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PREFACE

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THE THIRD EDITION.

THE continued popularity of this Handbook has rendered the production of a Third Edition necessary. The work has been revised throughout, and important changes and additions have been made in order to secure accuracy and to bring all information up to the latest date.

The Map also has been revised with care, and corrected to the present time.

July 1, 1880.

PREFACE

ΤΟ

THE SECOND EDITION.

THE 1875 EDITION of this Handbook, having been received with favour by the public, has been exhausted, rendering another edition necessary. The work as now issued will be found to have many important additions, comprising chapters on new subjects as well as extended. information under former heads. Recent annexation to the Cape of large native districts has rendered necessary a revision of some of the territorial and geographical statements. A full account is given of the newly added districts themselves, the facts having been obtained from the best sources. The chapter on Natal has been rewritten and considerably enlarged, and this is the case also with the chapters on the Free State, the Transvaal and the Gold Fields. The Handbook may now, indeed, be considered to fairly represent not only the Cape Colony, but the whole of South Africa. The statistical returns given in the Cape census for 1875 and the latest Cape Blue Book have, as far as possible, been embodied in the work, thus securing accuracy and bringing information up to the latest date.

The work has been enriched by etchings representing prominent localities and characteristic industries.

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