First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Signed by Theodore Roosevelt and Three Scientists from the African Trip
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt and the three scientists from his expedition on the front free endpaper, Theodore Roosevelt; Good Luck! Edgar A. Mearns; Edmund Heller; Best wishes J. Alden Loring kind regards. The men joined Roosevelt and his son Kermit as part of his principal team. Edgar A. Mearns was an ornithologist and longtime friend of Roosevelt’s, Edmund Heller, a zoologist and taxidermist for the Smithsonian Institution with previous experience in Africa, and J. Alden Loring, a mammalogist and field collector. Loring and Heller supplied some of the photographs that illustrate Roosevelt’s book, one of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics (Czech), while Loring and Mearns both contributed to the appendices. Appendix C contains Loring’s notes on East Africa, and Roosevelt drew on Mearns’s notes of his and Loring’s biological survey of Mount Kenya, undertaken while Roosevelt was on a solo hunt. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. He was determined not to hire laboratory scientists (little scientific men), and instead sought out these professional naturalists with experience in the field. Roosevelt was as much a museum naturalist as Heller, Loring, or Mearns, but he also understood the importance of conveying his passion to a much broader audience (Lunde, p. 240). In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A unique example.
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