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    Theodore Roosevelt. African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910. First and limited edition printed on Ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, number 342 of 500, signed by Roosevelt. Two volumes. Large octavo (9.75 x 6.5 inches; 248 x 165 mm). Volume 1: [i-viii], ix-xi, [xii], xiii-xvi, [xvii-xviii], 1-268 pages; Volume 2: [i-iv], v, [vi], vii-viii, [ix-x], 269-529 (a few pages uncut). Illustrations include a photogravure portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Kermit Roosevelt, 47 photogravure plates, all with captioned tissue guards, including 8 from drawings by the wildlife artist Philip R. Goodwin, and the remainder from photographs by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition. Bound in publisher's brown half pigskin, with crème colored boards, pages untrimmed. Boards are slightly scuffed, hinges in both volumes show wear, and slight separation at the front top and bottom edges of volume 1. Text block is sound and in very good condition.

    After completing his two terms as President of the United States in 1909, Roosevelt embarked on major hunting trip to Africa, consisting of more than 250 people, to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The venture was partially underwritten by Roosevelt's publisher, Scribner's, who provided Roosevelt with a $50,000 commission to produce a series of articles which resulted in this book. The book, while recording every animal killed by Roosevelt and his son Kermit, shows that Roosevelt was more than just a hunter, but one who possessed a scientific mind as he offers detailed descriptions of the ornithological, botanical, anthropological, and paleontological aspects of the African wilderness. Roosevelt's African Game Trails is considered one of the most famous big-game hunting books.


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