Rowland Ward. 1898 London, 1st edn, 455pp, illus, rear pocket map. While this book is unusual in first edition it is by no means rare, but it is extremely vexing to find in acceptable very good plus condition. This copy is much above average; cloth is not faded, dull or tired anywhere, it is nice and bight and same is true for the black and gilt stamping. The butterfly plate and map are present. The top and bottom of the spine are slightly bent, the bottom more so, the top only but very slightly. The corners are very nice with the top two slightly bumped, one a bit more than the other. Inner hinges good and not sprung/burst. No book plates or stamps. Inscribed in green ink by Gerrit Forbes a well-known post WW II elephant hunter and friend of Elmer Keith who used some of Forbes’ images in his own book on Africa. Forbes was a cousin of Franklin Roosevelt and hailed from a rich East-Coast family besides being a serious hunter. Item #002009
Neumann was the most famous elephant hunter of his time and led a dramatic and also tragic life. Most of his elephant hunting took place in Kenya and it was here that he was severely mauled by a cow elephant and only because of the care of his native retinue did he managed to survive. On par with both Sutherland and Bell's books but much rarer in first edition. With lustrations by Edmund Caldwell.