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29 Aug 2019 16:30 GMT

William Charles Baldwin

African Hunting and Adventure from Natal to the Zambesi

Including Lake Ngami, the Kalahari Desert & c, from 1852 to 1860

Published: Richard Bentley, London, 1863

Edition: Second edition

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1 volume. Second edition 1863. 6 Colour lithographs by J. Wolf.

Prize bindings by Seton & Mackenzie, respected binders

and booksellers based in Edinburgh in mid 1800's.

Full-calf with gilt armorial vignette.

Presentation plate on inside cover.

Gilt lineral borders.

Gilt morocco title + marbled page blocks.

Gilt raised bands with gilt decorative panels.

x, 451 pages.

Tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait.

16 full-page plates [some sepia].

30 in-text illustrations.

1 fold-out map [22 x 38 cm].

"During the last three years of Baldwin's wanderings, he journeyed

over from 12,000 to 15,000 miles of country, and becoming at last

somewhat weary of his vagrant life, he made up his mind that it was

'nearly time to call a halt.' His experiences are written in a simple 

matter-of-fact manner, but he went through more adventures than

almost any other of the great South African travellers and hunters." 

Professor Ken Czech provides the following summary:

"A work of early sport and travel, this describes Baldwin's journeys

through Natal, Zululand, the Transvaal, Bechuanaland, Matabeleland,

and Namaqualand to the Zambesi and the Victoria Falls (though not

yet known as that). He hunted in the lands of the Amatongas and Zulus

where he collected hippopotamus, lion, eland, rhinoceros, buffalo, kudu

and giraffe. Near Lake Ngami, he bagged elephant, then crossed the Tugela

River on his way to the Zambesi (Victoria) Falls where he encountered

buffalo and lion." [Czech,  An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game

Hunting Books, 1785-1950, p. 12]. 

Recorded shipping weight 2000g.

Shipped and recorded by recorded delivery.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 22 x 14.5 cm
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Tom Moloney
  • Country: Ireland
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