This is a signed Volume I (of two volumes) first edition printing of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails. Published in New York by Charles Scribners Sons, 1910, this illustrated printing was limited to just 500 signed copies, of which this is numbered 369. As Volume II was lost from the set, we have paired it with a 1910 "reading copy," published as a single volume later that year, wherein the full text is available to read. Both books are beautifully rebound in matching brown quarter leather and cloth, with gilt-tooled spine, and matching cloth slipcase.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was an American politician and author who served as the 26th President of the United States. Following his service as President, and his decision not to run for presidential reelection, Roosevelt set out for an African hunting expedition. In 1909, Roosevelt and his son Kermit arrived in Mombasa for their African Safari. His plan to travel to Africa was driven by a desire to collect specimens to present to the Smithsonian Institution. Scribner’s Magazine sponsored Roosevelt with a $50,000 commission for a series of twelve articles on the safari. These articles later comprised the African Game Trails.
The narrative describes the trip in great depth, with tips for animal tracking and hunting as well as a comprehensive overview of the African landscape. While the book is primarily written about big game hunting and Roosevelt’s experiences, he also relays his ideas for the westernization of African civilizations. Over the year that Roosevelt spent in Africa, he collected over one thousand specimens including elephants, rhinoceroses, lions, and zebras. African Game Trails provides a record of early 20th century African natural history through the lens of an American hunter and naturalist.