A HUNTING EXPEDITION TO THE TRANSVAAL
George Bell and Sons. 1879 London, 1st end, 298pp, gilt stamped elephant on the cover. A fine copy rebound in 3/4 red leather with contrasting boards. Five raised hubs, gilt stamping, dentelles. Marbled end papers. Superb condition. Item #000865
Hailing from Portugal the author, Ferdinand Das Neves, set out from Lourenco Marques on an expedition into the Transvaal in 1860 to collect ivory and stimulate trade in Portuguese territory. He hunted along the Save River where he got hippo, buffalo and various antelopes. Then near Zoutspansberg he encountered lion, elephant, buffalo and other game. This is one the most difficult to find hunting books ever; it was first published in Portuguese and was then translated into English in 1878 and issued in an very, very small edition the following year. We have had this book for sale 3 times in 30 plus years of book dealing.