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Auction #115 begins on 30 May 2024

Selous (Frederick Courteney)


Published: Richard Bentley and Son, London, 1881

Edition: First edition

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Being a Narrative of Nine Years Spent Amongst the Game of the Far Interior of South Africa.

Containing accounts of explorations beyond the Zambesi, on the River Chobe, and in the Matabele and Mashuna countries with full notes upon the natural history and present distribution of all the large Mammalia

With 19 full page illustrations by J.Smit, E.Whymper and Mis A.B. Selous

First Edition: 455 pages, wood engraved frontispiece "A narrow escape; Mashuna Land, September 17, 1878", folding map clumsily folded and slightly torn at the first fold, 18 engraved plates, uncut edge original green cloth with three antelope heads stamped in gold on the upper cover and titled gilt with gilt decoration on the spine, worn along the edges of the spine, the boards are scuffed and worn along the edges, foxing throughout, worn at the hinges, a good copy.

Czech (Dr Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books, 1785 to 1999 page 251: One of the most often reprinted African big game book titles, the first four are the most sought after. Selous travelled through Bechuanaland and Matabeleland with numerous hunting episodes after lion, black rhino, buffalo and elephant particularly in the Linquasi Valley. In the second half of the book he trekked across the Zambesi with a long hunt for elephant in Mashonaland. Throughout the text are descriptions of a wide variety of game bagged including hippo, sable, kudu. Eland and other antelope species. A true classic of the African sporting field.

Taylor (Stephen) The Mighty NimrodThe author's first book. 'A Hunter's Wanderings' was an immediate success and the first edition of 1000 copies sold out within a year.". The first edition of perhaps the most famous of all hunting books.

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 8vo (230 x160mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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