanks to these two florist fairies 🧚‍♀️ for making our window display so beautiful for Garden Day tomorrow.
16/10/2021

Thanks to these two florist fairies 🧚‍♀️ for making our window display so beautiful for Garden Day tomorrow.

The biggest and smallest books that we currently have in stock. In the palm of my hand is a 0,6 x 0,6cm copy of The Lord...
29/09/2021

The biggest and smallest books that we currently have in stock. In the palm of my hand is a 0,6 x 0,6cm copy of The Lord’s Prayer. The large blue book in the background is a set of District Maps of the Cape Colony circa 1890. 90 x 57cm

Extract from a letter by Nelson Mandela to Winnie. 1 February 1975.
19/08/2021

Extract from a letter by Nelson Mandela to Winnie. 1 February 1975.

Two German Frakur Manuscript Prayerbooks. Available on our website.
05/08/2021

Two German Frakur Manuscript Prayerbooks. Available on our website.

News from Quagga Books
25/06/2021
News from Quagga Books

News from Quagga Books

THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER BY BEATRIX POTTER First trade edition, with the deluxe cloth binding. Potter's second book, after Peter Rabbit (1901). It was initially privately published in 1902. This edition in 1903 by Frederick Warne, the first trade edition with an added 16 illustrations. A small numb...

A WALK IN THE NIGHT. By Alex La Guma. Fists edition with cover illustration by Peter Clarke. Signed by Clarke.      bay
09/06/2021

A WALK IN THE NIGHT. By Alex La Guma. Fists edition with cover illustration by Peter Clarke. Signed by Clarke. bay

A rare copy of DRUM MAGAZINE from 1958. The establishment of Drum Magazine in the 1950s, notwithstanding the newly-elect...
03/06/2021

A rare copy of DRUM MAGAZINE from 1958. The establishment of Drum Magazine in the 1950s, notwithstanding the newly-elected Nationalist Party’s policy of Apartheid, reflected the dynamic changes that were taking place among the new urban Black South African – African, Indian and Coloured – communities.

The magazine became an important platform for a new generation of writers and photographers who changed the way Black people were represented in society. (sahistory.org.za)

THE WONDEROUS MUSHROOM: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica. By Gordon Wasson. First edition, number 405 of 501 signed by the autho...
21/05/2021

THE WONDEROUS MUSHROOM: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica. By Gordon Wasson. First edition, number 405 of 501 signed by the author. Quarter-bound in green morocco. On our stand

20/05/2021

Another or our highlights going live right now. A volvelle from L’INFERNO DI DANTE ALIGHIERI by Lord Vernon. Inscribed by William Rossetti. Keeper of the Pre-Raphaelite Library and brother of Gabriel Dante Rossetti.

Available on our stand  from tomorrow. THE FLOWERING PLANTS OF SOUTH AFRICA VOLS. 1-65. With over 2000 colour plates.   ...
19/05/2021

Available on our stand from tomorrow. THE FLOWERING PLANTS OF SOUTH AFRICA VOLS. 1-65. With over 2000 colour plates.

A small collection of PETER CLARKE greeting cards. Available on our website.
12/05/2021

A small collection of PETER CLARKE greeting cards. Available on our website.

Such a tragedy. The Jagger Library at UCT. So many treasures...
18/04/2021

Such a tragedy. The Jagger Library at UCT. So many treasures...

09/04/2021

WOMAN AND LABOUR BY OLIVE SCHREINER. Inscribed first edition by this important South African feminist activist and author.

A collection of bibles and Easter greetings cards available on our website and in store.
31/03/2021

A collection of bibles and Easter greetings cards available on our website and in store.

A fire-insurance atlas of central Cape Town. Comprising of 25 sheets, 53 x 62cm, most with outline duplicates to the fac...
10/03/2021

A fire-insurance atlas of central Cape Town. Comprising of 25 sheets, 53 x 62cm, most with outline duplicates to the facing page. Covering the area from Victoria Basin in the north to Culemborg Goods Yard and Searle Street in the east, De Waal Park in the south and Waterkant Street and the Malay Burial Ground in the west. At a scale of 50ft - 1inch. With a Key Plan in 500ft - 1inch.

The original sheets are lithographs from 1925. Revised by hand in 1931, 1937, 1949 and 1956. Revisions were done by pasting paper cut-outs onto the original sheet. There is a key -“Explanation of Signs used on Insurance Plans of Town & Cities.”. A Key Plan, showing the entire area covered by the atlas. An index sheet and a further 24 sheets of detailed plans of the City Bowl. There are outline plans to the facing pages of 14 of these. Making a total of 39 plans. Visit our site for more info.

