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In response to frequent requests by members to make long out-of-print volumes available again, in 2006 the VRS decided to re-publish selected volumes from its First and Second Series.

To distinguish these from the originals, the reprints are quite different in appearance  - they are A5-sized paperbacks with light blue paper covers. In no way are they meant to compete with the originals. Their chief value lies in their content, which again becomes available to the public after many decades. Copies may be purchased from the VRS. (NB Delivery may take some time as reprinting is done in batches of ten).

First Series: Volume 1. Reports of De Chavonnes and his Council, and of Van Imhoff, on the Cape.
First Series: Volume 2
Mentzel, O.F. - Life at the Cape in the mid-eighteenth century, being the biography of Rudolph Siegfried Allemann.
First Series: Volume 3
De Mist, J.A. - Memorandum containing recommendations for the form and administration of government at the Cape of Good Hope, 1802.
First Series: Volume 4
Mentzel, O.F. - A geographical-topographical description of the Cape of Good Hope. Part I
First Series: Volume 5
. Collectanea
First Series: Volume 6
Mentzel, O.F. - A geographical-topographical description of the Cape of Good Hope. Part II                                                                                           First Series: Volume 7. The Diary of the Rev. Francis Owen
First Series: Volume 8.
The Wreck of the Grosvenor  
First Series: Volume 9 Die Dagboek van Hendrik Witbooi,
First Series:Volume 12: Journals of the expedition of the Honourable Ensign Olof Bergh [1682 and 1683] and Isaq Schrijver [1689]
First Series: Volume 14: The early Cape Hottentots
First Series:Volume 15: The Journal of Hendrik Jacob Wikar [1799] and Journals of   Jacobus Coetse Jansz [1760] and Willem van Reenen [1791]
First Series: Volume 16 Nathaniel Isaacs. Travels and adventures... vol 1
First Series: Volume 17 Nathaniel Isaacs. Travels and adventures... vol 2
First Series Volume 18: Die Joernaal van Dirk Gysbert van Reenen, 1803
First Series: Volume 25. Mentzel, O.F. - A geographical-topographical description of the Cape of Good Hope. Part III.

Second Series: Volume 6. Sparrman, A. - Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, 1772-1776. Part I
Second Series: Volume 7. Sparrman, A. - Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, 1772-1776. Part II


The prices for reprints for members in Southern Africa and members in other countries are summarised in the table below. Postage and packaging cost are to be added. 


Member         (Southern Africa)

Non-Member (Southern Africa)

Member (Foreign)

Non-Member (Foreign)

I - Vol 12,15,18 & 25

R 200

R 260

R 360

R 470

II -  Vol 6 & 7

R 200

R 260

R 360

R 470

I Vol 16 & 17

R 180

R 240

R 320

R 420

I -  Vol 3,5 & 9

R 160

R 210

R 290

R 370

I - Vol 7 & 8

R 140

R 180

R 240

R 310

All others Reprints

R 120

R 155

R 215

R 280

 Prices for Bookshops are available on request

Please request an invoice if ordering several volumes: Postage depends on weight of books.


Please note that full payment must be made before any items are supplied. Payment details are given below the form. However, the Society might need to contact you, once they have calculated postage, to inform you of the total amount due.

Please complete the following form to order a VRS reprint:

Volume Number:
First Name:
Postal Address:
Postal Code:

Cheques must be made payable to The Van Riebeeck Society
Mail to: P.O. Box 15151, Vlaeberg 8018, Republic of South Africa

Monies may also be deposited directly into our bank account:
Account Holder:
Van Riebeeck Society
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa
Branch: Thibault Square, Cape Town
Branch Code: 02 090 9
Account Number: 07 051 2035
Account Type: Current Account
SWIFT code (for international transfers): SBZAZAJJ

Overseas clients are encouraged to use Paypal the email address to use is vanriebk@mweb.co.za