Good in fair dust jacket. 1950. 582 pages. Blue and yellow, pictorial dust jacket over green cloth. Firm binding. Noticeable foxing, tanning and handling marks with dedication to previous owner at front endpaper. Contains B&W plates with water marking along block-edge. Slight bumping to corners with moderate rubbing along edges and over surfaces. Unclipped, fragmented jacket with loss along spine. Chipping and tears to spine ends and along edges with noticeable rubbing and wear over surfaces. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1465550365BJN (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
1961. THIS COPY SHOWS SOME USAGE, MARKINGS AND RUBBING TO COVER EDGES. The volume remains a good reading copy with bright clear content. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
Fine. These First Edition, almost mint, HARDBACKS, East African Railways and Harbours, Nairobi, Kenya, 1949, have dark green cloth covers with gilt embossed badges on the covers with gilt lettering to the spines. The book sizes are 8"w x 10"h with with sound corners and hinges. Volume I has an index, with sepia photographs, 2 fold out maps and 582 clear pages with very slight spotting. Volume II has an index, sepia photographs, one fold out map and 108 clear pages on high quality paper. ( These books should be read in conjunction with Alan Scholefield's thrilling fictional account "Lion in the Evening." I literally stopped breathing with suspense anticipating the next lion attack in the pitch black African night. The film "The Ghost and The Darkness" ( 1996 ) with Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas is excellent and also a must have and based on "The Lunatic Express" by Charles Miller! Boudicca's Books. ) Sir Reginald Robins, C.M.G., O.B.E. Commissioner for Transport, East Africa High Commission. "This book, which is the official history of the development of the railway, ports and inland waterways in Kenya and Uganda, is a record of human endeavour; not only of physical endurance, but also of the effort necessary to convince Parliament at the end of last century ( 19th ) of the necessity to open the country by the building of the railway, also of the endeavour of developing the railway, once it had been built, into an efficient transport system designed to serve the best interests of the people of East Africa. The conception of a railway in East Africa, which is fully recorded in this book, was one of the interesting interludes in the Parliaments of the last century, and many who know little of Colonial Development will be familiar with the satire it aroused in that remarkable parliamentary figure, Labouchere. The difficulties of building the railway make a fascinating story and one that has attracted a considerable amount of notice in the past, starting with the publication of that most interesting story The MAN-EATERS OF TSAVO, by Lt. -Col. J. H. Patterson, D.S.O., one of the engineers employed on the construction. Not so much is known of the trials and difficulties, administrative, financial and political, of making a railway track through the African deserts and bush into an efficient instrument of transport, which formed the basis of White Settlement in East Africa and which has played an important part in two world wars. This history records some of the difficulties of the earlier transport administrators and the success which attended their efforts. The decision to have this history written was taken in 1942, and Mr. M. F. Hill was selected to undertake the task which, although such a comparatively short time had passed since the inception of the railway, involved considerable research. A research made no easier by the fact that many of the original documents had been lost or destroyed… . ( foreword )
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