The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation has the following copies of books available for our members and friends. Email Eira to order your copy - firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a limited number in stock but in most instances we can order more.
Cradle of Life by Vincent Carruthers, price is R280.00. This is a well-illustrated paperback and the best possible guide to the richness of the Magaliesberg biosphere and the Cradle of Humankind. This is a World Heritage site and is situated in the heart of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve. Vincent ably and competently tells the story of this region of South Africa and covers a range of subjects in the most accessible but erudite manner- a splendid book on geology, Palaeoarchaeology, botany, mining, history and so much more.
We have a few copies of Hidden Cape Town by Paul Duncan (author) and Alain Proust (photographer). Price R 320. First in the series of the Hidden books with spectacular photographs. Hardcover beautifully produced and strongly bound. Introduces many unknown architectural and cultural treasures of Cape Town. It is a top quality artistic creation to delight the senses. The photographs are exceptional and as Cape Town people they have a warm, empathetic feel for their city. Their emotional pride and love of Cape Town which comes across in their selection of stunning Cape Town Interiors of fine old heritage buildings.
Hidden Johannesburg copies are available at R320.00. Companion volume to Hidden Cape Town and second in the series. Hard cover and a quality production. In 2016 the team of Alain Proust (photographer) and author Paul Duncan partnered to photograph and write about over twenty of special Johannesburg treasures and interiors. Magical photographs and descriptive writing about a Johannesburg that makes one proud to be a JHB person, despite all the current neglect and visible public decay. Johannesburg has some spectacular, opulent and interesting interiors.
Hidden Pretoria copies available for R400. In 2018 a new team, comprising the seasoned and talented photographer Alain Proust and architectural historian Johan Swart produced the third in the series of Hidden books; a slightly different style and beat, it’s a book that introduces Pretoria at its best and takes us beyond the jacarandas into some unusual spaces, places and interiors. No Union buildings or embassies or presidential houses, but there is such a richness and variety in its coverage and excellence in explaining the architectural context. This book makes me want to fly down the motorway to go on a journey of exploration.
Johannesburg Gas Works. Five copies available at R 360. This very beautiful book is by Monika Monika Laeuferts le Roux and Judith Muindisi, with a spending essay by Clive Chipkin. It was published by Fourth wall Books in 2015 and is both a work of art and a study of an important item of Johannesburg industrial archaeology and heritage. This is a magnificent book and has rapidly become a collector’s item with fold out diagrams and great photographs by Sally Gaule. The project captured everyone’s imagination. This is one of those books that matches up to the scholarly work on the city completed by Anna Smith and R F Kennedy in the sixties.
The First Hellenic School in South Africa “A New Acropolis” available at R150. This building once stood in Malvern but no longer exists. Alkis Doucakis traces the history of the school in Johannesburg and why this school was important for the Greek Community and Culture. His thorough research and the inclusion of some interesting early JHB maps makes this a book to add to a Johannesburg library.
Jose Dale Lace - A woman of Some Importance by Pam Heller-Stern. Dr Pam Heller-Stern‘s novel based on the life and times of Jose Dale Lace, grand dame of Edwardian Johannesburg who with her husband John Dale Lace commissioned the architect Herbert Baker to build them a grand mansion Northwards, one of the most imposing and enduring of the mansions of Parktown. Jose and John lived there until a disastrous fire destroyed their home, their finances and their dreams in 1911. The Albu family bought the ruin and rebuilt and restored it. The portrait of Jose, by Hal Hust, that hangs in the main reception room of Northwards makes for a handsome cover. Jose often embroidered the events of her younger life and kept a good many mysteries under a tantalising question mark, so a novel is a good way to tackle her life.