Hendrik Cloete, Groot Constantia en die / and the V.O.C. 1778-1799 - G. J. Schutte
Condition: Van Riebeeck Society 2003 edition. Near mint hardback in dust jacket. 336 pages. Some slight foxing on the front and back endpapers, otherwise the book is in mint condition with no markings or signs of ownership.
"In this book a collection of letters and documents is published, which Cloete sent to his friend Hendrik Swellengrebel Jr. in Holland during 1788 and following years in an attempt to obtain the concession from the Dutch East India Company to freely trade and market his famous wines.
This material enables the reader to take a closer look behind the scenes of Cape politics and economic history and learn of the daily life and work of the winemakers of the Groot and Klein Constantia in the late eighteenth century: Hendrik Cloete, Johannes Nicolaas Colijn and their slaves.
The letters and documents are published in the original Dutch with a complete English translation." ~ extract from back of dustjacket.