SPORTING TRIP THROUGH ABYSSINIA. A Narrative of a Nine Months' Journey from the Plains of the Hawash to the Snows of Simien, with a Description of the Game, From Elephant to Ibex, and Notes on the Manners and Customs of the Natives
SPORTING TRIP THROUGH ABYSSINIA. A Narrative of a Nine Months' Journey from the Plains of the Hawash to the Snows of Simien, with a Description of the Game, From Elephant to Ibex, and Notes on the Manners and Customs of the Natives

SPORTING TRIP THROUGH ABYSSINIA. A Narrative of a Nine Months' Journey from the Plains of the Hawash to the Snows of Simien, with a Description of the Game, From Elephant to Ibex, and Notes on the Manners and Customs of the Natives

(London: Rowland Ward Ltd., 1902).

RARE FIRST EDITION. Powell-Cotton an English explorer, hunter and early conservationist is especially noted both for the books he wrote as well as the creation of the Powell-Cotton Museum on the grounds of his home, Quex Park in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent. Powell-Cotton had served in the Volunteer Regiment of the 5th Battalion during the Second Boer War. In 1900, he met with Emperor Menelik II, who granted him permission to hunt across Ethiopia. Powell-Cotton's subsequent expedition across Ethiopia formed the basis of this, his first book, A Sporting Trip Through Abyssinia. In July 1901, he retired from military service and began his journeys into Africa and beyond and in 1902 he was in Uganda and Kenya, visiting Lake Baringo. This book is a record on an eight and a half month trip through Abyssinia, covering over 1500 miles of land, much of which was previously unexplored by Europeans.
Powell-Cotton brought an extraordinary number of animal specimens back from his travels across Africa, potentially creating the largest collection of game ever shot by one man. Despite this, Powell-Cotton was an early conservationist, helping categorize a wide number of species across the globe. The wide range of animal specimens that Powell-Cotton returned with from his travels have proved to be a valuable resource in taxonomic research, even in the present day. Consequentially, Powell-Cotton has several species named in honour of him. He made a large number of films (Powell-Cotton filmography) including ethnographic, documentary and wildlife films (Powell-Cotton Ethnographic Films). His family continued his passion for conservation and manage the museum to this day. Item #70123

First Edition. Profusely illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and with both full-page and in-text photographs throughout, large folding map in a pocket at the end of the volume. Large 8vo, publisher's original red-pink cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper cover. xxiii, 531, including appendices pp. A fine copy with mellowing to the spine panel.

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