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22 September 2004
POTOCKI, Joseph, Count. Sport in Somaliland being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region ... translated from thr Polish by Jeremiah Curtin, London: W. Brendon & Son for Rowland Ward, Ltd., 1900. Imperial 4° (385 x 305mm). Half title, title in red and black, coloured portrait frontispiece, 18 plates on india paper mounted, 5 double-page, numerous illustrations, most coloured or tinted, one folding hand-coloured map. (Plate list almost detached.) Original white buckram, upper cover blocked in gitl and black, spine lettered in gilt, imitation snakeskin endpapers, top edges gilt, publisher's card slip-case (light soiling to spine).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, NUMBER 166 OF 200 COPIES signed by the publisher. "A sumptuous work, this volume recounts the 1895 safari of Polish aristocrat and sportsman Potocki and his comrades to Somaliland's Haud region, then into Ogaden ... The excellent artwork in the book is from the talented Polish illustrator Piotr Stachiewicz": Czech p.133: "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books."
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