South Africa Book Dealers Association

Southern African Book Dealers Association

SABDA is the official body for out-of-print book dealers in South Africa. SABDA's Constitution is designed to improve standards of professional service to customers and allow members to speak with one voice on matters of common concern.

SABDA Contact Details


Vacant at present. Acting Chair - David McLennan
c/o Select Books
56 Surrey Street
Harfield Village
Claremont, Cape Town
South Africa
Phone: 021 424 6955

Secretary & Treasurer

Joanne Rushby
c/o Ike's Books & Collectables
48a Florida Road
South Africa
Phone: +27-31-303-9214

Download Member Application Form

Constitution and Code of Ethics

List of SABDA Members

Africana Books
Member: Stefan Blank

We specialize in books about Africa, with emphasis on Southern Africa. Our stock comprises books published between the 17th & 20th centuries, mainly in English and Afrikaans, with smaller numbers of Dutch, German and French titles. For our local customers we issue three catalogues yearly; E-mail catalogues can be issued on request and 'Wants Lists' are most welcome. All our stock is accessible on the Web ( see address below ) and keywords associated with your favourite subjects can be used when searching for books. If you would like to view our collection when in Cape Town, please phone to make an appointment. Africana Books is situated only a few minutes from the city centre and parking is no problem. We look forward to meeting you.

Specialities: Agriculture/Horticulture Anthropology/Ethnology Archaeology Biography Boer War Botany Conservation Fiction & Literature Fine Arts Geology Historical Hunting & Fishing Military History Miscellaneous Politics & Current Affairs Railroads Travel & Explroation Zoology Zulu War

Terms of Sale: Our stock is priced in US$, which are debited to credit cards at the rate of exchange ruling on the day, in South African Rands. Postage is charged at estimated cost as an extra.

Phone: +27-21 447 5741

Bookdealers cc.
Member: Doron Locketz

We currently operate from 4 shops in Johannesburg. These are in Melville, Birnam, Craighall Park, and Rivonia. Each shop has its own speciality as well as carrying a huge selection of publishers' overstocks and a large and interesting selection of out-of-print books. (Benmore and Greenside deal only with remainder titles).

Specialities: Africana, Judaica, Military History, History, Esoteric, Natural History, Botany, Children, Music, Fiction, Art, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Motoring

Terms of Sale: Cash or credit card

Phone: +27 (0)11 440 7936

Chapter 1 Books
Member: Julian Sones

11 9th Street, Orange Grove, Johannesburg 2119

67 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg

Specialities: Rhodesiana and other books on Africa, collectables and out of print books.

Terms of Sale: Payment in full prior to despatch.

Phone: +27 (0)11 640 5629

Chapter Two
Member: Ray Smethurst

P.O.Box 1591, Linkhills, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 3652

We trade locally from our retail store at Linkhills Shopping Centre, Waterfall, KZN, South Africa

Specialities: Collectibles and out of print titles. Africana; Rhodesiana; Nataliana. No charge - no obligation search facility.

Terms of Sale: Cash, EFT, Credit Card.

Phone: 031 762 2462

Christison Rare Books
Member: Lindsay Christison

P O Box 24093 Sherwood, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 6034

Christison Rare Books operates as a mail order business, based in Port Elizabeth. Whereas we stock thousands of books on a wide variety of subjects, our focus has always been on South East Africa - its peoples, wildlife and history . The store is currently managed by Lindsay Christison. Although we do not run an open book shop, prospective customers who would like to examine items described in our on-line list of stock are welcome to make an appointment.

Specialities: South East Africa; Travel; Natural History; Military Campaigns; African Languages

Terms of Sale: All books offered subject to availability. Credit card (Mastercard, Visa or American Express)preferred; other payment methods may be possible - please enquire. Terms are in all cases: payment with order. Trade discount negotiable. Returns are accepted where we have erred materially in our description of goods. Please request further details.

Phone: +27-41-3714844

Clarkes Africana & Rare Books
Member: Paul Mills

P.O. Box 186 Constantia, Cape Town, 7848

Specialities: Africana books, prints, maps and ephemera concentrating mainly on Africa south of the Sahara. Africana Catalogues are issued four times a year. All subjects are covered including, African exploration and travel, missionary endeavour, ethnography, Bushmen and rock art, big-game hunting, military history – the Anglo Boer War, Boer War ephemera, Zulu War and the First World War in East Africa and South West Africa, natural history (botany, ornithology, etc.), Mining (particularly diamonds and gold), Natal & Zululand, Namibia, art & architecture, literature & politics. Also Maps, prints and ephemera.

