From Cape to Cairo: the First Traverse of Africa from South to North. E. S. Grogan, A. H. Sharp.

From Cape to Cairo: the First Traverse of Africa from South to North

Hardcover, London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1900. First Edition. Very Good-. First Edition. Bound in publisher's original pictorial cloth. Top page edges gilded. Large Octavo, pp xvi, 377, 2 pgs ads, frontispiece, 67 illustrations in the text, 46 black and white plates, 1 full color plate, 1 full page map, 2 maps in the text, 2 color fold-out maps, index. 

Binding is bumped and rubbed at both ends of spine. All corners bumped and rubbed. Gilt spine titles bright. Spine cloth has a 1 inch vertical slit. Pictorial front cover lightly soiled, but bright. Binding is a bit loose. Rear hinge slightly cracked, but sound. All pages, plates, illustrations, and maps present. Mild to moderate age spotting throughout the book including to margins of plates. Front hinge very slightly cracked. Small label of previous UK bookseller on front pastedown. 

This book is important both for its exploration/travel content and its sporting/hunting content. It has lengthy entries in Mendelssohn, Czech, and Howgego. Ewart Scott Grogan (1874-1967) was the first person to walk across the length of Africa from South to North. Although from a good family, Grogan was kicked out of both boarding school and then Cambridge, the latter for herding a flock of sheep into a tutor's room with predictably disastrous results - the sheep apparently ate nearly everything in the room. 

Inspired by the writings of Frederick Courteney Selous, Grogan traveled to Africa and then New Zealand where he fell in love with Gertrude Coleman-Watt. Gertrude's step-father was unimpressed with the young adventurer, but agreed that if Grogan could walk the length of Africa, he would have displayed the discipline and courage needed to marry his step-daughter. Grogan and Gertrude spent most of the rest of their lives in Kenya. 

According to Mendelssohn "The narrative is most vivid and interesting, and many of the countries traversed were little known to Europeans." Medelssohn also says of Grogan "his remarks are characterised by a shrewdness and capability which would have been surprising in the case of a much travelled explorer, but were extraordinary when it is considered the book was written by an undergraduate." 

According to Czech, Grogan hunted buffalo, lion, sable, rhino, and elephant. Czech calls this book "An excellent work of sporting adventures and exploration." From my own readings of Czech "excellent work" is his second highest praise after only "cornerstone work." Howgego mentions that Grogan would go on to "became the youngest man ever to address the Royal Geographical Society" and "founded Kenya's timber industry, built Mombasa's first deep-water port, the country's finest hotel, and first children's hospital." Ships same or next business day well protected in a box. ; 8vo  8" - 9" tall; 377 pages.
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