Hardcover, London: MacMillan and Co. , Ltd, 1908. Very Good. Second Printing from August, 1908. Octavo, pp. xxx, 356. Frontispiece illustration of leopards attacking giraffes, 12 additional full page illustrations, index. Bound in publisher's red cloth with gold spine titles and gilded top page edges. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Small section of glue residue from removed previous bookseller label on rear pastedown. Both ends of spine bumped, corners rubbed.
Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was the greatest big-game hunter of his generation. This book was written near the end of his career and consists of his hunting true stories from Mashonaland, Matabeleland, and South Africa. He writes about black rhino, lion, cape buffalo, elephants, antelope, hyena, African wild dogs, the tse-tse fly, and other animals as well as the extinction of some species. He writes about the coloration of the animals, nature in general, and the current ranges of game in Southern Africa. Selous lived through a time when the great game herds became noticeably depleted and passages of the book are an almost lyrical longing for the old days when game was far more plentiful. Foreword by Theodore Roosevelt. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 356 pages. [Item #77522]