Terms of Sale: All books are first editions in good (v.g./fine) condition, published in London, in the original cloth and are 8vo in size, unless otherwise stated. Any items found to be unsatisfactory may be returned with prior notice. Postage is extra - quotes for both surface and airmail will be given. Payment by credit card is preferred: Visa or Mastercard - please quote card number and expiry date. Overseas customers paying by bank draft or cheque will have $12 (£6) added to each invoice to cover bank charges.

Phone: +27 21 794 0600

Clarkes Bookshop
Member: Henrietta Dax

199 Long Street, Cape Town, 8001

We are open from 9 to 5 Monday to Fridays, 9 to 1 on Saturdays, or by appointment. We issue two catalogues a year listing old and new books.

Specialities: New and secondhand books on Southern Africa, maps and prints, general secondhand books.We have a large selection of books on Southern African art.

Terms of Sale: Cash, cheque, credit card (Amex, VISA, Mastercard and Diners)

Phone: +27-21-423-5739

Collectors Treasury
Member: Geoff Klass

CTP House, 244 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001

Founded in 1974, and housed in an 8 storey building in the diamond and jewellery district on the eastern side of the Johannesburg Central Business District. Collectors Treasury is the largest used and rare book shop in Africa, and in the Southern Hemisphere, having 1,000,000 plus items on hand. In addition to books, there are substantial offerings of maps, old engravings and prints, printed ephemera, periodicals, newspapers and photographica. Collectors Treasury also deals extensively in records, with a stock of over 300,000 vinyl and 78rpm discs. We also have an extensive range of small antiques and collectables, with a strong emphasis on the decorative arts 1870-1970.

Specialities: African Art and Applied Arts. Religion Philosophy Military, Naval & Aviation History Judaica Transport, including Shipping. Performing Arts Cooking Science and Medicine Ancient Civilisations Modern First Editions Literature and Literary Criticism Antiquarian Books Scholarly out of print Early technical Archaeology Anthropology and ethnology Esoteric Philosophy Natural History Hunting

Terms of Sale: Pro-forma invoices or payment with order, unless other arrangements have been made. Postage & insurance charged at cost. Insurance is mandatory. Trade discounts to bona fide dealers. All major credit cards accepted. Any item may be returned at our expense if not in accord with the description, and will be refunded when received in the same condition as sent.

Phone: +27 11 334 6556

Fables Bookshop - Est. 1989
Member: Ian Balchin

258 Kowie Road, Bathurst, Eastern Cape

We are a general out-of-print bricks and mortar bookshop with a large and eclectic stock. Quality Africana stock sought from the Eastern Cape. We issue catalogues of new africana acquisitions. Email us to subscribe

Specialities: Africana especially that relating to the Eastern Cape, 1820 Settlers, Boer War, Zulu War, Bush wars, Natural history, 20thC politics, and literature.

Terms of Sale: Returns by prior arrangement if item not as described. Payment by: EFT, VISA & Mastercard, PayPal, Snapscan.

Phone: +27-46-625-0202

Members: Noel & Beth Hunt

No. 5 Victoria Square, Main Road, Hermanus.

Known for its excellent service, Hemingways will also source books for customers. This unique bookshop stocks general genres, but specialises amongst others in Anglo Boer War, Africana, Rhodesiana, early travel and South African art.

Terms of Sale: Returns by prior arrangement if item not as described. Payment by: EFT, VISA & Mastercard, PayPal, Snapscan.

Phone: +27-(0)72-933-7140

Ike's Books & Collectables
Member: Joanne Rushby

48a Florida Road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 4001, South Africa

Ike's is an antiquarian and out-of-print bookshop, dealing in Africana, African politics, literature and history, art, modern first editions, sport, and travel.

Terms of Sale: EFT, Cash, cheques, VISA, Mastercard and Diner's Club credit cards.

Phone: +27 (0)31-303-9214

Imagine Books (Established 2001)
Member: Steven Duckworth

43 Glenugie Road, Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, 3610, South Africa.

Stocking: Africana, modern firsts, art, classic literature, etc.

Terms of Sale: EFT, Cash, VISA & Mastercard

Phone: +27 (0)83-358-7398

Protea Book House
Member: Nicol Stassen

P.O. Box 35510, Menlo Park, 0102

Terms of Sale: Cash

Phone: +27-12-362-5685

Quagga Books
Member: George Curtis

P.O.Box 59 Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990

Cape Town,with more than 300 years of colonial history and a haven for traders travelling the East -Indian route from Europe has always been a source of treasures . Quagga in nearby Kalk Bay is still permeated with the sense of the rare and unusual . Large leatherbound tomes, 17 century sea charts , glass cabinets stuffed with books ,seashells the odd baboon skull or whalebone .A mounted Zebra stares down at you with its glassy eyes .It all has the feel of a successful 17th century merchants Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities .Paintings , books, maps and the oddest of objects.

