RA-TAU: Father of Lions.

First UK edition, first printing. Original orange cloth with blue lettering to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents, except for a contemporary gift inscription to the front free endpaper, bright, crisp, and clean throughout. Small bookseller's label affixed to the lower edge of the front pastedown. There are a few light marks to the lower edges of front and rear panels and some offsetting to the endpapers. In the lightly soiled dustwrapper, a trifle rubbed to spine tips and corners, with a 7 mm closed tear to the upper edge of the fold between spine and rear panel. Correctly priced 7s. 6d. to the spine and front flap. A particularly sharp example of the scarce UK edition.

Translated from the original French by Reginald R. Merton. "An enthralling tale of a journey through the African bush. Smith (called by the natives 'Ra-Tau') is a mixture of sentimentality, hard-headedness, and superstition, and his dominating passions are lion-hunting and gambling. [...] The tale of this journey is founded on facts, and the author's wonderful descriptive power makes of it an unforgettable thrill." (from the jacket)

Stock code: 21266


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