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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Bell (W.D.M.)

THE WANDERINGS OF AN ELEPHANT HUNTER

Published: Country Life, London, 1923

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $300

Approximately:

Estimate: $350/400

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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First edition: 188 pages, frontispiece, 86 illustrations many from sketches by the author, mustard yellow buckram titled gilt on the spine, brown paper-covered boards with cloth title label inset on the upper cover, corners lightly bumped, foxing on the page edges, contents bright, a good copy - rare in a very worn dust jacket.

Czech (Kenneth) Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books 1785-1999, page 23: 'Bell's first book, detailing his early elephant hunting days in the Karamojo region where the "Karamojan elephants are distinguished for their bodily size, the quality and size of their ivory and for the quantity of fat on them." He also narrates his hunting expeditions through the Sudd, into the Lado Enclave and the interior of Liberia in the decade preceding World War I. This work is further distinguished by the author's sketches of hunting elephant and their vital areas. He was, of course, a great proponent of small bore rifle shooting for elephant, killing them with carefully placed shots at close range'.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: small 4to (260 x 200 mm)


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