Hardcover, London: John Murrary, 1913. First Edition. Very Good. Octavo, pp xix, 291. Frontispiece of a Somali lion, 12 full page photographs, 1 full page illustrations, 4 in text illustrations, 1 in text map. Bound in publisher's red cloth with gold cover and spine decorations of a lion and gold titles. Top page edges gilt. This book was apparently a gift from the author (possibly a review copy) , it has a small sheet of paper with the words "With the Author's Compliment's" laid in. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Spine a bit faded from age. Both ends of spine bumped. Corners bumped. Side page edges age spotted. Front endpapers and title page have a bit of age spotting. Text and photographs clean.
Sir Alfred E. Pease (1857-1939) was a British member of parliament (1885-1892) and Baron who was a member of a family of Quaker industrialists. When his family business failed, Pease left England for South Africa and then British East Africa. In 1906 he leased 6,000 acres of land in British East Africa (Kenya) and founded an ostrich ranch and hunted big game. Many of the famous hunters of the day stayed at his ranch including Theodore Roosevelt during his famous Smithsonian expedition.
Pease is mentioned in many of their personal accounts and Roosevelt described him as "a singularly good rider and one of the best game shots I have ever seen." This particular book is both a scientific look at lions covering their physical characteristics, behavior, and distribution as well as a description of Pease's many hunts after lion in British East Africa, Somalia, Algeria, and South Africa. There is also a chapter on the history of lion hunting. One of the better books on lion hunting. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 291 pages. [Item #77584]