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African Game Trails

African Game Trails, An Account of the African Wanderings of an African Hunter-Naturalist [True First Appearance, Serialized in Scribner’s Magazine]

Roosevelt, Theodore Complete true first appearance in print of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails, published in twelve parts in Scribner's Magazine between November 1909 and September 1910. Here they are gathered in three bound volumes, Volume XLVI (July-December 1909), Volume XLVII (January-June 1910), and Volume XLVIII (July-December 1910).The three volumes are uniformly bound in greenish cloth as issued, with varying degrees of fading or wear. The 1909 volume has more wear (sunning, bumped corners, binding a bit loose) than the other two, but all are complete and essentially sound. There are a few scattered pages with creases, smudges, or short tears. Czech, in his Annotated Bibliography of Big Game Hunting, writes: "One of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics, this, with its larger than life sportsmen, was almost continuously in print until the 1930s. In British East Africa, Roosevelt hunted lion and plains game on the Kapiti Plains, while, in the Bondoni hill country, he collected rhinoceros and giraffe. On Juja Farm, his son Kermit faced leopard, while Teddy bagged rhino and hippopotamus. On the Kamiti River, buffalo were taken. Near the Sotik, additional rhino and lion were hunted, with elephant bagged near Mt. Kenia. On the Guaso Nyiro, giraffe and a variety of plains game were shot. Further adventures included hunting elephant near Lake Nyanza, rhino and plains game in the Lado, and eland on the Nile. Roosevelt's total bag was enormous even by the liberal standards of that era." The expedition was also successful in collecting specimens for the new National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.