The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and other East African adventures.
With a Foreword by Frederick Courteney Selous. [With:] In the Grip of the Nyika. Further Adventures in British East Africa.London: Macmillan and co. Limited, 1907 & 1909 Stock Code: 144319
First editions, first impressions, of these handsomely produced and celebrated African big game narratives. Czech calls Man-Eaters "one of the most famous of all African hunting titles, which describes the slaughter of railroad workers building the Uganda Railway by a pair of man-eating lions"; its extraordinary story has inspired no less than three Hollywood film versions.
John Henry Patterson (1867-1947) is a fascinating figure. Born in Ireland, he joined the British army at 17 and served with distinction in the Second Boer War, winning the DSO in November 1900. During the Home Rule Crisis of 1913-14 he commanded the West Belfast regiment of the UVF and in the First World War was officer commanding the Zionist Mule Corps at Gallipoli and what was known as the Jewish Legion of the Royal Fusiliers, seen as a forerunner of the modern Israeli Defence Force. An ardent Zionist his final request was that he and his wife be buried in Israel.
In the Grip of the Nyika, nyika is the Swahili word for "bush" or "hinterland", describes a return to "the infamous sites of Tsavo", before Patterson "treks into the wilderness of British East Africa. There is a feverish encounter with a rogue elephant that kills Aladdin, Patterson's steed" (Czech).
2 works, octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered spines, gilt roundel devices to front covers, top edges gilt.
Frontispiece to Man-Eaters, illustrations in the text, and maps as called for in both works.
Roundel to front cover of Nyika just a little rubbed otherwise excellent copies, bright, square and clean.
Czech pp. 213-214.
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