Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.

First Edition of Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter; Signed by Theodore Roosevelt in the year of publication

Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.

ROOSEVELT, Theodore.


Item Number: 125172

New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1905.

First edition of Roosevelt’s important collection of first-hand hunting accounts, including a lengthy description of newly created wilderness reserves. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt with tissue guard present, illustrated with photographs. Signed by the author in the year of publication on the second preliminary leaf, “with regards of Theodore Roosevelt Dec 11th 1905.” In near fine condition, crease to the front free endpaper. Trade editions are uncommon signed, especially in the year of publication.

"Like Audubon, William Elliott and Judge Caton, Roosevelt liked to chase deer with horses and hounds: ‘To be able to ride through woods and over rough country at full speed, rifle or shotgun in hand, and then to leap off and shoot at a running object is to show that one has the qualities which made the cavalry of Forrest so formidable in the Civil War.’ This volume also contains an excellent chapter on ‘Books on Big Game’ in which Roosevelt reveals his admiration for two other giants among deer hunters: Judge Caton and T.S. Van Dyke" (Wegner, 234).

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