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De Luxe Edition: Men of Good Hope. The Romantic Story of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce

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De luxe edition No 88 of 500.Hardback.Men of Good Hope The Romantic Story of The Cape Town Chamber of Commerce 1804-1954. 399pp, 26 plates, full leather, all edges gilt, Cape Town 1955. De-luxe edition of 500 copies.Has a Christmas inscription as well as two stamp marks from a previous owner.The attached photos are of similar books. The cover is darker red and in good condition and it has a dust jacket which has a small tear on the top left of the front cover leaving a gap of about 2cm triangle. Provides a good history of the Cape from a commercial viewpoint with chapters on the commercial exchange, the Heerengracht, Table Bay harbour, the anti-convict agitation 1849-1850 (how the Cape resisted becoming a penal colony like Australia), communication & transport, discovery of gold & diamonds, the military, and much more. "The Cape Town Chamber of Commerce traces its history back through its predecessor, the Commercial Exchange of Cape Town, to the founding in 1804 of the Kamer van Commercie by De Mist, the Batavian Government's representative. Thus it has a proud record of 150 years of continuous activity in the interests of commerce. Cape Town has always been a fascinating place. This narrative seeks to depict how the business of the town grew and changed in character; how important the port has always been; how the Docks grew; how seaborne trade and shipping were the inhabitants' lifeline; how, from a port of call on the East-West trade route, Cape Town became the gateway to the interior; and how its Chamber of Commerce acted as spokesman for the Colony's foreign relations with commercial bodies in London, India, Mauritius, and elsewhere. The Chamber was a body in which citizens learned the art of self-government and the taking of responsibility for the management of their own affairs. The Government - and the early governors - consulted it time and again to ascertain public opinion on questions of the day."
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