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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Selous (Frederick Courteney)


Published: MacMillan and Co., London, 1908

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $200


Estimate: $250/300

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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With a "Foreword" by President Roosevelt, and Illustrations by E. Caldwell.

356 pages, frontispiece, 12 plates, original brick red cloth slightly scuffed on the upper and simply repaired at the bottom of the spine, worn along the edges of the covers, titled gilt on the spine, top edge gilt, corners bumped, a good copy.

Czech (Dr. Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books, 1785 to 1999 page 252: 'A wide-ranging work that discusses everything from the colouration of African big game to the extinction of some species in South Africa. There are plenty of big-game hunting episodes, which Selous uses to accent his chapters on Cape buffalo, black rhinoceros, and lion, among others. Written at a time when there was a noticeable depletion of the great game herds, he becomes almost lyrical in his longing for the old days: "but no man will ever again sit by a campfire near one of the little rivers....eating prime pieces of fat elephant's heart, roasted on a forked stick, nor watch the great white rhinoceroses coming to drink just before dark nor lie and listen to herd after herd of elephants drinking and bathing in the river near the camp"'.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (230 x 150 mm)

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