New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1936. First Edition. Octavo. (22.5 cm.) 313 pp. Golden wheat colored full cloth. Red and green stamped decorative panel to front with titles in red and like titles on spine with details in green. Endpapers with map of South Africa. Original owner's bookplate to front free endpaper. Author's inscription on half-title. Additional owner's signature on title page not affecting type. No dust jacket. Some smudging to cloth but a very clean and bright book. Very Good. Item #76
Mary Jobe Akeley considered herself first, a naturalist and second, an explorer. Others considered her a feminist but she preferred the term "pro-suffrage". She was a trained taxidermist with the American Museum of Natural History in a time with few women in the field and an expert mountain climber when the explorer's clubs were also (spoiler alert) dominated by men. She carried on and mapped parts of Africa after her fellow explorer and naturalist husband, Carl Akeley, died on an expedition. She climbed the Canadian Rockies and founded the Mystic Camp in Connecticut to promote outdoor experiences for girls. This copy inscribed by the author to Anna E. Clark, wife of Copper Baron, William Clark, and from the library of daughter, Hugette Clark. It is an irony that the scholarly, working-woman, Akeley, also reknown for her abilities as a world explorer, was aquainted with the wealthy but shy Clark women, who were equally reknown for their reclusiveness.