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[Boyes (John)]


The Remarkable Adventures of John Boyes, Trader and Soldier of Fortune, Who Became King of the Savage Wa-Kikuyu.

Published: McBride, Nast & Company, New York, 1912

Edition: First edition

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Written by Himself     

Edited by C.W.L. Bulpett 

First US Edition: xv, 320 pages, photograph of the author as frontispiece, 1 map, 11 black and white photographic plates, original red cloth with gilt titling on spine and upper cover, a very good copy. Signed by Edward H. Davis on the front free endpaper. A pencil note describes Davis as 'field collector for "The Museum of the American Indian"'. See -

Czech (Dr. Kenneth P.) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books 1785-1999 (Second enlarged edition, Trophy Room Press, 2011), page 33, describes this as the American edition of John Boyes’ King of the Wa-Kikuyu, published in London in 1911. ‘This is an excellent African adventure story but with only a few pages of hunting for rhinoceros, leopard and lion in British East Africa. Boyes became the virtual leader of the Kikuyu tribe and relates his observations of the people and intertribal warfare.’

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 8vo. (230 x 150 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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