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Sport and Travel in East Africa: An Account of Two Visits 1928 and 1930. Compiled from the Private Diaries of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales by Patrick R. Chalmers. with three maps and thirty-seven reproductions of photographs taken by HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS.
Author: H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
Reference #: 2003
Status: For Sale
List Price: $90.00
London: Philip Allan, 1934. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth. Fine pp. [xii] + 273, including Index. All photos and 3 fold-out maps present, the largest map having internal measurements of approx. 15" x 16.5".
Edward, the Prince of Wales, will now be remembered as the British Monarch who abdicated the throne in order to marry his 'commoner' love, Wallis Simpson (cf. The Heart has Its Reasons, 1956). He was, however, for both good and ill, noteworthy for his travels and outspoken nature, the former including Big Game hunting trips to Africa. This work, however, was not primarily a hunting expedition: "Yet H.R.H. had not come to Kenya to collect heads. His main object was to observe, to photograph and to film big game; which, to accomplish artistically, is infinitely more difficult than to approach, 'get in' to and shoot a wild beast at rifle range and without risk to yourself. The rifles in the camp kit were therefore mainly for defensive purposes." (p. 24). His notes of two of those journeys, edited by Chalmers, form the text augmented by photographs taken by His Royal Highness and others. Countries visited and described include Kenya, the Congo, Uganda and Tanganyika.
Lacking scarce dustwrapper; erased pencil p.o.n. (?) faintly visible on ffep., together with notation that maps and illustrations are all present, Else Fine. An extremely handsome copy overall.
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