Antique Edition Photo Safari Elephants, Etc.
William Heinemann, 1925. "In Equatorial Africa with a Monograph on the African Elephant." FIRST EDITION, first printing. (Preceded only by a LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION of 568 copies by the Medici Society.) Preface by Sir Sidney F. Harmer, Director of The British Museum. An incredible antique volume, massive and heavy at 11 x 15 inches. Overall excellent condition for a book of this size, bound in brown cloth with faded gilt titles, worn and rubbed, esp. at corners, and top and tails ends of spine. This volume was among the very first to demonstrate that majestic wildlife could be “shot” and still walk away – when the shooting was done with a camera. In addition to a photographic four panel foldout frontispiece of an elephant herd, book features 113 photogravure prints, a color map of the Kenya Colony, and additional illustrations, etc. A huge and increasingly scarce first edition. “Marius Maxwell (1887 - 1936) was a coffee grower in Kenya, and also worked in the sugar cane business in India. Although he started out as a big game hunter, he later turned to stalking game with a camera.” This stunning antique edition is very large and very heavy. Truly a historic and ecologically important work. 206 pages.