xii, 312 p., Pap of Northern Frontier of Kenya Southern Abyssinia, 1933.. Very good + condition, dust jacket has some archival tape repairs and patched at ends of spine, small oval bookplate of Humphrey Winterton on the front pastedown, bottom corner of boards bumped, Contents clean, binding sound. This is the 3rd edition, although all editions appear to be very limited, the 1st being 100 copies.
The author’s attempt to capture the life of a district officer on the borders of Kenya and Abyssinia in the 1920s and 30s. Dutton private secretary to Sir Robert Coryndon, Governor of Uganda and subsequently of Kenya until 1925 at which point he became private secretary to Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg, Governor of Kenya (1925-1930).
introduction; viator revectus; the gate of the north; the people; the mosquitoes of chaffa dikka; diiba kulitch; desert visions; the desert town; the well haulers; introduction to moyale; the stick of god; somali baraza; over the border; a gymnasium class; the djinn; the story of zelugga; the story of has balcha; first days in mega; a baron or two; the governor calls; his majesty’s birthday; castles in spain; the feast; visits and conspiracies; farewell to mega; frets by the way; the naiad of eg der; moyale again and mandera; desert wars; the ride to mega; epilogue