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30 May 2019 16:30 GMT

William Astor Chanler

Through Jungle and Desert

Travels in Eastern Africa

Published: Macmillan & Co., Ltd, London, 1896

Edition: First edition

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1 volume. First edition. Scarce. 

Maps are very rare as second editions did not contain the maps.

Publishers navy cloth boards with gilt border.

Gilt vignette of hippopotamus head on cover.

Gilt title on spine.

xiv, [1], 535 pages + 2 page publishers catalogue.

Frontispiece full-page portrait with tissue-guard.

19 full-page + in-text illustrations.

2 large fold-out maps in rear pocket.

Dedication page & preface.

The work includes a good deal of material on travel and exploration

in Africa and is also a very important work on big game hunting in

Eastern Africa. The author hunted exhaustively and saw many new

species, one of which (Chanler's reedbuck) was named for him. He

travelled with Lt. von Höhnel (author of Discovery of Lakes Rudolf

and Stefanie) as his companion and had the same guide as Sir Samuel Baker.

Big game hunting between the Tana and Juba rivers. One of the finest

reading books on African hunting and travelling and describing the pristine

territory of eastern Africa, in the years immediately before the commencement

of the Uganda Railway.

Kenneth Czech gives us the following account;

Accompanied by Ludwig von Höhnel, the author set out on a 

scientific expedition to explore the region north of the River Tana,

between Lake Rudolph and Stephanie and the Indian Ocean.

Chanler preferred lightweight Winchester and Mannlicher repeating

rifles as opposed to large caliber express rifles, and decried the notion

of "shocking" power as a sales tool of gunmakers. Near the Mackenzie

River, the party bagged hippopotamus and rhinoceros. Following the Guaso

Nyiro, they discovered the river dropping sixty feet over a course of black

lava and named the flow Chanler Falls. They continued to hunt rhino as well

as collecting oryx and other plains game, eventually bagging elephant near

Rendile territory. A well-written work of discovery, adventure, and big game

hunting. [Czech, An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game

Hunting Books, 1785 to 1950, p.34]

Recorded shipping weight 2500g.

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  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 25 x 18 cm
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
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  • Country: Ireland
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