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Auction #113 begins on 29 Feb 2024

Farini (G.A.)

THROUGH THE KALAHARI DESERT

A Narrative of a Journey With Gun, Camera, and Note-Book to Lake N'Gami and Back

Published: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1886

Edition: First Edition

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475 pages and 32 pages of publisher's catalogue, 2 portraits as frontispieces, 44 full-page and other illustrations, folding plan of 'The Hundred Falls of the Orange River', folding map, original pictorial light green cloth over bevelled boards, titled gilt on upper cover and spine, bookplate on each of the front paste-down endpapers, an unusually good copy.

'Farini was one of the more extraordinary African travellers. Born William Leonard Hunt in the backwoods of Ontario his life continued through many worldly adventures so numerous and unusual it seems incredible that one man experienced them all. He was the leader of the circus troup the Flying Farinis, the mastermind of the first human cannonball act, the inventor of folding theatre seats and the modern parachute, the creator of Africa's great myth of the Lost City of the Kalahari and a renowned botanist and artist.' From 'The Great Farini, The Hire-Wire Life of William Hunt' by Shane Peacock, 1996.

  • Overall Condition: A very good copy
  • Size: 8vo (230 x 160 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
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  • Trade Associations: ABA - ILAB, SABDA


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