AND THE PROGRESS OF THE GOLD INDUSTRY. A true classic of travel and big game hunting in Southern Africa by one of the greatest of all pioneers and big game hunters.
In this work recounting eleven years of exploration, work and sport in the 1880's and 1890's, Selous describes numerous adventures with lions and leopards, particularly near the Zambezi, Zweswi, and Manyami Rivers, with additional sport after rhinoceros, eland and hartebeest. After returning to the Transvaal, he linked with Montague Kerr and travelled into Matabeleland. Selous hunted more lions and rhinoceros, and vividly depicts an elephant hunt near the Zweswi River.
In 1886, he hunted through Mashonaland, but was forced to escape after his camp was destroyed by hostile tribesmen. Eventually reaching the Zambezi, he hunted lion and lost a canoe to a hippopotamus. He concludes with a chapter on rifles, and another reflecting earlier sporting adventures after elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and others.
(Czech, Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books). He also gives accounts of his personal experiences among the South African Boers, the two expeditions sent against the Batauwani by Lobengula, the Matabele uprising in Mashonaland, and his experiences among the Mashukulumbwi and Barotsi tribes. Selous played a prominent role in securing Mashonaland for the British crown. In order to thwart the annexation of the country by the Portuguese, Selous urged Cecil Rhodes to allow its occupation by the South Africa Company. Acting as an intermediary between Rhodes and Lobengula, the Matabele chief, he secured the mineral rights of Matabeleland and Mashonaland, and was subsequently appointed guide and chief of the pioneers who constructed the road to Mashonaland.
Xviii + 503 pp + fold out colour map + publisher's adverts. The book has been recased using the original boards, the job has been don well but the boards used are a bit stained and marked and the cloth on the spine repaired.The contents are very clean and tidy apart from the original owner's name on the half-title page. Get images that make Supersized seem small. The item "TRAVEL & ADVENTURE IN S. AFRICA, SELOUS Big Game Hunting, Rowland Ward 1st Ed" is in sale since Tuesday, June 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "dragoman0" and is located in Carlisle. This item can be shipped worldwide.