Digitised Books

A few years back, I started digitising works by South African authors in the public domain, making them available to read online.

This project was a part-time labour of love, so I primarily focussed on one author: Sol Plaatje. I have retrodigitised two of his books so far:

Mhudi was digitised from a copy available at the JS Gericke Library at Stellenbosch University. Sechuana Proverbs was digitised from a copy at the National Library of South Africa - Cape Town.  I located A Sechuana Reader at the SOAS Library, University of London.

I am still trying to source first editions of the following titles:

  • Native Life in South Africa
  • Bantu Folk-Tales and Poems
  • Dikhontsho tsa bo-Juliuse Kesara (translation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar)
  • Diphosho-phosho (translation of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors)

I also hope to digitise the poetry by Nontsizi Mgqwetho - a female isiXhosa poet.

I digitised the English-Xhosa Dictionary for Nurses by Neil MacVicar as part of my Masters research, and I will put it online as soon as time allows. I am also developing an online Multilingual Dictionary, which uses this dictionary as the basis.


Authors

Solomon T. Plaatje

Solomon T. Plaatje

Born 1876, died 1932.
Linguistic genius. Founding member of the ANC. South Africa's first black novelist. Feminist.


Mhudi

Mhudi

Fiction

by Sol Plaatje

Sechuana Proverbs

Sechuana Proverbs

Non-Fiction

by Sol Plaatje


Coming Soon

The Ama-Xosa: Life and Customs
English-Xhosa Dictionary for Nurses
Specimens of Bushmen Folklore

Last updated: 10 April 2020