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HEPBURN, A. Barton.

The Story of an Outing.

Published: New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1913

Stock code: 102006

Price: £325

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First edition. “Hunting in open country near Mt. Kenia, the author bagged a large variety of plains game including lesser kudu, gazelle, impala, wildebeest, and eland, as well as lion and buffalo. Perhaps the most exciting passage in this little volume is taken from a letter written by Hepburn’s companion, H. Lloyd Folsom, detailing the dangers of a lion hunt” (Czech). Hepburn had a varied career, he had been a professor of mathematics, lawyer, superintendent of banking of the state of New York, five-term member of the New York State Assembly, and national bank examiner for New York City for three years before being appointed Comptroller of the Currency by President Benjamin Harrison. An internationally recognised authority on financial and economic questions, Hepburn returned to banking when President Cleveland took office, later becoming president of the Chase National Bank. Hepburn’s party was guided by the legendary “White Hunter” R.J. Cunninghame, who had conducted Theodore Roosevelt’s 1909 safari in British East Africa, the publicity for which had created a craze among well-heeled Americans for such adventures. An uncommon book, particularly so in the attractive jacket.

Octavo. Original brown buckram, matching textured paper covered boards, sand buckram tips, title gilt to the spine together with an inverted fleuron device. With the dust jacket in paper matching the boards, lettered to the spine with the binding brasses. Frontispiece and 51 photographic illustrations to the text Very slight shelf-wear, endpapers a little browned, text toned, but overall very good indeed, the jacket just a little rubbed and with some very minor chips and splits to the edges. Prize bookplate from St. Catherine’s High School for Girls, St. Mary-Church, Devon, awarded in 1925, a little incongruously, to Ethel Watson for drawing.

Bibliography: Czech p.124

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