John Boyes (c1875-1951) was a famous hunter and explorer, trader, ivory poacher, gambler, reprobate, soldier, and even known as ‘King of the Kikuyu. From the age of 14 when he hopped a ship bound for distant ports, Boyes exemplified the renegade African adventurer, making a name for himself by overcoming man-eating lions, disease, drought, and hostile tribes. In his first book, ‘John Boyes, King of the Wa-Kikuyu’ he told of his ascendancy over the war-like tribe of the Kikuyu. In this volume he writes further of his thirty years spent in East Africa.
The White Adventurers of the Lado Enclave;
Donkey-Buying in the Karamoja Country;
Lost in the Bush;
Nairobi to Dire Daoua;
Addis Ababa and the Abyssinians.
The book is bound in the original brown cloth covered boards with gold titling to the spine. This is an ex-library copy with some of the usual library stamps and markings. The boards and spine have shelf wear with some staining and soiling and the spine ends are bumped. There is light bumping to the corners. The titling on the spine is worn and there are faint traces of a reference number near the bottom of the spine. The spine is slightly cocked. The contents are tight and clean apart from a few small stains and the odd mark from finger smudges. There is some scattered light foxing around the edges of some pages. The first and last few pages have slightly heavier foxing and the title page has some soiling. There is a small stain on the bottom edge of the title page and frontispiece. The only library indications appear to be traces of a removed label on the front fixed endpaper and rear free endpaper; a label on the rear fixed endpaper; a stamp and some reference numbers on the reverse of the title page; and a small stamp on the bottom of the last page of text. It is possible that a small stamp has been missed elsewhere within the book