THESIGER, Sir Wilfred Patrick. My Kenya Days.

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THESIGER, Sir Wilfred Patrick. My Kenya Days. London, HarperCollinsPublishing, 1994.

8vo. Original black boards lettered in gilt on spine, light-brown endpapers, dustwrapper retaining price; pp. xiv, [2 (full-page map, verso blank)], 224; photographic illustrations after Thesiger, some full- or double-page; a fine copy.
First edition. An autobiographical account of Thesiger's thirty years in Kenya, where he settled in the latter part of his life: 'When he first came to Kenya in 1960, Thesiger made a series of long journeys on foot with camels to Lake Turkana, Marsabit and other remote areas, drawn by the lure of what was formerly Kenya's Northern Frontier District, its varied wildlife and distinctive, nomadic tribes. In Tanzania, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and traversed the Maasai country with donkeys. Later, as an Honorary Game Warden, he led anti-poaching patrols in Kenya. [...] My Kenya Days offers fresh insights into Thesiger's motivations and enigmatic personality. His descriptions of Kenya's northern tribes are picturesque, vivid and authoritative: Rendille warriors dancing by moonlight; Turkana in pursuit of buffalo; and a closely observed account of Samburu moran during their initiation ceremonies' (dustwrapper blurb).

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