New York: Scribner's Sons, 1910. Limited Edition #268 / 500. Three quarter pig skin with light brown paper over boards, titling impressed on spine. SIGNED, "Theodore Roosevelt" on limitation page. This coveted edition of Roosevelt's memoir in Africa with his son is a centerpiece of any presidential bookshelf. 9.75" x 6.5", Vol 1 pp. xvi, 1- 268 23 illustrations, frontispiece and map, Vol II, vii, 269 - 529 with frontispiece and 24 illustrations. Printed on special Ruisdael paper, fading at the first several pages of each corner caused from the leather corners. The tipped in limited edition page has several small chips where the paper extends from the text block, light wear at the corners, uneven aging to the spine. Illustrations have tissue guards with captions printed opposite.
Less than three weeks after stepping down from the presidency, outgoing American president Theodore Roosevelt combined with and outfitted by the Smithsonian Institution, sailed for an African expedition. Its purpose was to collect specimens for the Smithsonian's new Natural History museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History. The expedition collected around 11,400 animal specimens which took Smithsonian naturalists eight years to catalog. Following the expedition, Roosevelt chronicled it in his book African Game Trails. Very good minus, Vol. 1 has front cover reattachment repair with Japanese paper and chip at base of front bottom spine / not issued. Item #1765
"The hunter who wanders through these lands see sights which ever afterward remain fixed in his mind." (p x).