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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Letcher (Owen)


Published: John Long, London, 1911

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $250


Estimate: $300/400

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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With photogravure portrait of author, 52 illustrations from photographs and a map

First edition: 266 pages, frontispiece portrait, 47 photographic plates, folding map at the end, red cloth recased preserving the original back strip, the spine is faded, the corners have been reinforced, edges uncut, foxing throughout mainly in the text, a good copy.

Czech (Kenneth) An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books 1785-1999 page 164, 'Letcher hunted in the Luangwa Valley for elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, eland, and other game. After crossing the Muchinga Mountains, he bagged rhinoceros and elephant as well as roan. He continued his hunt in the swamplands near Lake Bangweulu, then returned to the Luangwa Valley for additional sport. Letcher also mentioned the chimpakwe, the "Brontosaurus" or similar prehistoric beast that natives described living near Lake Bangweulu. He concludes his book with descriptions of the types of game encountered in the area.'

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (230 x 160 mm)

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