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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. Written by Himself. Edited by C.W.L. Bulpett

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

Edition: First American Edition

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First American Edition: xv, 320 pages, photograph of the author as frontispiece, 1 map, 11 black and white photographic plates, uncut edges with light foxing, starting to wear at the front hinge, original red cloth with gilt titling on the upper cover and spine, a very good copy.

Czech (Dr. Kenneth ) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books 1785-1999 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.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (230 x 150 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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