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Hodson, Arnold W.

Trekking the Great Thirst. Travel and Sport in the Kalahari Desert

Edited by A. E. Nellen, with introductory note by Sir Ralph Williams, K.C.M.G., Governor of Newfoundland, and a foreword by F. C. Selous. 

Published: T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1913

Edition: Second

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8vo; original dark green cloth, with spine and upper board lettered in gilt, and gilt representation of hunter with slain oryx on upper cover; t.e.g.; pp. 359, incl. index; plates throughout; four folding maps, including large folding map at end. Extremities rubbed and corners turned; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper; upper hinge starting between frontis. and title page; moderate foxing throughout. Good condition.

(Czech, pp. 76-7; SABIB 2, p. 570; Hosken, p. 100 [2nd ed.]) "A member of the Bechuanaland Protectorate Police, Hodson's duties carried him into Namaqualand and the regions of the southern Kalahari.  He hunted gemsbok, hartebeest, and springbok enroute, then journeyed from the Chobe River to Victoria Falls where he bagged lion.  Near the Nata River, he collected kudu, leopard and gemsbok.  F. Vaughn-Kirby also contributes a chapter on Lord Selborne's safari into Rhodesia after eland, gemsbok, kudu and water buck.  A popular work in its day that went through several printings." - Czech, An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books, 1785 to 1950.  Apart from its obvious appeal as an exciting account of hunting and adventure off the beaten track, the book has great value as a record of the early history of the Bechuanaland Protectorate, and of the chiefs Khama and the Bamangwato.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Sold By: Christison Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Lindsay Christison
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 041 371 4844
  • Preferred Payment Methods: EFT, Paypal
  • Trade Associations: SABDA, IOBA

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