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We have never been able to buy so many fine, rare, collectible books in such nice condition. Many of the titles listed below we have not offered in years and some we have not offered half a dozen times in 41 years! The condition is well above average, even for Trophy Room Books.


1.Smith, A. Donaldson THROUGH UNKNOWN AFRICAN COUNTRIES The first expedition from Somaliland to Lake Lamu London & New York 1897 471 pp, profuse ill, folding maps.

Smith was a noted explorer and hunter (a great shot). The traveled through lion country, and then proceeded to explore and obtain more lion plus rhino and leopard. As they went farther inland they bagged lion and kudu, and finally as they neared Lake Rudolph they obtain buffalo, waterbuck, hippo and elephants. A fast paced, well written and well illustrated book. Handsome gilt pictorial cover with
large elephant head on front.

$ 2,400.00


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2. Bell, W.D.M. THE WANDERINGS OF AN ELEPHANT HUNTER 1923 London 188 pp. 42 ill, text ill.

Bell’s first and rarest book dealing with elephant hunting in the Karamojo District where elephants were known for their big bodies and heavy ivory. He also went to the Sudd and Lado Enclave. Bell was known for using smaller caliber rifles, getting up close and then shooting. Hence an exciting classic. This copy very near fine. Orig. paper covered boards are nice.

$ 1,500.00


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3.Selous, F. C. AN AMAZING ASSOCIATION COPY with original letter. TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE IN SOUTH-EAST AFRICA 1893 London VG+ condition. 503 pp. Ill, map.

Selous last eleven years spent along the Zambesi and its tributaries. Signed, dated and inscribed on half title page by Selous to his dear friend Col. J.C. Russell. Russell’s bookplate inside front cover. With handwritten four page letter dated 1893 detailing Selous’ plans to cancel his American trip and sail to Matabeleland. It is “his duty to lend a hand to his countrymen in Mashunaland at a time when every rifle may be necessary to save the country from destruction.” There are very few letters by Selous detailing his military plans. Further Selous writes that he has signed the book in advance of publication and asked Rowland Ward to deliver it as soon as it was available. So this must be one of the first copies printed and perhaps the first signed.

$ 6,500.00


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4. Darrah, H. SPORT IN THE HIGHLANDS OF KASHMIR: an eight months’ trip in Baltistan and Ladakh. Together with hints to guidance of sportsmen. 1898 Rowland Ward First edition. 506 pp. Ill.
Zebra end papers. Profuse ill.

Only Demidoff or Swayne took more sheep than Darrah. Covers all Asian sheep species plus ibex, markhor, gazelle and antelope. Pne of the scarcest of Rowland Ward published items. Great reading. A near fine copy showing virtually no wear, which is unusual for this thick heavy book.

$ 4,250.00


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5. Puxley, F. IN AFRICAN GAME TRACKS 1920 London 320 pp, ill.

Wanderings with a rifle through eastern Africa. Much on elephants and other big game and a long chapter on hunting in Mozambique. Very scarce in original edition (that’s why we reprinted it). A better than VG+ to near fine copy in original blue cloth. Great reading.

$ 950.00


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6. THE GUN AT HOME AND ABROAD Four folio sized volumes published in London between 1912 & 1915.

Printed on fine quality deckle edged paper. Top edges gilt. Bound in full brown morocco leather. Gilt lettering on front covers and spines. This set was LIMITED to 550 numbered copies and is illustrated by reproductions from original paintings and no artist proofs were ever issued. It is believed that a London gun maker stripped color plates from almost 300 sets to use a gifts, thus making complete sets of this work very scarce, perhaps rare. Vol 1: British Game Birds and Wildfowl 1912 444 pp, 26 colored ill + other ill. Contributors incl. Chapman, Millais, Maxwell. Vol 2: British Deer and Ground Game – Dogs, Guns and Rifles. 1913 345 pp, ill. Red, fallow, roe deer, pointer, setter, retrievers. 15 colored ill + other ill. Includes tables of stag head measurements from 1850- 1912. Vol 3: THE BIG GAME OF AFRICA AND EUROPE 1914 408 pp, 408 pp. Ten colored ill +other ill. Including some from originals by Caldwell. Contributors incl. Selous, Chapman, Millais, Bryden. All African game species incl elephant, rhino, antelopes, sable, roan, eland, bongo, kudu, lechwe, gazelle, ibex, and European elk, chamois, sheep. A volume sought after on its own, making complete sets even harder to locate. Vol 4: 1915 433 pp, 8 colored ill + other ill. Contributions by Carruthers, Kennion, Millais, Wallace. The great Asian sheep and a hunt for a rare Manchurian tiger. In the Caucasus, Ladakh, Chino, Mongolia, the Altai with a special section on the sheep and deer of Asia. Finally in N. America for everything incl. jaguar, cougar, walrus, elk, Stone and Dall sheep. In all, a sumptuous and magnificent set all with matching numbers. A near fine set with no wear at all and very minor spotting on frontis tissue guards, not on plates. A very heavy set, the shipping weight will exceed 50 lbs. We have not had a set in many years.

