Lot 721: South Africa


2015-10-06 14:52:56


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Lot 721: South Africa. Pretoria - Pietersburg Railway Company Limited, 1899, a presentation photograph album given to G. Mayo by the Administration of the Company on the occasion of the opening to Pietersburg, 31 May 1899, 46 window-mounted gelatin silver prints, many with brief captions in the negatives, showing trains, groups of workers, bridges, stations and views, etc., window-mounted back to back on 23 stiff card leaves within printed gilt borders and with neat ink captions to mounts, lacks 47th and final photograph (Opening trains leaving Pretoria May 31st 1899), images 15 x 20cm, some spotting to mounts throughout, neat manuscript dedication leaf at front, somewhat shaken, original padded morocco with gilt title to upper cover, bruised and worn with several tears, oblong folio. The Pretoria-Pietersburg Railway Company was founded on 13 May 1896 in London, and on 31 May 1899 the official opening of the railroad was celebrated. The daily service became very popular but due to the outbreak of the South African war the service came to an end. The city is now known as Polokwane. (1) Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015 Thursday, 15th October 2015 Estimate: £400-600
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