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Selous (F.C.)


Published: Macmillan and Co. Limited, London, 1908

Edition: Second impression

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With a "Foreword" by President Roosevelt, and Illustrations by E. Caldwell.

Second Impression, August 1908: 356 pages, frontispiece, 12 plates, half brown calf spine decorated gilt and with red leather title labels, faux leather sides, a very good copy.

Czech (K.) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books, 1785 - 1999 (2011), page 146: 'A wide-ranging work that discusses everything from the colouration of African big game to the extinction of some species in South Africa. There are plenty of big-game hunting episodes, which Selous uses to accent his chapters on Cape buffalo, black rhinoceros, and lion, among others. Written at a time when there was a noticeable depletion of the great game herds, he becomes almost lyrical in his longing for the old days: "but no man will ever again sit by a camp fire near one of the little rivers....eating prime pieces of fat elephant's heart, roasted on a forked stick, nor watch the great white rhinoceroses coming to drink just before dark nor lie and listen to herd after herd of elephants drinking and bathing in the river near the camp"'.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo (210 x 145 mm)
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