SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF AFRICAN GAME TRAILS, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910. Two volumes. Large octavo, original three-quarter tan pigskin rebacked with original spines neatly laid down, uncut. $7500.
Signed limited first edition, number 495 of only 500 copies signed by Roosevelt, with 50 illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings, and a map.
"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 trade edition. Without scarce original dust jackets. Wheelock, 6. Old bookseller inventory ticket laid in; binder's labels to rear pastedowns.
Minor spotting to endpapers, text and plates clean, light rubbing to corners, faint discoloration to boards. An extremely good, nicely restored copy.