BRYDEN, H. Anderson. Great and Small Game of Africa; An Account of the Distribution, Habits, and Natural History of the Sporting Mammals, with Personal Hunting Experiences.

Rowland Ward, 1899.


Royal 4to. Original pale green cloth, titled in gilt on spine and upper cover, t.e.g.; pp. xx + 612; 15 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates after J. Smit, and 55 photogravure and wood-engraved illustrations throughout, by E. Caldwell and others; top of spine repaired, sellotape marks to verso of ffep, otherwise very good. Provenance: front pastedown with bookplate of Sir Giles Loder (1914-1999), best known for his garden at Leonardslee in Sussex where he planted hundreds of varieties of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.

First edition. Luxury limited edition large paper copy, number 73 of 500 copies only, signed by Rowland Ward. Mendelssohn: "This magnificent volume is the most complete work on the wild mammalia of Africa that has been published up to this period. Nearly all the celebrated hunters of the Dark Continent of the day contributed to its pages, and the valuable information, which is practically perfect, has been conveyed in a reasonable popular form ... Many of the contributors to the book [Lord Delamere, Harry Johnston, Richard Lydekker, F.C. Selous, and others] sent their articles from the depths of the interior of Africa ... " Czech: "A sumptuous Victorian-era work that details scientific knowledge of African big game and is highlighted by numerous hunting adventures from its host of contributors ... The hand-coloured plates of game heads are especially lovely".

Czech p. 26; Mendelssohn I p. 212; Gee:"The Sportsman's Library" (New York, R.R. Bowker Company, 1940, p. 60): "An Important Book on African Hunting."