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Inscribed by ‘A most unconventional woman’

Two Dianas in Somaliland. The Record of a Shooting Trip by.

London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1908.

Second edition. Frontispiece portrait of the authoress, and 21 plates from photos, [6], 306 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed by ‘A most unconventional woman’. Red cloth, with gilt shield and sceptre of "the Huntress" on upper cover, t.e.g. Very good plus copy (occasional foxing, spine faintly toned, old paste toning from another bookplate). Presentation inscription from the author on first blank. Bookplate of Alice Getty. Czech, Africa, p. 125. Item #310113

Inscribed by the author, “To Miss Getty, very sincerely, yours, Agnes Herbert, Oct. 23rd, 1908”

Alice Getty was an American timber heiress and art historian long resident in France, author of The Gods of Northern Buddhism (1914), and herself a seasoned traveller.

Remarkable, amusing, and often violent account of the authoress and her cousin Cecily on a hunting trip in Somaliland, where she herself is mauled by a lion and one of her native guides is killed by a rhino. "A most unconventional woman, Herbert wrote several books recounting her big-game hunting excursions. In this, she is accompanied by her cousin Cecily, bagging lesser kudu, oryx, lion, and rhino in the Ogaden region … She relates the difficulties a woman has on a trip from bething to competition with male sportsmen. 'My cousin is a wonderful shot, and I am by no means a duffer with a rifle. As to our courage - well, we could only trust we had sufficient to carry us on through.'" — Czech.

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