JOHNSON, ISAAC CHARLES Sport on the Blue Nile; or, Six Months of a Sportsman's Life in Central Africa.
London: Robert Banks & Son, 1903. First edition. Later full green gilt-ruled morocco, the spine in six compartments separated by five raised bands, gilt-lettered in two and gilt animal figures in the rest, inner gilt dentelles, top edge gilt. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 256 pp.; frontispiece, plates, half-title. Spine and top inch of boards sunned, frontispiece lightly foxed, toned throughout.
"A relatively scarce African big game title, this presents Isaac Johnson's travels through the Sudan armed with a .303 Martini-Metford carbine as his firearm of choice. After passing Khartoum, he collected crocodile and hippopotamus. Trekking along the banks of the river Dinder, he bagged elephant as well as reedbuck, roan and leopard. While waiting in a reed blind to bag lion, Johnson suddenly discovered one next to him. 'To say that the pulsations of my heart at this moment were normal, would be a falsehood, but I lay perfectly still, and contemplated the magnificent creature lying there beside me in all the quiet dignity of Leonine repose.' There are additional lion hunts near Omdurman. The appendices provide greater explanation for each of the illustration plates" (Czech). Czech, Africa, p. 143.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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