WILD BEASTS AND THEIR WAYS: Reminiscences of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America

(London: Macmillan and Co., 1890).

FIRST EDITION IN HANDSOME BINDING OF THIS CLASSIC WORK ON BIG GAME HUNTING BY ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AFRICAN EXPLORERS OF HIS TIME. Samuel Baker was prolific in his writing about Africa. His works on the basin of and search for the sources of the Nile are among the most important writings ever penned about the Dark Continent. He ranks with Speke and Grant in importance as an African explorer.
In this book on big game hunting, Baker stresses that one should first understand the animal and the natural world it lives in before hunting it. As a result, this work is as much a book of travel, exploration and natural history as it is of hunting. The author declares himself a sportsman rather that a “gunner” and speaks out against those who kill without respecting the animal or its gender. Notable engravings throughout accompany the text. An desirable set of a excellent work. Item #70055

2 volumes. First Edition. Illustrated with vignette title pages throughout and 27 wood-engraved full page plates. 8vo, handsomely bound in three-quarter dark green morocco over marbled paper covered boards, the spine with raised band gilt tooled, two compartments lettered in gilt. xiv, 419; viii, 379 pp. A handsome and well preserved copy with only minor evidence of age or use, primarily from shelving.

Price: $625.00