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    William Finaughty. Recollections of William Finaughty Elephant Hunter, 1864-1875. Philadelphia: Press of J. B. Lippincott Company, [1916]. First edition, inscribed by the publisher, George L. Harrison, on the front free endpaper: "presented by George L. Harrison / to Lawrence Morris / 7 Feb. 1921." Octavo (8.5 x 5.5 inches; 216 x 140 mm.). 242 pages. Publisher's brown cloth backstrip over boards, printed paper label on front board and spine. Spine toned; some wear to spine label; mild edgewear to spine; some rubbing and mild soiling to boards and front board label; corners bumped. Light toning to endleaves and text. One small hole in text on page 221/222, with minor loss to text. A few pages mildly chipped at fore-edge. Near fine. Harrison presented this copy to Lawrence Morris, a fellow member of the New York Zoological Society. Intended for distribution to select African sportsmen and hunters, including Theodore Roosevelt and Sir Alfred Pease. Harrison met Finaughty's son on safari in Rhodesia in 1908, where they became friends and hunted together. When Harrison met the author, the elder Finaughty gave Harrison a set of the Rhodesian journal that had collected his recollections. The current book is the result. This book collects fascinating accounts of Finaughty's encounters with elephants, buffalo, lion, and other big game. "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting titles," Czech pp. 56-57.

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