SUTHERLAND, James.

The Adventures of an Elephant Hunter.

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1912 Stock Code: 143131
£650.00
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"One of the classics of African big game hunting" (Czech). First edition, first impression, with an apposite provenance: ownership inscription to front pastedown of Thomas Pinchard Kempson (1855-1941), who is mentioned in Rowland Ward's Records of Big Game (1910) and in the Kenya Gazette for 1912 as being based in Nairobi and one of several individuals responsible for elephant licenses.

The Scottish professional hunter James Sutherland (1872-1932), born in Stornoway, Lewis, served as a highly-decorated captain with the Nyasaland Field Force, and was a professional hunter, described as "the world's mightiest elephant hunter", claiming a sanguinary lifetime tally of between 1, 300 and 1, 600 elephants ("Loyal Lewis" Roll of Honour, 1920, p. 159). "This work recounts the author's elephant hunting exploits primarily along the Luwegu River in German East Africa, and the Locheringo River in Portuguese East Africa. In addition there are encounters with rhinoceros, man-eating lion, leopard, and a variety of plains game. During one elephant stalk, Sutherland's little terrier, Whiskey, survived being thrown into the bush by an enraged pachyderm".

Provenance: although unmarked as such, from the library of John Kingsley-Heath (d. 2011), who ran African safaris for more than half a century and was the author of Hunting the Dangerous Game of Africa (1998); see The Telegraph obituary 17 June 2011.

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Description

Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine, gilt stamp of an elephant to front cover.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and numerous illustrations from photographs

Condition

Binding a little shaken, nicks to head and tail of spine, slight discolouration at fore edge where damped, yet this remains a very good, bright copy.

Bibliography

Czech p. 274.

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