[RARE RUSSIAN AFRICAN HUNTING ACCOUNT] V Dzhungliakh Afriki: Dnievnik Okhotnika [i.e. In the Jungle of Africa: The Diary of a Hunter]. Vladislav Gorodetskii.
[RARE RUSSIAN AFRICAN HUNTING ACCOUNT] V Dzhungliakh Afriki: Dnievnik Okhotnika [i.e. In the Jungle of Africa: The Diary of a Hunter]
[RARE RUSSIAN AFRICAN HUNTING ACCOUNT] V Dzhungliakh Afriki: Dnievnik Okhotnika [i.e. In the Jungle of Africa: The Diary of a Hunter]

[RARE RUSSIAN AFRICAN HUNTING ACCOUNT] V Dzhungliakh Afriki: Dnievnik Okhotnika [i.e. In the Jungle of Africa: The Diary of a Hunter]

Item #912

Kiev: Polskaya typ. 1914.
First Edition. Quarto (ca. 30x21,5 cm). [2], 182, [2 - errata] pp. With a
photogravure frontispiece, two maps and many photo illustrations in
text. Original publisher’s brown quarter sheep with decorative carved
ornaments on wooden boards with a gilt lettered title on the front
board; decorative endpapers. Binding rubbed on extremities, several
pages loose from binding but overall a very good copy.
Very rare. Interesting original account of a Russian hunting
safari expedition to British East Africa (Kenya) in November 1911
- January 1912. A party of three Russian hunters travelled across the
“Serengeti Plains” of the Tsavo River basin (modern-day Tsavo West
National Park) down to Lake Jipe on the border with German East Africa
(Tanzania), and later on hunted in the basin of Mukumba, Machakos
and Athi Rivers southwest of Nairobi. The book contains detailed notes
on the organization of the trip (lists of necessary supplies and guns,
the necessary quantity of servants and guides), describes the travel on
the Uganda Railroad to the Voi station; vividly depicts hunting, African
landscapes and animals, Mombasa, Nairobi, Swahili villages, notes
about the spread of the sleeping sickness near the shores of the Great
African Lakes etc. The two maps outline the routes of the hunting party,
marking their camps. The author, Vladislav Gorodetskii ( (1863-1930)
was a notable Russian architect of Polish origin who became one of
the most important contributors to the 19th-century architectural face
of Kiev (Gorodetskii designed the House with Chimaeras, St. Nicholas
Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Karaite Kenesa, and the modern-day
National Art Museum of Ukraine). In 1920 he immigrated to Poland
and later on to Persia where he designed the Tehran railway station in
1928-29. The book is illustrated with the reproductions of Gorodetskii’s
photographs from the trip and numerous vignettes, headings and
endings after his original drawings. His two travel companions were
one “M. – a member of the Kiev Russian Society of Proper Hunting <…>,
and “R.” – a member of the Kiev Branch of the Imperial Society of Proper
Hunting” (V Dzhungliakh Afriki, p. 5). Overall a rare interesting account
of a private Russian safari trip to Africa in the early 20th century.

Only one paper
copy found
in Worldcat
(Northwestern
University, IL).

Price: $4,500.00

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