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Faulkner (Henry)

ELEPHANT HAUNTS

Being a sportsman's narrative of the search for Doctor Livingstone with scenes of elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus hunting

Published: Hurst and Blackett, London, 1868

Edition: First Edition

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First Edition. 325 pages, frontispiece, title page vignette, light foxing on the preliminary pages, recent half crimson leather with matching cloth boards, decorative gilt and title on the spine, new end papers, a very good copy.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, volume 1, page 534. The first Livingstone search expedition was organised by Her Majesty's Government at the solicitation of the Royal Geographical Society, and it was arranged that Mr. E. D. Young, who had previously served under the explorer, on the Zambesi and Shire Rivers, should be appointed its leader. The author had applied to Sir Roderick Murchison for the post, but as this had been filled he was allowed, at his earnest entreaty, to accompany the party. Mr. Faulkner states that, from the outset, he did not believe in the plausible and circumstantial story related by the Johanna men, and he asserted that he " felt certain these rascals had deserted their leader, and told this cleverly concocted lie to screen their own cowardice." It had been decided that the route to be pursued was to be via the Zambesi, to the southern end of Lake Nyassa, and a start was made from the Kongoni River, on the 27th of July 1867. The expedition explored the country traversed by the Shire River and the Nyassa Lake and the surrounding districts, but although they constantly came in contact with natives who had seen Livingstone and could recognise his portrait, they could never discover the exact whereabouts of the traveller. It appeared, however, that he had been deserted by his followers at Marenga, but that he had succeeded in making his way into the interior, so that the whole statement of the Johanna boys to the effect that he had been murdered by the Maritzus was a deliberate and lying fabrication. There is a description of Portuguese South-East Africa, with notes respecting the sport of the country and its natural features.

Czech (Dr. Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books 1785-1999 page 93.In 1867, Royal Navy lieutenant E. D. Young trekked to Africa to find the great missionary-explorer David Livingstone who was reported to be lost while searching for the origins of the Nile. Henry Faulkner joined the expedition primarily to hunt. His efforts collecting elephant, buffalo and hippo in present day Malawi and around Lake Nyasa are duly captured in this rather scarce narrative.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (220 x140mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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