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 ...
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.
Good Plus. An account of the African wanderings of an American Hunter / Naturalist. 534 pp, ill. 1910. First Edition, second state of this famous hunting book. Good plus copy. Second state binding: gilt and large pictorial cloth, herd of elephants on front cover.
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.
Very Good + No Dust Jacket. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. First Trade Edition. 1910 date on title page, and Scribner's colophone on copyright page. VG+, no dust jacket. In light brown original binding with gold spine title. Sound binding, very clean internally. Bit of light smudging to cloth covers. Heavy book may require additional postage.
Very Good. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1910. First Edition / First Printing. Leather over cloth boards. Matching dates on the title and copyright. Illustrated with photos and drawings. Book Condition: Very Good+, tight spine, shelf wear, page 70 torn.
Deluxe Limited. VG+ An account of the African Wanderings of the American Hunter-Naturalist. 1910 Scriber's New York. DELUXE edition limited to 500 copies. Printed on Ruisdael paper by the Devinne Press. Two volumes totally 529 pp. Ill. w tissue guards. Classic work by the American President on his tremendous African trip throughout East Africa. Deluxe ed. in half pigskin over paper boards. Internally this book is very nice. The paper boards are vg+. There is almost no wear of leather at corners. There is slight foxing on front free end paper. Overall this is a near vg+ copy of a desirable, cornerstone work on East Africa and big game hunting. Housed in a custom made slipcase of marbled paper.
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