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Jock of the Bushveld.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co,, 1907. Illustrated by E. Caldwell. Octavo (207 x 150 mm). Bound by Riviere and Son in tan half calf, buff cloth sides, spine fully gilt in compartments, titles gilt to black morocco labels to spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Bookseller's stamp to front free endpaper verso. Colour frontispiece with tissue guard, 22 monochrome plates and fully illustrated margins. Slight rubbing to tips, light foxing to contents; an excellent copy. First edition, first impression. Reviewing the book in the TLS on first publication in 1907, John Buchan wrote; "to those who have some experience of the land and the life about which Fitzpatrick writes, Jock of the Bushveld will be a cherished possession. We know of no African book in which there is the same minute and loving observation of nature. Sir Percy sees the beauty of a landscape while the average man thinks of a waste of thorn and swamp. There is something of Jefferies in the style, something of Borrow, a touch of Mr. Kipling, and a great deal which is his own" While Mendelssohn describes it as "Perhaps one of the best dog stories ever written." A popular book scarce as a first impression, distinguished by having three uncorrected marginal illustrations of a dung beetle at pp.65, 337 & 457. Later impressions show him rolling his load correctly - with his back not front legs.
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