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The Cape Monthly Magazine Vols. 5-11

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3059D-J,X

Scope and Contents

Collection of original prints inserted in issues of the monthly magazine, and one separately mounted (Y3059J). The captions have been used as titles and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of their creation. A list of photographs published in the magazine is on pages 259-262 of Marjorie Bull and Joseph Denfield's 'Secure the shadow', though it is not entirely complete.


  • Creation: 1859 - 1862

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

The Cape Monthly Magazine was first published in 1857. In 1859, under new editorship, it began to include actual photographic prints inserted with accompanying text, and it appears to be the first publication in South Africa illustrated by this method. The earlier subjects were portraits taken by Frederick Arlington Viler York (1823-1903), but he left South Africa in April 1861 and the illustrations thereafter were by other photographers, including Arthur Green (1832-1873) to whom York sold his business. The latter photographs include scenes as well as portraits. The magazine ceased publication in 1862, and when it was revived in 1870, it did not include photographs.


.07 cubic metre(s) (7 volumes containing 40 images and 1 mounted print.)

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Existence and Location of Originals

The journal is stored at RCS.Per.630.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 188-190.


Bull, Marjorie and Denfield, Joseph (1970), 'Secure the shadow: the story of Cape photography from its beginnings to the end of 1870', Cape Town: T. McNally.


This item level description was entered by WS and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Cape Monthly Magazine

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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