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8vo. xv, 529 pp. Frontispiece, 49 illustrations, index. Gilt-stamped brown cloth; front corner bumped, spine faded. SIGNED BY ROOSEVELT on removable White House letterhead cardstock in tipped-in cellophane sleeve verso frontispiece. Bookplate of Charles A. Gianini. Near fine. FIRST TRADE EDITION of Roosevelt's iconic classic on big game hunting. "Hunting in the Pleistocene wild, Roosevelt believed, let him bravely face down the 'hideous horror' of the eat-or-be-eaten struggle for survival which his Stone Age ancestors had faced. Here he could experience the pure, original emotions of primal masculinity. Like G. Stanley Hall, TR found in the violence of the primitive a safe way to relive the 'hot life of feeling' which civilization had demoted as 'unmanly.' "Roosevelt had personally killed 269 mammals during his safari, including thirteen rhinos, eight elephants, seven hippos, seven giraffes, and nine lions. At the end of African Game Trails, he lists each kill, modestly insisting 'we did not kill a tenth, nor a hundredth part, of what we might have killed had we been willing'" (Bederman, p. 211). "With his son Kermit on the 1909 safari, Roosevelt shot and collected a great deal of game for the Smithsonian and National Museums and was a keen recorded and observer of everything he saw. His account of the safari has its share of the exciting, dangerous moments expected in this type of hunting, but the. . .work is rich with descriptions of the quieter pleasures of safari life, from campfire scenes to reflections on bird-watching" (Underwood, pp. xvii-xviii). Bederman, Gail. Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996; Underwood, Lamar. Theodore Roosevelt on Hunting. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot, 2006. First Edition.
Title: African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.
Publisher: New York:, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.: 1910
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV1815