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Auction #116 begins on 11 Jul 2024

Selous (Frederick Courteney)

TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE IN SOUTH-EAST AFRICA

Being the narrative of the last eleven years spent by the author on the Zambesi and its tributaries; with an account of the colonisation of Mashunaland and the progress of the gold industry in that country with numerous illustrations and a map

Published: Rowland Ward & Co., London, 1893

Edition: First Edition

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First edition: 503 pages, frontispiece portrait of the author, 22 plates, 35 illustrations in the text, colour folding map strengthened with tape on the back at the folds, rebound in half red leather with marbled boards and matching endpapers, black title labels gilt on the spine, a very good copy.

Czech (Dr Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books 1785 to 1999, page 251-252: 'In this work recounting eleven years of exploration, work and sport in the 1880's and 1890's, Selous describes numerous adventures with lions and leopards, particularly near the Zambezi, Zweswi, and Manyami Rivers, with additional sport after rhinoceros, eland and hartebeest. After returning to the Transvaal, he linked with Montague Kerr and travelled into Matabeleland. Selous hunted more lions and rhinoceros, and vividly depicts an elephant hunt near the Zweswi River. In 1886, he hunted through Mashonaland, but was forced to escape after his camp was destroyed by hostile tribesmen. Eventually reaching the Zambezi, he hunted lion and lost a canoe to a hippopotamus. He concludes with a chapter on rifles, and another reflecting earlier sporting adventures after elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and others.'

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: large 8vo (230 x 160 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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