First edition of William Charles Baldwin's African Hunting From Natal to the Zambesi; Finely Bound
African Hunting From Natal to the Zambesi Including Lake Ngami, the Kalahari Desert, &c From 1852 to 1860.
Baldwin, William Charles.$750.00
Item Number: 96190
London: Richard Bentley, 1863.
First edition of Baldwin’s account of his 8-year hunting expedition throughout South Africa. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments between raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of Baldwin with tissue guard, with illustrations by James Wolf and J.B. Zwecker, folding map of South Africa with Baldwin’s route marked, illustrated advertisements at rear. In near fine condition. A very nice presentation. Rare and desirable.
In 1860, William Charles Baldwin became the second European to reach Victoria Falls, previously referred to as the Falls of Zambesi at that time. "Mr. Baldwin's experiences are written in a simple and unostentatious manner, but he went through more adventures than almost all of the great South African travelers and hunters." (Mendelssohn, 73).