Book title: A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa
Author: Frederick Courtney Selous
Type: War and hunting memoires
Cape Town, South Africa 2007
ISBN 9781919854182 / ISBN 978-1-919854-18-2
Softcover, 17x24 cm, 528 pages, numerous b/w illustrations and line drawings in-text, English text
A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa has often been acclaimed as the major African hunting classic of the 19th century. Born in London in 1851, Frederick Courtney Selous led an adventurous life gaining a formidable reputation as a big game hunter, a naturalist, a member of the Zoological Society, a fighting man, the author of many books, a contributor of many features to the Royal Colonial Institute in London, and the writer of countless articles for magazines and journals. That game was abundant in the late 19th century, is evident from the meticulous records kept by F. C. Selous. A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa is the narrative of 9 years spent in the interior of South Africa , with one main objective – to hunt.
Selous is regarded as the greatest of all African hunters in the 19th century, a passion that developed from a very young age. Although the book might be regarded as controversial, it provides a valuable account of what wild Africa used to be like. Frederick Courtney Selous was commissioned as a lieutenant in the First Word War. A man with his unmatched experience of the African bush was considered invaluable to the British in war with German East Africa. After his death he was honoured by the Federal Government when a Rhodesian elite unit, the Selous Scouts, was named after him.