Lot 426: Five Years in a Hunter's Life First Edition

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Lot 426: Author: Cumming, Roualeyn Gordon; Title: Five Years of a Hunter's Life in the Far Interior of South Africa: With Notices of the Native Tribes, and Anecdotes of the Chase of the Lion, Elephant, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, Rhinoceros, &c.; Place Published: New York; Publisher: Harper & Brothers; Date Published: 1850; Description: 2 volumes. 326; 303, 6 +2 ad pp. Illustrated half title pages in each. (8vo) 20x12 cm (7½x5"), original blindstamped cloth, spines lettered in gilt. First American Edition.Following brief service in India, where he found the climate disagreeable, Cumming joined the Cape Riflemen in 1843. He was more interested in the hunt than in keeping the peace, and most of his time was spent pursuing wild animals. This copy bears the bookplate of John Patrick Ford. Condition: Soiling and wear to cloth, some corners bumped, some fraying at head and heel of spines, small tear at heel of vol. 2; hinges cracked, discoloration at endpapers, foxing throughout; good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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