Across Patagonia. Lady Florence Dixie, Julius Beerbohm, Illustrator.

Across Patagonia

New York: R. Worthington, 1881.

First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. pp xiii, 281 + publisher's ads, with illustrations from sketches by Beerbohm. Cloth frayed at corners and spine ends, minor pen markings on 4 preliminary pages; else clean and sound. By her own account, Dixie (1857-1905) had tired of "the shallow artificiality of modern existence" and traveled to Patagonia "precisely because it was an outlandish place and so far away" from her home in England. Much of the trip was spent hunting wild game, and Robinson (p. 65) comments that "one needs a strong stomach" to read this book, as well as another Lady Florence wrote about her adventures hunting in South Africa. Later in life, however, she regretted all the killing and wrote two pamphlets, The Horrors of Sport (1891) and The Mercilessness of Sport (1901), in which she denounced hunting as inhumane and advocated for the adoption of amusements that did not lead to bloodshed. Czech p. 33-40.

Item #14662

Price: $150.00