While he is best known for being the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is also remembered for his immense love of nature, animals, and game hunting. "African Game Trails" is Roosevelt's memoirs about a hunting trip to Africa that he took with his son Kermit in 1908. In the text, he vividly describes the country in exotic ...
While he is best known for being the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is also remembered for his immense love of nature, animals, and game hunting. "African Game Trails" is Roosevelt's memoirs about a hunting trip to Africa that he took with his son Kermit in 1908. In the text, he vividly describes the country in exotic detail. In full detail, he depicts the enthusiastic thrill of the hunt as well as the beauty of the animals he tracked. He also portrays his interactions with other famous game hunters such as Major Boyd Cunningham and Frederick Selous, who is known as one of the last big game hunters in Africa. As a naturalist, Roosevelt was immensely interested in the native flora and fauna of East Africa. He included descriptions of fascinating plants and animals that are only found on the continent, introducing the natural landscape of Africa to readers who had never seen it. Roosevelt was a firm believer in portraying wildlife as naturally as possible; he even wrote a number of essays denouncing anthropomorphism in literature. He wanted his works to be as realistic and life-like as possible, so that "African Game Trails" is a true representation of the beauty and majesty that Roosevelt saw during his trip to East Africa. His adventures in the untamed jungles of the continent are as thrilling now as they were when the book was first published in the early twentieth century.
Very Good. AFRICAN GAME TRAILS. Scribners, N.Y. 1910, 1st edition, 529 pages, TEG, illustrated. There were two states of the first edition published about the same time. This is the one with the tan binding and two small gilt elephant heads on either side of the title on the front cover. The tan cover with gilt lettering and decorations on cover and spine are intact. There is a small crease on the word "African" on the spine. There is a previous owner bookplate on the front pastedown and an inscription dated 1910 on the front endpaper, otherwise the contents are tight and clean. Overall a Very Good Plus copy. $250.00.
Near Fine. No Jacket Issued. AFRICAN GAME TRAILS. Scribners salesman's sample features the cover of the Conkey-Hammond first edition. Inside on the firont pastedown has been affixed the complete spine of that edition and also the spine of the deluxe leather edition. There is a description of Roosevelt's trip and its purposes and scope, a sample of T.R. 's handwritten text, background of the illustrations and several pages taken from the book itself An usual item, it is in Near Fine condition with only some browning to the first page caused by the leather spine affixed to the front pastedown. An interesting item for the Roosevelt collector. Scarce.
Very Good. AFRICAN GAME TRAILS. Scribner's, N.Y. 1910, first edition, 583 pages, illustrated in B & W. There were two versions of the first edition. This is the one printed at the Conkey Hammond Press. Olive Green pictorial cover of a herd of elephants is bright and unblemished. There is only moderate cover wear. There are no marks or inscriptions, A Very Good Plus copy.
Very Good. No Jacket. xv + 529pp, 50 illustrations with tissue guards. Original brown cloth boards with gilt titles and gilt vignettes of elephants on front board. Spine sunned, faint cup ring markto upper board, else clean, tight and unmarked. No foxing. Privately owned. Czech Africa, pp. 138-139: "One of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics, this, with its larger than life sportsmen, was almost continuously in print until the 1930s. In British East Africa, Roosevelt hunted lions and plains game on the Kapiti Plains, while, in the Bondoni hill country, he collected rhinoceros and giraffe, on the Kamiti River, buffalo were taken. Near the Sotik, additional rhino and lion were hunted, with elephant bagged near Mt. Kenia. Roosevelt's total bag was enormous even by the liberal standards of that era." VG+. SB4.
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