[Cape Town], Central News Agency Limited, 1934.
Octavo, xii, 631,  (advertisements) pages with several tables and 133 illustrations (from photographs).
Cloth a little scuffed, marked, flecked, and a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities; spine lightly sunned; some cuttings and pages of manuscript pasted in at the beginning and end of the book (see below); a very good copy.
South African Agricultural Series, Volume XIII. Provenance: Dr Edward Angas Johnson (1873-1951), with his name-stamp on the title page, and numerous related inserts. Dr Angas Johnson, a great-grandson of George Fife Angas, was an Adelaide medical practitioner, prominent in public health circles. In 1924 he became 'medical officer of health for Adelaide, an appointment he held until 1938. At the same time he was chairman of the Adelaide Board of Health, a member of the Metropolitan County Board and the Metropolitan Abattoirs Board and represented the government on the Central Board of Health. He was a governor and benefactor of the Botanic Garden and published many papers on the history of plants'. Mounted on the front pastedown and both sides of the front flyleaf and half-title is a five-page autograph letter signed by the author to Dr Angas Johnson, in response to one from him. Steyn thanks him for his 'friendly remarks about my book'. He agrees with Angas Johnson about the 'number of books on Native Remedies, which are practically useless', and recommends two that aren't. The next two pages provide much information on 'treatment for your ringworm', including three 'remedies of great value'. In conclusion he notes that 'The investigations into the nature of the active principles of our indigenous plants have been sadly neglected in the past and very little is known about them. There are no publications except Watt's and my book on the matter'. Loosely inserted is the handwritten draft and duplicate typed copy of a letter (dated 12 April 1937) from Angas Johnson to the Minister of Agriculture, Adelaide, relating to ringworm, making reference to Steyn. The information 'may be of interest to your readers in the Journal of Agriculture. The various remedies being for human beings - no doubt your Veterinary Officers would know the doses for animals'.