A signed photograph of Ras Tafari Makonnen. Prince Regent of Ethiopia and later Emperor Haile Selasie. Taken in Paris in...
23/02/2021

A signed photograph of Ras Tafari Makonnen. Prince Regent of Ethiopia and later Emperor Haile Selasie. Taken in Paris in 1924. See this and other highlights on our stand Closing tonight

16/02/2021

A collection of DASSIE BOOKS. This series was published by the Central News Agency (CNA) in South Africa from circa 1930...
29/01/2021

A collection of DASSIE BOOKS. This series was published by the Central News Agency (CNA) in South Africa from circa 1930’s to 1950’s as cheap mass market paperbacks. Such great

One of my favourite frontis pages. EXPLORATIONS IN SOUTH-WEST AFRICA. Being an account of a journey in the years 1861 an...
13/01/2021

One of my favourite frontis pages. EXPLORATIONS IN SOUTH-WEST AFRICA. Being an account of a journey in the years 1861 and 1862 from Walvisch Bay, on the western coast to Lake Nagano and the Victoria Falls. BY THOMAS BAINES. Published in 1864.

We are pleased to announce our membership with the ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS’ ASSOCIATION (ABA)  and the INTERNATIONAL LEA...
23/12/2020

We are pleased to announce our membership with the ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS’ ASSOCIATION (ABA) and the INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS. (ILAB)

Mounting maps
18/12/2020

Mounting maps

We will be at the Norval Foundation this weekend for the inaugural Cape Town Art Book Fair. Open between 10:00 and 18:00...
18/12/2020

We will be at the Norval Foundation this weekend for the inaugural Cape Town Art Book Fair. Open between 10:00 and 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there.

Thanks to  and team for the great installation. A selection of classic black and white photographs from Gallery F availa...
17/12/2020

Thanks to and team for the great installation. A selection of classic black and white photographs from Gallery F available at Quagga for a limited time. Come and check it out in

 An original Peter Clarke woodcut found in Esme Berman’s Art & Artists of South Africa.
26/11/2020

An original Peter Clarke woodcut found in Esme Berman’s Art & Artists of South Africa.

Some fascinating new stock just in.
18/11/2020

Some fascinating new stock just in.

 at the   We have had the pleasure of finding homes for a number of his works over the years. So great to see this amazi...
12/11/2020

at the We have had the pleasure of finding homes for a number of his works over the years. So great to see this amazing artist in the .

THE DRINKER BY HANS FALLADA. First English edition 1952. With dust jacket by Klaasen Meyer.
31/10/2020

THE DRINKER BY HANS FALLADA. First English edition 1952. With dust jacket by Klaasen Meyer.

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84-86 Main Road Kalk Bay
Cape Town
7600

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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+27 (0)21 7882752

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Would you have a copy of Cattle of Ages by Pres Ramaphosa and Daniel Naude? If so, pse give cost. Thank you
Good morning

Sharing some photos of the two books,Alice in Wonderland and the Historic Natal and Zululand.
Cape Town-based Quagga Rare Books & Art are the latest antiquarian booksellers to be accepted into ABA membership. Read more about father and son duo, George and Simon Curtis via our website, link below.

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Hi good day.
I love antique books and wondered if you have a book called "The story of Constantinople"
It's an antique book I inherited from my grandmother, but I "lost" it (lend it to someone ???)
👉Also a book by Tretchikoff, Russian painter living in South Africa until his death in 2006. He made a book of 73 prints of his best work and a sought-after book, published in 1964 I think. Signed copy would be first prize
I'm trying to sell my John foster book.
Opsoek na die boek : The Cape Journal Willowmore, asb.
Can you tell me if this book is worth anything 1900
Can you tell me if this booknis worth anything
More ek het probeer vir julle n msg stuur maar ek kan nie volgens fb ek wil net hoor hoe ek te werk moet gaan ek het so +- 14 afr en eng se boeke eerste druk wat van 1937 tot 1945 gedatum is waar begin ek moet ek vir julle fotos vat van elke boek en stuur en is daar enige spesifieke plek wat ek moet afneem?
How do I get book valued? I have a Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam .
With hand drawn and coloured by W***y Pogany
Please let me know if this JK Rowling is worth anything thanks
Looking for this book pse.
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