ANDERSSON, Charles John. The Lion and the Elephant. London, Hurst and Blackett, 1873.
8vo. Recent full dark green morocco, spine with raised bands and lettered in Gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; pp. xxii, 386, [16, advertisements], 4 wood-engraved plates, including frontispiece; contemporary ownership inscriptiopn to half-title (this with light offsetting from previous endpapers), otherwise very good.
Very rare first edition of a classic of African big game hunting, posthumously published. Andersson's notes are on lion and elephant hunting. 'He concludes with an interesting chapter on fatal encounters with elephants and the dangers of the hunt' (Czech). Andersson was a Swedish explorer, trader and big game hunter. He was the illegitimate child of the British bear hunter Llewellyn Lloyd and Lloyd's Swedish servant - a hunting accident. In 1867 he travelled towards the Portuguese settlements in modern Angola in order to establish a trade route. He died of a serious illness and was buried there.
Mendelssohn p. 42; Czech p. 6.