African Game Trails.
An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter Naturalist.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910 Stock Code: 134769
A lavishly illustrated work in a fine bindingFirst trade edition, first printing. 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).
Octavo (233 x 155 mm). Finely bound in green morocco gilt, titles in gilt on spine, raised bands, compartments with African game figures in gilt within floral and foliate motifs, the latter repeated at each corner of boards and turn-ins, gilt pictorial green morocco onlay of an elephant on front board, boards and turn-ins ruled in double gilt fillets, edges gilt, marbled endpapers.
Photographic portrait frontispiece, 8 plates from drawings by Philip R. Goodwin, numerous photographs to the text, "by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition", many of them full-page.
A fine copy.
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