THE RECOLLECTIONS OF WILLIAM FINAUGHTY ELEPHANT HUNTER 1864-1875. Finaughty W.

THE RECOLLECTIONS OF WILLIAM FINAUGHTY ELEPHANT HUNTER 1864-1875.

J.B. Lippincott Company. 1916 Philadelphia, 1st edn, 242pp, ltd to 250 copies. Some scuffing on boards, slight wear to corners, spine and front cover paper labels complete. A very good copy. (Copies with intact spine and front cover labels are very hard to find.). Item #001060

Finaughty's friend, George L. Harrison visited Finaughty in 1913 in Bulawayo. Finaughty gave his hunting experiences as described in articles of the Rhodesian Journal to Harrison. Based on these articles this book was produced. Born in Grahamstown, north of Port Elizabeth, in 1843, Finaughty left home at 21 in the employ of traders destined for Matabeleland. It was during this period that he learned something of the business of shooting elephant. In 1867 he struck out by himself and, until the middle of the 1870s, shot over 500 elephants. He counted among his friends such famous hunters as Roosevelt, Chapman, and Lyell. Finaughty's accounts of elephant hunting are especially noteworthy for two reasons; he was a pioneer elephant hunter in Southern Africa and he was one of the earliest elephant hunters, his first hunt being in 1864; his bags were large, in chapter 5 alone he describes acquiring 5,000 lbs. of ivory. This book is possibly the most limited of all early elephant hunting books and because of the limitation, obviously extremely rare.

Price: $2,500.00

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