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CAPE COLONY, NATAL, THE DIAMOND FIELDS, TRANSVAAL. ORANGE FREE STATE, DELAGOA BAY, &c.; ALSO A GAZETTEER.
Third Edition, revised. With new Coloured Map.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
EASTERN PROVINCE HERALD.-Messrs. S. W. Silver & Co. have frequently published small pamphlets descriptive of the British colonies, but the "Handbook before us is superior to anything of the kind we have seen. The map has been expressly prepared for this work, and seems to be correct so far as we can judge. The author acknowledges the assistance of gentlemen whose names are a sufficient guarantee of the correctness of the information given, which is both varied and extensive. The chapters on scenery and climate, natural history and forests, fruits and flowers, are well deserving attention. The remarks on ostrich farming are interesting, and the authorities quoted trustworthy. As a whole the "Handbook for South Africa" is got up in a highly creditable manner, and contains a large amount of valuable information. The well-arranged index is a great assistance when reference is required. The colony is indebted to Messrs. Silver & Co. for the publication of this work, which will be of great service to intending immigrants. A work of this kind was wanted, and the Handbook will in some measure supply a desideratum long felt.'
KAFFRARIAN WATCHMAN.-'A valuable book.'
ATHENÆUM.-'The requirements of intending settlers, to whom these colonies offer a most promising field of enterprise, have been specially considered; and the sportsman anxious to try the "best shooting ground in the world," the merchant eager to extend his bu-iness, and indeed everyone desirous of gaining some knowledge of one of the most rapidly advancing of British colonies, will find this volume a mine of information.'
FIELD. This publication is one of considerable value. It affords much general and local information about South Africa, as well as forming a handy book of reference, for which latter purpose it is well qualified by the capital method of arrangement observed throughout, and by the addition of a gazetteer and index.'
ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS.-'It should be consulted by all who seek information concerning the British Colonies and the Dutch Republics in that region of the world. Abundant details are supplied of their history, topography, geology, and mineralogy, climate, botany, and zoology; of the character and condition of their native races, their colonial population, agriculture, forests, pastoral resources, mining, trade, and other industries; of their land laws and sales, their tariffs, prices, and wages, and of their government affairs. The volume is furnished with a good map.'
LANCET.-'We must refer our readers to the book itself for an able and exhaustive description of the climate, which, as has long been known, is, on account of the dryness of the air, specially suited to persons affected with chronic pulmonary disorders. The Handbook contains a great variety of most useful information relative to South Africa.'
BROAD ARROW.-The present works far exceed, both in scope and general utility, any of those which have preceded them. Silver, in fact, has become the Murray of our Colonies.'
EMPIRE. The work does not aim at literary merit beyond that of clearness of statement and helpful arrangement; at the same time several of its pages are not wanting in interest. The contents include almost every topic presented by the social, political, industrial and natural condition of South Africa; in fact, it would be difficult to mention any ques tionings of an intelligent curiosity about South Africa to which the Handbook does not give a sufficient answer. The dissertation on Cape Wines contains some valuable information. and the paper on Ostrich Farming presents facts of a novel character. The notes on Geology. Botany, and Natural History are copious. The Diamond and Gold Fields are fully described. Altogether an admirable work of its class.'
MITTHEILUNGEN.-' A book rich in facts, well arranged, and diligently worked out LEEDS MERCURY.-'It is satisfactory to find a work of this kind supplyin popular form the very information for which everyone is asking.'
S. W. SILVER & CO., SUN COURT, 67 CORNHILL, LONDON.