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Inscribed by ‘A most unconventional woman’

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

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. Wayward Women, p. 69; 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 account of a hunting trip in Somaliland, where Herbert was mauled by a lion and one of her native guides was killed by a rhino. Herbert was also author of Two Dianas in Alaska (1909) and Casuals in th Caucasus (1912).
“These three books reek gloriously of blood” — Wayward Women.
"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 bathing 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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