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Lot 135: ANTIQUE 1870 Harper's Weekly South African Diamonds

Antique & Collectible Books-Art-Paper Civil War, Antique Reference, Outsider & Harper's Weekly Art, etc

by The Book Barn

December 1, 2016

Edgewater, FL, USA

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Description: Bidders will note that lot(s) with very low Staring Bids, i. e. $1-$5, should in no way see the Starting Bid of $1-$5 as the Book Barn’s judgment on the value of the item(s) contained in the lot(s). We have been in the Used/OP book business for 30+ years & have a LOT of inventory, with more piling up weekly. (Sometimes it seems to us that books breed at night, so there are always more of them over time!) There is NO reserve on these lots. These low Starting Bid lot(s) are meant to lower our inventory by providing bidders the opportunity to buy material at a low prices—we call it the "Eek" price; as in "Eek! That’s all it sold for?" Our lack of storage is your opportunity to buy material at a low price. Antique 1870 Woodblock Illustrations Harper’s Weekly. It is suitable for framing. It comes from the November 19, 1870 Issue of Harper's Weekly. In total there are two images on one page of this Harper's Weekly issue. The Images are Titled: "WASHING FOR DIAMONDS AT THE NEW DIAMOND FIELDS IN SOUTH AFRICA" & "DIAMOND MINERS GAMBLING AT NIGHT." The text beneath the woodblocks gives a view of the day to day life in the diamond mines. The text on the verso discusses the proposed building of the Brooklyn bridge by the Roebling firm which was soon to start. The images both measure approximately 6 inches high X 9 inches wide plus borders. All edges show handling wear/chipping with small loss, all of which will be covered by the mat when framed. Paper is lightly age toned; but is not brittle. Overall the piece is in Good Condition. The majority of the early diamond diggers arrived in 1870 and 1871 on the back of news that great quantities of diamonds had been discovered on three farms some 20 miles south of the Vaal river. Boer prospectors discovered the first two kimberlite pipes, Du Toit’s Pan and Bultfontein, in 1869, while the De Beers and Kimberley pipes were discovered in May and July 1871 respectively. As diamond fever spread throughout Southern Africa and beyond, the rush to the diamond fields turned into a frantic escapade that one Cape Town newspaper likened to a "dangerous madness". While 10,000 prospectors had trekked to the Vaal river diggings in search of diamonds in 1869 and early 1870, by the end of 1871, there were 50,000 diggers encamped next to the kimberlite pipes frantically searching for diamonds. The various smaller mining companies were later amalgamated by Cecil Rhodes into De Beers, and The Kimberley mine under Barney Barnato. In 1888, the two companies merged to form De Beers Consolidated Mines, which then had a monopoly over the world's diamond market. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: We do all our own shipping. We will combine shipping on multiple items, where possible to save the wining bidder on shipping costs. Shipping will be added to winning bidder's invoice for item(s) won. Media Mail postage from USPS will be used for shipping in the United States for those items allowed. Lowest alternative cost shipping will be billed for items not allowed by USPS to be shipped by Media Mail. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are available at added expense at the bidders request. You also agree to pay any applicable taxes and/or customs/import duties. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.

Condition Report: Good Condition

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