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18 Apr 2019 16:30 GMT

Selous (Frederick Courteney)

A HUNTER'S WANDERINGS IN AFRICA

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

Published: Richard Bentley & Son, London, 1881

Edition: First Edition

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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 slightly torn at the first fold, 17 engraved plates, - the plate opposite page 320 has been laid down on a new backing page, light foxing, starting to wear at the hinges, and the spine has been simply repaired, original green cloth with the three antelope heads stamped in gold on the upper cover, titled decorative gilt on the spine, uncut edges, corners slightly bumped, a good copy.

Czech (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 Nimrod. The 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 x 150 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Visa & Mastercard and Bank transfers
  • Trade Associations: ABA - ILAB, SABDA


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