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The Story of the Cape to Cairo Railway and River Route, from 1887 to 1922.
The Pioneer Publishing Company Ltd. and "The African World", [1923]. 4to. 4 vols. comprising 3 text volumes and one map and index volume; original morocco-backed boards; numerous mounted photographic portraits, illustrations from photographs, coloured plates, maps including some folding and 12 in pocket of the map volume, facsimile letters and documents, etc.; lightly rubbed, two or three mounting sheets with marginal flaws, very few pages with minor marginal spotting, without the plate of the gorilla at p. 308 in vol. III (as always), else a very attractive set, without the continuation, which appeard in one further volume in 1926, but with the lavishly produced prospectus for the publication, this with lightly frayed wrappers. First edition. As Smuts writes in his foreword, this work is a 'monumental record of African Pioneering'. Although its primary theme relates to the development of the Cape to Cairo railway, it encompasses many aspects of British exploration and pioneering in Africa. Indeed the work amounts to a paean to the British colonial period. The list of contributors reads like a Who's Who: John Buchan, Winston Churchill, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, Ewart Grogan, Harry Johnston, Frederick Lugard, Flinders Petrie, Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Selous, Smuts, Reginald Wingate, Francis Younghusband, and numerous others. Chapters cover the development of the gold- and diamond-fields, native peoples and big game along the route, and much else. A superb production and an excellent record of British interests in Africa, together with the rarely seen prospectus for this publication.
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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