Uncommon account of the life of a South African ostrich farmer near the turn of the twentieth century.
"The astonishment of dogs in England at a meerkat brought home by us was most amusing."
Memoirs of a South African ostrich farmer, who with her husband left England for the "colonial life" in Walmer, near Port Elizabeth, and later departed for a twelve thousand acre farm in the Karroo district. Compelling essays on botany, animal husbandry, meerkats, and ostrich psychology, interwoven with predictable but nonetheless profound racism and assorted colonialist apologetics.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1891. 7.25'' x 5''. "Authorized Edition." Original gilt-lettered orange and black pictorial cloth. Green endpapers. Ten black and white illustrations. 288 pages, followed by publisher's advertisements. Scuffing to boards; dampstaining to endpapers and some following leaves. Slight spine lean. Remnants of bookplate to front paste-down. Occasional foxing throughout.
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