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Alfred Aloysius "Trader" Horn (born Alfred Aloysius Smith; 1861-1931) was an ivory trader in central Africa. He wrote a book, Trader Horn: A Young Man's Astounding Adventures in 19th-Century Equatorial Africa, detailing his journeys into jungles teeming with buffalo, gorillas, man-eating leopards, serpents and "savages". The book also documents his efforts to free slaves, meet the founder of Rhodesia, Cecil Rhodes, and liberate a princess from captivity. The book was first made into a film in 1931, it was shot on location in Africa and nominated for the Acamedy Award for Best Picture that year. It was remade in 1973.

A charming narrative of Alfred Aloysius Horn's travels, beginning in the 1870's, in Africa especially the Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Young English gentlemen were wont to recount their adventures in a dramatic way and Trader Horn was no exception however this is a true story of a real man.

This copy of 'Trader Horn' was published by The Literary Guild of America, New York in 1927, & printed in U.S.A. with a foreword by John Galsworthy. It measures 23.5x16x4cm with 302 pages all present, intact & tightly bound with the exception of the portrait frontispiece which is loose. Gilt illustration of an elephant's head on the front cover and gilt titling to spine on the olive green cloth boards. Map pictorial pastedown front & end papers. Large type. Good vintage condition and a riveting read.
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Vintage Green Book 'Trader Horn' 1927 First Edition


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: paper, ink
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