Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was a British explorer, officer, hunter, and conservationist, famous for his work in south-east Africa. In early 1882 he embarked on an eleven-year expedition to record species that, to his great sadness, were becoming endangered. First published in 1893, these revealing memoirs document the wildlife, ...
Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was a British explorer, officer, hunter, and conservationist, famous for his work in south-east Africa. In early 1882 he embarked on an eleven-year expedition to record species that, to his great sadness, were becoming endangered. First published in 1893, these revealing memoirs document the wildlife, landscapes and people that characterised his journey. Through vivid descriptions and extensive illustrations, he recalls exhilarating adventures with lions, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles, recounts challenging treks across lakes and mountains, and describes hostile - and at times barbaric - encounters with native peoples. Detailed accounts of hunting endeavours, colonial institutions, and commercial enterprises such as gold mining, also feature in this study, which provides a unique and diverse perspective on Africa in the late nineteenth century. Insightful and revealing, Selous' experiences remain of enduring interest to geographers, anthropologists, zoologists, and all those interested in African history and culture.
Facsimile reprint of the 1893 edition, 503 pages + catalogue, numerous illustrations, folding coloured map: 11 years on the Zambesi with an account of the colonisation of Mashunaland & the progress of the gold industry; hardback, de luxe edition in full tan leatherette with raised bands, gilt edges, vg-a heavy book that may attract extra postage.
As new, hardback. Being the Narrative of the Last Eleven Years Spent by the Author on the Zambesi and its Tributaries; with an Account of the Colonisation of Mashunaland and the progress of the Gold Industry in that Country. Reprint pp. xviii, 503, illustrations. Time-Life Books Classics of Exploration.
503p, portrait frontispiece, plates, text-illustrations and folding maps, all edges gilt, hardback (padded imitation brown leather, the upper cover ruled in red and gilt and the spine with mock raised bands and five red imitation labels), a fine copy  This is a reprint of the 1893 Edition.
Near Fine. Being the narrative of the last eleven years spent by the author on the Zambesi and its tributaries; with an account of the colonization of Mashunaland and the progress of the gold industry in that country. Octavo, about 8.5 inches (22 cm) tall, in quarter white buckram on green paper covered boards. 503 pages illustrated by drawings and a folding map. A justifiably famous early book on big game hunting in Africa. Well written and well illustrated. This is a facsimile of the first edition published in London in 1893. Clean and sound inside. The covers are lightly edge worn. Lacking dustjacket.
NEW. No Jacket. 503pp, illustrations, maps. Leather-bound, all edges gilt. In Mint unread & new condition. Beautifully-produced complete facsimile of the 1893 first edition of one of the classic books of African exploration and adventure. 48.
503pp, illustrations, maps. Leather-bound, all edges gilt. In Mint unread & as new condition. Beautifully-produced complete facsimile of the 1893 first edition of one of the classic books of African exploration and adventure.
Near fine in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 503 pp, ill. Selous' last 11 years spent along the Zambesi and its tributaries. His longest and best work. Incl. his final hunting years with memories and stories from his early days as well. One of the better reprints of this work. Near fine in like dj/
Good. Frederick Courteney Selous DSO (1851-1917) was a British explorer, officer, hunter, and conservationist, famous for his exploits in the south and east of Africa. His real-life adventures inspired Sir H. Rider Haggard to create the fictional Allan Quatermain character. Selous was also a good friend of Theodore Roosevelt, Cecil Rhodes and Frederick Russell Burnham. His image remains a classic, romantic portrait of a proper Victorian period English gentleman of the colonies, one whose real life adventures and exploits of almost epic proportions generated successful Lost World and Steampunk genre fictional characters like Allan Quatermain, to a large extent an embodiment of the popular "white hunter" concept of the times. Nonetheless, Selous reportedly remained a modest and stoic pillar in personality all throughout his life. He was widely remembered in real tales of war, exploration and big game hunting as balanced blend between a gentleman officer and intrepid adventurer. This is the first edition, bound in the publisher's original illustrated orange-tan cloth, featuring two male lions in gilt on the front cover. External condition is only about good. The cloth is rather marked and scuffed. Though the binding is intact, there is wear at the corners and hinges, some mottling to the spine, and splitting of the cloth along the hinges. The hinges are tender but still firmly attached. The contents are near fine. Printed on heavy, quality paper, they impart a heavy, substantial feel to the book and feature numerous illustrations and a folding map, as well as a tissue-protected frontispiece. The contents remain bright and clean with no spotting and the original black endpapers are present. One previous owner's name is inked on the half title and another appears in pencil on the ffep. An excellent and extensive work, covering eleven years travel and exploration, and running to nearly 500 pages.
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