Very Good. Item #4366
New York: Brentano's, 1913. First Edition. Octavo (9" x 6"); [viii], 391p. 24 photo illustrations on 16 plates including portrait frontis, all present. Red cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering. Pages still uncut from Chapter IX onward. Covers bumped at corners and spine ends, with darkening and dulling to spine and some general smudging to cloth. Endpapers toned with previous owner's name in pencil on front free endpaper. Pages lightly to moderately foxed. One plate with a clean inch tear at fore-edge margin, not involving photo. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Adventurer, suffragist, and self-proclaimed progressive / "rebel of my sex" Edith Cecil-Porch begins her account with her childhood love of adventure books and disdain for the literature "written for little girls at that period" and the "goody-goody lives" of the heroines in them. With the intent to "enlarge the mind" she and the "Soldier Man" set off with "The Insular Miss" and "The O'Flaherty" to central and southern Africa.