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DU CHAILLU, Paul - VAUCAIRE, Michel.

Paul du Chaillu: Gorilla Hunter.

Being the Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Paul Du Chailu, as recounted for the House of Harper, his Ancient Publisher by... and rendered into English by Emily Pepper Watts.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930 Stock Code: 142108
£375.00
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First edition of this racy biography of the famed African explorer and naturalist, widely recognised as the discoverer of the great gorilla, and as a possible inspiration for Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan, but his reputation more recently the subject of some controversy. A wonderful example of 1930s American book production, retaining the striking jacket, the foil label entirely unoxidized, extraordinarily uncommon and thus desirable in such condition.

Born to a French father and mixed-race woman of African-descent, origins he kept secret, Du Chaillu (1831?-1903) lived among the Massangou people in Gabon and the nearby Apingi tribe, hunting elephants, ostriches, hyenas and dealing with sub-Saharan slave traders, also spent decades at the end of his life travelling extensively in Scandinavia researching his works The Viking Age, and The Land of the Midnight Sun.

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Description

Octavo. Original khaki and moderate brown geometrically-patterned cloth, gold foil paper label to the spine, cloth pattern repeated in pinkish-orange to the endpapers. With unclipped eye-catching "tribal mask" deco design dust jacket.

Illustrations

Colour frontispiece.

Condition

Mild lean, else very good in similar jacket, just slightly rubbed and soiled and with a few minor chips and splits.

Bibliography

See: Henry H. Bucher, Jr., Canonization by Repetition: Paul Du Chaillu in Historiography, Outre-Mers, Revue d'histoire (1979), Nos. 242-243, pp. 15-32

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