Specialities: Africana, out-of-print and rare books on a variety of subjects, from antiquarian leather bound volumes to books on South African Art. First editions, maps, prints, photographs and ephemera.

Terms of Sale: Cash, bank-guaranteed cheques or bank transfers (by prior arrangement), credit card

Phone: +27-21-788-2752

Ronald Levine Modern First Editions
Member: Dr. Ronald Levine

19 Sixth Avenue Houghton, Johannesburg, 219

Private premises. Viewing by appointment only. Listed online a small selection of our most choice stock. Many lesser priced items available. Please enquire. We are always interested in purchasing good or unusual South African literary material or anything unusual or signed by the South African Nobel prize winners.

Specialities: Modern literature, South African Literature, Detective Fiction, Science Fiction, Detective Fiction, Illustrated and Private Press and some Africana.

Terms of Sale: PayPal,Cash, Credit Card or Bank Transfer. Items can be returned for any reason for a full refund at the purchaser's expense or at our expense if description found to be materially incorrect.

Phone: +27-11-7282044

Select Books
Member: David McLennan

56 Surrey Street, Harfield Village, Claremont, Cape Town

We buy & sell new and out of print books relating to southern Africa.

Specialities: Sports books (especially rugby books), Namibiana, Rhodesiana, hunting, art, politics, biographies, travel accounts, regional studies.....

Terms of Sale: EFT, Cash & credit card.

Phone: +27-(0)21-424-6955

Silverhill Seeds and Books
Member: Ondine Schrick

38 Hiddingh Road, Bergvleit, 7945

Silverhill Seeds and Books specialises in seeds from South Africa and sells books related to South African flora.

Terms of Sale: EFT, Cash & credit card.

Phone: +27-(0)21 705 4226

The Book Place
Member: Lesley Bosworth

PO Box 2759, North Riding , Johannesburg, Gauteng 2162

The Book Place has 5 branches situated in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg. Our primary line is fiction both new and used as well as most other popular catagories.

Specialities: Specialising in a wide variety of popular fiction by best selling authors as well as a broad selection of non-fiction.

Terms of Sale: Cash

Phone: +27-11-7045567

The Military Bookshop
Member: Johan van den Berg

P.O.Box 15030, Panorama, Western Cape, 7506

The Military Bookshop is a mail order facility (operating from a private residence. Customers are welcome to view available stock by appointment)

Specialities: Specialising in Southern African, history and military history and European military history - the main focus on WW1 and WW2

Terms of Sale: Cash, bank-guaranteed cheques or bank transfers (by prior arrangement)

Phone: +27-21-939-7923

Treasure House Books
Mrs. Marion Marsh

P O Box 361, Franschhoek, 7690

Large bright shop just off main road in wine and culinary capital of the Cape where we sell new, used, rare and collectable books, vinyl LPs and artworks

Phone: +27-21-876-2167

Tall Stories have closed and are no longer operating and Netbooks are no longed actively trading in used books. We are awaiting some new members to complete application forms.

There have been no contraventions of the Second-Hand Goods Act by any of our members in the last year that have been brought to our attention. We have also not been made aware of any contraventions within our industry (defined as people who rely on an income derived primarily from the sale of second-hand books and related matter).

Ours is a small industry and our association is tiny as there are strict criteria for entry. However, we have an e-mail network set up which contains approximately 160 dealers within that forum. This is a nationwide forum and concerns and industry related matter are raised here as well as simple matters such as book requests. There is some activity within the forum on a daily basis. Within this forum, no concerns re nefarious activities have been raised. No one has come to any member of our committee to raise any issues re theft or ill dealings within our industry, be it amongst SABDA members or not.

Meredith Kempthorne was the chair of the association but has had to retire from all bookselling and association duties due to personal reasons. A meeting will take place to elect a new Chairperson in due course. We have currently changed our website and secretary e-mail address to and we are in the process of restructuring our website. There have been a couple of changes to members’ details which have been amended.

It can be seen from the above that we do have an effective system for self-regulation. Information is distributed effectively and it does result in appropriate actions being performed by our members. At present we do not have a system of inspection of our members but proposals are being put forward to deal with visits in the near future. These will be put in writing and forwarded to SAPS for consideration.

We have to point out though that although we do our best to make sure that no one buys stolen property within our trade, we are also dependent on institutions (and other entities) being able to provide us with details of what has gone missing. A simple list of titles of books, at the bare minimum would be necessary for us to do our jobs effectively. So although we bear the responsibility of making sure that we adhere to the law, institutions, organisations and individuals also have obligations to transfer reasonable amounts of information to our association and to openly communicate with us should circumstances arise which require us to act together to combat crime.