Edinburgh; (1957): Oliver and Boyd. First Edition. Octavo. Item #025002
347 pages, illustrations. A fine copy of one of the most fascinating accounts of a member of British aristocracy whose horrendous love of killing even shocked his contemporaries though the British ruling class considered them necessary. He was commissioned in the Royal Fusiliers in 1899 and served in India but in 1902 became a part of the King's African Rifles in Kenya where he was a major part of the three punitive expeditions which are described in often in bloody detail. While he enjoyed hunting, he took pleasure in murdering the Africans of Kenya which he saw as merely another aspect of hunting. When he came upon a Kikuyu village he gave orders that every living thing except child should be killed "without mercy". When a baboon murdered his pet terrier he murdered every baboon within the area to "teach them a lesson". In spite of his murder of the Laibon, the leader of the Nandi, against the wishes of the African administrators, he was given the Victoria Cross. The diary seldom has been preserved in such fine condition since it was readable for those who took delight in the carefully described day-to-day accounts of his murders of the peoples of Kenya. In spite of its horror to the sensitive reader, his personal account of his meetings with the slave raider Tippoo Tib and the major architects of the British exploitation of Kenya remains one of the most important accounts of those violent years. Bound in brown cloth, spine lettering gilt, one corner bumped, in beautiful unclipped pictorial dust jacket showing only very minute wear.