CHAPMAN, Abel. Retrospect. Reminiscences and Impressions of a Hunter-Naturalist in Three Continents 1851-1928. London and Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd for Gurney and Jackson, 1928.
8vo. Original green cloth, boards with blind-ruled borders, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, top edge green, others uncut, in the rarely seen illustrated dust-wrappers; contemporary ownership inscription to front fly-leaf; wrappers lightly spotted and with one closed tear; pp. xix, 353, [5 (reviews of Chapman's works)]; colour-printed frontispiece after William Hatton Riddell retaining printed tissue guard, 19 colour-printed plates after Riddell retaining printed tissue guards, 34 plates after Riddell, Joseph Crawhall, et al., one photogravure plate retaining tissue guard, illustrations and one full-page map printed in red and black in the text, errata slip tipped onto inner margin of p. xv; wrappers a little spotted and with marginal flaws, loss to rear, ownership inscription, dated 1947, to front fly-leaf, otherwise very good.
First edition, with a variant of the rarely seen wrapper: this one has an onlaid colour-printed illustration of a grouse, whereas the other variant shows a leaping salmon, directly printed onto the wrapper. 'A beautifully illustrated work celebrating Chapman's varied sporting adventures, this book includes hunting buffalo, rhinoceros, elephant, and plains game near the Guaso Nyiro in British East Africa. There are also interesting chapters on the philosophy of nature study and the safeguarding of wildlife' (Czech). There are chapters based in Scotland, Spain and South Africa. - Not even Abel Chapman's own copy, which we handled a couple of years ago, had the wrappers.
Chute 097; Czech, African p. 35.