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SA Auction #84 begins on 30 Jul 2020

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Hyatt (Stanley Portal)


Published: Andrew Melrose, London, 1914

Edition: First Edition

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First edition: 301 pages, frontispiece, 11 plates, original blue cloth, light foxing, starting to fray at the top and the bottom of the spine, a good copy.

Stanley Portal Hyatt (2 January 1877 - 30 June 1914) was an English explorer, hunter, and writer. Hyatt left his comfortable family home and went travelling around the world c. 1896. He arrived in Africa to seek his fortune during 1898. In his written works, Hyatt describes his life and experiences in Australia, Rhodesia and the Philippines. He wrote fluently and skilfully about life on "The Road", and about his fellow-riders and his animals. Hyatt had a bitter contempt for commercially inspired progress, vehemently defending the "underdog" whenever he could, and was a savage critic of The Establishment. The Old Transport Road and The Diary of a Soldier of Fortune are his famous works. The Old Transport Road is an informative and absorbing book. It is also a tribute to those who braved the trackless wilderness by ox-waggon - men who can legitimately be compared to the 19th-century pioneers of modern America.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (220 x 150 mm)
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