Hurst and Blackett, Limited. 1904 London, 1st edn, 619pp, illus, 2 color plates and 2 fold-out maps. A very good copy. Cloth bright, gilt bright. Item #002212
Major Powell-Cotton was the man who shot the second largest elephant tusks ever recorded. He was a prolific writer as well as a contributor to other works (Maydon's BIG GAME SHOOTING IN AFRICA). In this book he travels and hunts in the Southern Sudan (then part of the Congo), Uganda, and Kenya. Elephant, lion, rhino, and antelopes. A new variety of giraffe and rhino was named after him which he discovered during this trips. "Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) travelled to British East Africa in 1902 in order to find a specimen of a five-horned giraffe recently discovered by Sir Harry Johnston. He pursued impala, rhinoceros and lion on the Athi River, crossed the Tana and lived among the Kikuyu, successfully hunting elephant, then collecting trophy kudu and lion on the Baringo plain. He eventually found a five-horned giraffe on the outskirts of Masai territory. Reviewing the work in the Geographical Journal, Harry Johnston praised its descriptions and photographs of big game as well noting that "from a geographical point of view also Major Powell-Cotton's journey is a remarkable one. He covered a little new ground north of the explorations made by Macdonald and Austin, and south and west of the journeys of Wellby and Donaldson-Smith"." Czech/Africa. SCARCE BOOK.