$ 3,500.00


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7. Alexander Kinloch LARGE GAME SHOOTING IN THIBET AND THE NORTHWEST (1st series). 1869 London. 68 pp plus 12 ORIGINAL mounted photographic plates.

Kinloch was a noted big game hunter, naturalist and military officer. He writes about Ovis ammon, ibex, Tibetan antelope and other game, recounting some of his own hunting experiences. Original forest green cloth, gilt spine, gilt ovis ammon head on front board. Rare work because of original photos (likely not many copies produced). VG+, recased in original cloth, beveled boards, corners lightly bumped.

$ 725.00


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8. Sanchez-Arino, Tony HUNTING IN ZIMBABWE 1992 CA Second in the author’s African Country Series. 387 pages, ill., large format.

Excerpts from some of the best hunting books on Zimbabwe plus special articles by noted hunters commissioned expressly for this book. Contains interesting author biographies as well. Limited to 1,000 signed, numbered, slipcased copies. Bound in original gren, gilt and printed cloth. Fine in like slipcase.

$ 1,350.00


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9. Chapman, A. SAVAGE SUDAN 1921 London First ed. 452 pp, 248 ill. Gilt pcitorial cover.

Covers all the great game of Sudan. Well illustrated and excellent reading. A must for every sporting book collectors and anyone who ever hopes to hunt in Sudan. Exceptionally near fine copy (unusual for this thick, heavy work) in original pictorial cloth. Chapman is a very collectible author and all of his books on hunting in Africa are respected and sought after.

$ 1,200.00


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10. Caldwell, E. THE ART OF EDMUND CALDWELL Volume Two 1982 Zimbabwe Frand Reade Oress. Imperial folio, # 150 of only 250 copies. 215 pp showing 44 of the most impressive African wildlife paintings around.

Caldwell ranks with Baines and Kuhnert in terms of worldwide recognition though his works are, in fact, rarer and often bring more money at auction! The first book by the Press was about Caldwell’s work on Jock of the Bushveld. This, the second in the series, and it stands on its own, is about his other artwork. All copies of the book were presubscribed. An entireland hand made book produced by a combination of photolithography and hand lithography on special paper. Leather spine over thick hand cloth covered boards. A very large and heavy book, special postage required.

$ 1,800.00

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11. A true rarity: Henry Stanley’s copy of William E. Oswell WILLIAM COTTON OSWELL HUNTER AND EXPLORER
1900 London 2 volumes Vol 1: 267 pp, ill, 1 colored folding map + other text and folding maps. Vol 2: 288 pp, ill.

Oswell is known as the big game hunter who twice was selected to guide and aid Livingstone. He encountered vast herds of buffalo and elephants in his travels as well as hippo and rhino. Long regarded as one of the classic and cornerstone books in Africa travel, exploration and hunting this is an amazing association copy. Henry Stanley’s copy with his engraved bookplates in the front of both volumes. Except for fading of cloth on spine of vol 2 the books are in great condition with no wear at spine tips or corners, likely because the books remain partially unopened and thus never read. Books from Henry Stanley’s library virtually never come on the market. Truly a unique item.

$ 4,500.00

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12. Ludwig Von Hohnel DISCOVERY OF LAKES RUDOLPH & STEFANIE A Narrative of Count Samuel Teleki's Exploring and Hunting Expedition in Eastern Equatorial Africa in 1887 and 1888. 1894 London Two volumes: 435 and 397 pp, profuse ill, folding maps (one colored).

Long considered a classic of both exploration and hunting, Teleki hunted buffalo, rhino, plains game, elephant (a lot of elephant hunting), and eland. Described as "excellent, adventure at its finest" by some bibliopgraphers, it will provide hours of reading enjoyment. A better than VG+ set in original brown cloth, gilt titles and gilt vignettes on front covers. The set is not often found in such nice condition.

$ 6,500.00

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13. Hubback, T. ELEPHANT AND SELADANG HUNTING IN THE FEDERATED MALAY STATES 1905 London Rowland Ward . 289 pp, ill. Zebra end papers.

Hubback lived in Maylaya for a long time and while there spent much time hunting elephants and seladang. In fact, this is about the only book with good information on these two game animals in this country. One of the rarest of all the Rowland Ward published books. A near fine copy in original bright red cloth, gilt stamped cover and spine, beveled boards and showing almost no wear. A great item in great, collector condition.

$ 2,800.00

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