Item #14036 A Hunter's Life in South Africa BRIAR PATCH PRESS AFRICAN COLLECTION. R. Gordon Cumming.
A Hunter's Life in South Africa BRIAR PATCH PRESS AFRICAN COLLECTION

A Hunter's Life in South Africa BRIAR PATCH PRESS AFRICAN COLLECTION

Camden: Briar Patch Press, 1987.

Leather_bound. 10 1/4" X 7 1/4". xxv, 352pp. Rubbing, bumps, and light scuffing to covers, corners, and edges of orange leather over boards. Boards are slightly warped. Three raised bands to spine. Gilt stamping at spine and front cover is rubbed and faded in some spots. Spotting to all-edges gilt. Gold, sewn-in silk ribbon appears to have been cut short. Foxing to endpapers. Faint musty smell to pages. Pages are free of marks and notation. Binding is sound.

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Roualeyn George Gordon-Cumming, (March 15, 1820 - March 24, 1866), was a Scottish traveler and sportsman recognized as the "lion hunter." He held the distinction of being the second son of Sir William Gordon Gordon-Cumming, 2nd Baronet, and Lady Eliza Maria Gordon-Cumming.

From an early age, his ardor for sports set him apart. Educated at Eton in England, he commenced his career by joining the East India Company's service as a cornet in the Madras Light Cavalry at the age of eighteen. However, he soon found the climate in India unsuitable for him. Subsequently, after two years of service, he retired and returned to Scotland.

During his time in the East, he initiated the assembly of his collection of hunting trophies and natural history specimens. In 1843, he became a part of the Cape Mounted Rifles, yet he chose to pursue absolute freedom and consequently sold out by the year's end. With an ox wagon and a few native companions, he embarked on an expedition into the heart of Africa. His hunting expeditions were primarily concentrated in Bechuanaland and the Limpopo River valley, both areas abundant with significant wildlife at that time. Good. Item #14036

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