1 volume. First edition.
Publishers green cloth with gilt Zebra vignette.
Gilt title with gilt vignette on spine.
Map of the Gold Fields of South Eastern Africa with a
Map of Cape Colony incorporated in one large map
measuring 113 x 79 cm in pocket at rear.
xxiv, 240 pages.
Frontispiece portrait with tissue-guard.
Full-page photographs + in-text illustrations.
Thomas Baines was one of the earliest pioneers of that part of Africa
now known as Rhodesia. He obtained an important concession from Lobengula,
but unfortunately his backers in Europe failed to procure the necessary working
capital so the author missed making the large fortune acquired by holders of
later concessions. An important work containing full information on the subject
of the gold discoveries in Matabelaland and Mashonaland. It is evident that the
author had formed a far higher opinion of Lobengula than was the case with
subsequent explorers, and he appears to have been on excellent terms with the
King, at whose coronation he was present.
A very nice copy.
A talented artist, Baines traveled through Matabeleland where he witnessed
the coronation of King Lobengula. While the text deals primarily with the
author's travels to the gold fields of the region and his encounters with natives,
there are instances of hunting elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, zebra, and lion.
[Czech, An Annotated Bibliography of African
Big Game Hunting Books, 1785-1950, p.9].
Recorded shipping weight 1000g.
Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.
- Binding Condition: Very good
- Overall Condition: Very good
- Size: 23 x 15 cm