African Game Trails


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ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910. Large octavo, original brown pictorial cloth gilt, top edge gilt, uncut. $9600.

First trade edition, inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt in the year of publication: "To Sir William Edmund Garstin with the regard of Theodore Roosevelt, Sept 20th 1910." With 50 illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. From the renowned Americana collection of Mrs. Philip D. Sang.

Soon after declining to run for the presidency again, Roosevelt and his son Kermit set out in 1909 on a ten-month expedition across central and northern Africa to hunt big game and collect specimens for the Smithsonian Institution. "One of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics, this, with its larger than life sportsmen, was almost continuously in print until the 1930s. In British East Africa, Roosevelt hunted lion and plains game on the Kapiti Plains, while, in the Bondoni hill country, he collected rhinoceros and giraffe. On Juja Farm, his son Kermit faced leopard, while Teddy bagged rhino and hippopotamus. On the Kamiti River, buffalo were taken. Near the Sotik, additional rhino and lion were hunted, with elephant bagged near Mt. Kenia. On the Guaso Nyiro, giraffe and a variety of plains game were shot. Further adventures included hunting elephant near Lake Nyanza, rhino and plains game in the Lado, and eland on the Nile. Roosevelt's total bag was enormous even by the liberal standards of that era" (Czech, 138-39). Issued simultaneously in a signed limited edition; trade editions were issued in plain brown cloth and pictorial cloth (as here), no priority established. Without extremely scarce dust jacket. Wheelock, 6. This copy was in the renowned Americana collection of Mrs. Philip D. Sang until 1985.

Interior clean, some darkening and toning to cloth, gilt bright. An extremely good copy, scarce and desirable inscribed, with a nice provenance.

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