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ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

African Game Trails.

An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter Naturalist.

New York : 1910 Stock Code: 140562
£675.00
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Notes

First 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. "One of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics, this, with its larger than life sportsmen, was almost continually in print until the 1930s... Roosevelt's total bag was enormous even by the liberal standards of that era" (Czech).

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Description

Octavo (237 x 160 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco, titles in gilt direct to spine, double gilt fillets to compartments, brown cloth boards, light brown endpapers, top edge gilt.

Illustrations

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.

Condition

Ink gift inscription to verso of rear free endpaper dated Christmas 1910. Light rubbing to extremities, small hole to foot of front board and head of rear board, else firm and unfaded, internally clean; a very good copy.

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