"... fortune holds some gifts in store for those who try": First Edition of Percy Fitzpatrick's Classic Work Jock of the Bushveld; Signed by Him
Jock of the Bushveld.
Item Number: 70082
London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1907.
First edition, first issue with drawings of a dung beetle pushing his load with his front legs rather than his back on pages 65, 337 and 457. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Percy Fitzpatrick on the title page. In excellent condition with the spine gilt bright and light rubbing to the extremities. Illustrated by E. Caldwell. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings signed by Fitzpatrick are rare.
Jock of the Bushveld was first published in 1907 when it became an instant best seller and a classic. Since then it has never been out of print and it has been the subject for a South African film. The author, Percy Fitzpatrick later recounted these adventures as bedtime stories to his four children. Rudyard Kipling, a good friend of Fitzpatrick, also took part in these story-telling evenings and eventually persuaded him to collect these tales in book form.