Hardcover, Hartford, CT: O. D. Case & Co, 1868. Octavo, pp. Xx, 624. Frontispiece portrait of the whirlpool at Royan Junction, 15 full page illustrations, 1 fold-out map, 1 full page map, index. Bound in publisher's half leather with marbled paper boards and marbled endpapers. Previous owner name to first free endpaper. Rubbing to front and back covers with extensive loss of marbling.
Samuel Baker (1821-1893) was a world renowned English big-game hunter and explorer whose books are considered hunting classics and cornerstones of every big-game hunting library. This book is Baker's narrative of his adventures charting the Blue Nile in Abyssinia and his many hunting adventures along the way. He describes hunts after lion, elephant, giraffe, rhinoceros, baboons, and buffalo. He describes an elephant hunt by sword wielding Arabs and participates in a hunt after a pair of rhino that begins on foot with a rifle and ends in a dashing 2 mile horseback chase before losing the wounded rhino in thick jungle. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 624 pages. [Item #77387]