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WORDS ON PAPER - Jeff Fisher

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If you like true stories about real people, are intrigued by serendipity, curious about curiosities, or maybe you are a collector yourself, then this book is for you.

The collecting and researching of any collectable is an intense and pleasurable pastime. Jeff Fisher’s, the author, passion for than half a century has been for collecting handwritten, original letters, antique documents, manuscripts, old share certificates, fire insurance policies, photographs and maps.

The writers of these words on paper include kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, admirals and generals, actors and authors, judges and prisoners, philosophers, statesmen, scientists, and sportsmen. Some were famous, some infamous, some important, others less so. Many you will know about; with others, only their names may be familiar. There’s Admiral Nelson, and the Duke of Wellington; there are queens Elizabeth I and II and kings George III, IV and VI; presidents Eisenhower, Kruger, and Mandela are here; prime ministers Botha, Hertzog and Smuts; explorers Scott and Shackleton. There’s Faraday and De la Rey, and many more, including two controversial giants of history - Napoleon and Rhodes.

The chapters need not be read in any set order, although there is an underlying thread linking them to the life of the author that enabled this eclectic collection to evolve in the way it did.
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JEFF FISHER grew up in Vereeniging and graduated from Wits University in 1960 with an MSc in Physical Chemistry. After a decade in industry at various times as a research chemist, microbiologist and management consultant, he started his own business manufacturing edible oils and health foods.

To supplement his income as a struggling entrepreneur with a young family, he joined North City Brokers part-time, and for several years in the early 1980s was also involved in the diamond industry.

It was during a two-year stay in London in the 1960s that he became an avid collector, with a passion for old letters, antiquarian books, manuscripts, and maps. In the digital age he was able to occupy his retirement years researching these documents to uncover fascinating back stories.

ISBN: 978-0-620-70949-1

Format: Hardcover with end papers, dust jacket, silk place marker ribbon

Size: 210mm w x 255mm h

Page Extent: 384 pages