Our Holiday in Africa

By: Wheeler, William Webb

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Green cloth with gilt cover titles and decorations, 16.5 by 23.7 cm, fold-out color map of Africa at the front, 173 pp., “100 photographic illustrations of scenes typical of the country. Inscribed, but not signed, by the author on the front pastedown at the Lafayette Club in August of 1921. Unfortunately, the signee has done a thorough job of scraping his name off the pastedown. A presentation card is tipped-in below the presentation. Light rubbing at the corners, and rubbing and creases on the spine. This travel memoir follows the author aboard the steamship Olympic, “sister ship to the fated Titanic,” with the author’s soujourns into South African and other countries along the east coast of the continent. Somewhat typical of the time, the author’s travels are punctuated with arrogance and his lack of understanding about the people and animals of Africa, placing both there for the dominion and use of white civilization. “The interior was unknown to civilized man until sixty years ago, and even today many vast sections have never been visited by white man, and in most of those parts which have been opened up by European colonization there is but a very sparse settlement of whites. Our own people of the United States very seldom visit Africa. In fact, we met but one American, who was traveling in that country for pleasure, so that up to the present to us it is really “The Unknown Continent.” The interior is occupied by a dense population of the descendants of Ham, and many of these tribes have apparently descended in the scale of intelligence since Ham took Africa for his Homestead. Also, all kinds of African game, big and little. It is the greatest hunting ground on earth.”

Title: Our Holiday in Africa

Author Name: Wheeler, William Webb

Categories: Africa, Travel,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: St. Joseph, MO, Privately Printed by the Combe Printing Co. for the author: 1912

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Inscription: Inscribed by the author

Seller ID: 3126