HODSON, Arnold Wienholt.
Seven Years in Southern Abyssinia.
Edited by C. Leonard Leese.
First and only edition, inscribed “With the Governor’s compliments, Arnold Hodson, 22/1/31” on his Government House, Falkland Islands letterhead, mounted to the front free endpaper. Hodson (1881-1944) was appointed British consul to Southern Abyssinia on the outbreak of war in 1914. “[He] arrived in Addis Ababa in 1915, after a journey through the rugged hinterland of the country. On one excursion to the forested region near Mount Marsabit he hunted rhinoceros and elephant” (Czech). He also hunted nyala in the Chilalo Mountains, and notably witnessed the deposition of child-ruler Lij Yasu in 1916. He was posted to South West Abyssinia in 1923, serving until 1926 when he was appointed governor of the Falkland Islands, where he remained until 1930 before returning to Africa with postings in Sierra Leone and Ghana.
Octavo. Original red-brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Frontispiece, sketch-map and 23 plates mostly from photographs. Extremities lightly rubbed and bumped, pale marking to front board, light spotting to edges, contents toned. A very good copy.
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