Hardcover, Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1875. First Edition. Octavo, pp xxi, 428. Frontispiece color African scene, color title page vignette of an African village scene, 12 additional full page color illustrations, 20 black and white illustrations in the text, 1 full page black and white illustration, 1 full page map. Publisher's dark green cloth binding with gilt spine titles and buffalo head on front cover. Bumped at both ends of spine, a bit of wear to covers, binding sound, but last 10 pages beginning to pull away.
William Henry Drummond was a hunter, trader, and civil servant and son of a Viscount. From 1867-1872 he hunted in Zululand, Swaziland, and Togoland in what is today South Africa. He kept a journal throughout these years and used it to write this nine chapter book, plus two appendices. In order, the chapters relate his experiences hunting buffalo, rhinoceros, eland, elephant, lions, leopards, hunting with dogs, antelopes, and game birds. The numerous illustrations are by Edward Hodges from sketches made by Drummond while he was in Africa. Drummond claimed he was not a naturalist, and everything he wrote about he experienced personally. No less than Peter Hathaway Capstick recycled some of the adventures in this book in his own Death in the Dark Continent. Here's the original as Drummond himself experienced it nearly 150 years ago. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 428 pages. [Item #77206]