McNEILL, Malcolm.

In Pursuit of the "Mad" Mullah.

Service and Sport in the Somali Protectorate. With a Chapter by Lieutenant A. C. H. Dixon.

London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd, 1902 Stock Code: 140372

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First edition, scarce. The "Mad" Mullah of the title was an epithet given by the British to Sayyid Muhammad 'Abd Allah al-Hasan (1856-1920), a Somali religious and patriotic leader who established the Dervish State in Somalia and fought the 20-year Somaliland Campaign against British, Italian and Ethiopian forces. "When not pummeling the Mullah and his followers with Maxim guns, McNeill bagged lion, gazelle, gerenuk, and kudu near Sanala and Burao. On Wagger Mountain, he collected klipsringer and baira while on a prolonged hunt. McNeill concludes with a plea for sportsmen to stop the "indescriminate slaughter" of lions in the region" (Czech). McNeill, a captain in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, accompanied the British Expedition led by Lt. Col. E. J. Swayne, to protect pro-British tribes in Somalia. Swayne "raised a body of about two thousand mainly local troops - the Somali Levy - to take on the dervish rebels. Starting in April 1901, Swayne carried out cat-and-mouse attacks" (Max Arthur, Symbol of Courage, p. 179). McNeill was killed in Flanders in 1917 aged 51.

This copy with the ownership signature of H. W. B. Thorp on the front pastedown. Thorp served in the campaign as a lieutenant with the Yorkshire Light Infantry.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt and to front board in black, pictorial decorations to front board in blind.


Portrait frontispiece of the author, 13 plates and 1 folding plan.


Extremities a touch rubbed and bumped, substantial foxing to prelims and rear endpaper, text block toned, short closed tear to fore margin of p. 305. A very good copy.


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