Uganda For A Holiday.

TREVES, SIR FREDERICK.

£175.00

Publisher

Smith, Elder and Co., 15 Waterloo Place.

Place

London

Date

1910

Synopsis

By sir frederick treves, bart. with seventy-two illustrations from photographs by the author and a map.

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 x 6.25 inches. xi + [i] + 230 pp. The line's company binding in black cloth, gilt; spine in compartments with gilt bands and titles and Union Castle Line in gilt at foot. Deckled edges. Extremities worn, edges darkened and foxing throughout. Copy lacks blank first free endpaper. Long ink inscription on front pastedown relating the history of this copy see below. Loosely inserted: Galway Castle Third Class Tea Menu, September 1916; intact gummed stickers with perforated edges still attached together, containing 8 coloured Union Castle images; small envelope of 'Silver leaves from Table Mountain. The only place in the world where they grow,' with ink note of 6279 miles Capetown to Plymouth voyage. Illustrated by 41 black and white photographic plates by author, including frontispiece, and by folding map at end in outline colour. Account of a visit to British East Africa, Uganda and Kenya, a travel book by the eminent surgeon, Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923). Born in Dorset, and later a friend of Thomas Hardy, Treves cared for the Elephant Man, 1884-90. Specialising in abdominal surgery, he pioneered the first appendectomy in England in 1888. In 1902 as a royal surgeon he successfully operated on King Edward VII for this condition before his coronation. This copy is of interest because of its links with the Union Castle line. The unknown serviceman author describes how the book from the ship's library (see stamp on half title) came into his possession when sailing back from Capetown on board the Galway Castle, when she was serving as a troopship in the early years of the First World War. Later retuning to commercial service the Galway Castle sank in September 1918 after being torpedoed by U-82, south west of Fastnet. The copy includes two examples of Union Castle line ephemera.

[Stock No. 27537]

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