African Game Trails.
An account of the African wanderings of an American hunter-naturalist.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910 Stock Code: 117116
"ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL BIG-GAME HUNTING EPICS"First and limited edition, number 129 of 500 copies signed by the author, printed on Ruisdael Paper by the De Vinne Press. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The huge party, including over 250 porters and guides, was partly underwritten by Scribner's who gave Roosevelt a 50,000 commission for a series of 12 articles on the safari which form the basis of this book. The party crossed British East Africa, into the Belgian Congo, and traced the Nile across the Sudan to Khartoum. "Lavishly illustrated, African Game Trails was irresistible to readers who could stomach the meticulous descriptions of bullets drilling hearts and brains. Even those who could not... had to concede that Roosevelt was scientific in his scrutiny of every aspect of the African wilderness, and often movingly lyrical. The density of recorded details, whether ornithological, paleontological, botanical, or anthropological, was almost overwhelming. Most came not from notes, but from the author's movie-camera memory, which in advance of any system yet available in nickelodeons, registered both sight and sound. Over and above its documentary appeal, the book exuded a kind of savage romance new to American readers" (Edmund Morris, Colonel Roosevelt, 2010). Sets in such collectable condition and with the surviving chemises and slipcase are most uncommon.
2 volumes, large octavo. Original brown half pigskin, pale grey-brown sides, untrimmed. With the dust jackets, card chemises and original slipcase.
Photogravure portrait frontispiece, 47 photogravure plates (8 of them from drawings by the great wildlife artist Philip R. Goodwin, the rest "from photographs by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition"), all with captioned tissue guards; tit
Contemporary presentation inscription on front free endpaper of volume I, light tan-burn from the corners to the endpapers, slipcase and chemises with splits now professionally restored, some staining and minor stripping from old tape repairs, however overall a remarkably well-preserved set of this handsome production.
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