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LARDNER, Edgar George Dion.

Soldiering and Sport in Uganda.

1909-1910. With a foreword by R. H. Vetch.

Published: London & Felling-on-Tyne: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd., 1912

Stock code: 111587

Price: £300

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First edition, first impression, in the preferred binding of decorated cloth. Lardner was seconded to the King’s African Rifles at a time of inauspicious German expansion towards Lake Tanganyika. Over the course of his posting he “effected a complete tour round the Protectorate” (Preface), and believed himself to be the first non-native to travel to the M’fumbiro region since Stanley and Emin Pasha. He hunted elephant and buffalo and successfully pursued a hippopotamus on Lake Kazinga. There was also a variant binding of plain cloth.

Octavo. Original diagonally-ribbed blue cloth, titles and decorations after the author’s photographs gilt to spine and front board, top edge gilt, bottom edge untrimmed, black coated endpapers. Photgraphic frontispiece, 57 similar plates, folding area map to rear. Contemporary ownership inscription to half-title. Spine rolled, extremities rubbed and bumped, small interlinear indentation to spine not affecting text, frontispiece cropped along fore edge to no loss of image, text foxed, light toning to plate margins with images spared, overall a very good, solid copy.

Bibliography: Czech p. 160.

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