FITZPATRICK, Sir Percy.

Jock of the Bushveld.

Illustrated by E. Caldwell.

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907 Stock Code: 142514
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Perhaps one of the best dog stories ever written

Scarce first edition, first impression, of this South African classic.

Reviewing the book in the TLS on first publication in 1907, John Buchan wrote: "to those who have some experience of the land and the life about which Fitzpatrick writes, Jock of the Bushveld will be a cherished possession. We know of no African book in which there is the same minute and loving observation of nature. Sir Percy sees the beauty of a landscape while the average man thinks of a waste of thorn and swamp. There is something of Jefferies in the style, something of Borrow, a touch of Mr. Kipling, and a great deal which is his own" While Mendelssohn describes it as "Perhaps one of the best dog stories ever written." The first impression is distinguished by having three uncorrected marginal illustrations of a dung beetle at pp. 65, 337 & 457. Later impressions show it rolling its load correctly with its back, rather than front, legs.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, title to spine and front cover in gilt, design of antelope to spine and dog to front cover in gilt.

Illustrations

Colour frontispiece with tissue guard, 22 monochrome plates and fully illustrated margins.

Condition

Cloth bright and fresh, contents clean and without ownership marks, inner hinges repaired. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Mendelssohn I, p. 550.

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