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Powell-Cotton (Percy Horace Gordon)

A SPORTING TRIP THROUGH ABYSSINIA. (Presentation copy signed by the author)

Published: Rowland Ward, London, 1902

Edition: First Edition

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A Narrative of a Nine Months' Journey from the Plains of the Hawash to the Snows of Simien, with a Description of the Game, From Elephant to Ibex, and Notes on the Manners and Customs of the Natives.

First edition: 531 pages + 11 pages publisher’s catalogue, frontispiece, 9 plates and numerous text illustrations, folding coloured map in pocket at the back of the book – slightly torn at the folds, distinctive Rowland Ward end papers, original red cloth binding titled gilt on the upper cover and spine, which is faded and worn,neatly recased but the corners bumped, uncut edges, foxing mainly on the page edges, a good copy.

Inscription on the half title page reads: To F. H. Naish With the authors’ grateful thanks for much kindly help in the transport of his trophies. Signed by Powell-Cotton Quex and dated 22-4-’26

Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton, FZS, FRGS, FRAI, JP (20 September 1866 – 26 June 1940)[1] was an English explorer, hunter and early conservationist, most noted for the creation of the Powell-Cotton Museum in the grounds of his home, Quex Park in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England. Powell-Cotton is noted for bringing an extraordinary number of animal specimens back from his travels across Africa, potentially creating the largest collection of game ever shot by one man. Despite this, Powell-Cotton was an early conservationist, helping categorise a wide number of species across the globe.In 1900, Powell-Cotton met with Emperor Menelik II, who granted him permission to hunt across Ethiopia. Powell-Cotton's subsequent expedition across Ethiopia formed the basis of his first book, A Sporting Trip Through Abyssinia.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (230 x170mm)
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