Title: My Vanished Africa
Author: Major Peter W. Rainier
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Hard Cover w/Jacket
Publication Year: July, 1945
Special Attributes: Fifth Printing (stated)
Condition Grade: Very Good/Very Good
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not price clipped, not ex-library, name of previous owner inside front cover, writing on underside of dust jacket, edge worn jacket protected in new archival Brodart cover
Description from dust jacket:
When Peter Rainier?s father walked away from the greatest gold strike in history and left the Rand to Rhodes, he became partly responsible for this book. Peter inherited no cases of priceless cigars and no seat on the stock exchange. He had to hew his own road, and he hewed it through much of South Africa. How he picked up his clean-cut literary style among the cannibals of Nigeria remains a mystery. He was born in a tent in Swaziland, and for a time the family homestead was an ox wagon. What must have been the most thorough part of his education he got at a Zulu campfire, crouching beside a snuff-dipping king who told war stories. When the put him in a real school down in Natal, his desk was near enough the door for a quiet exit, and since the Boer War was on, he used it.
Rainier knows South Africa, its resources, and its people as few white men can ever know them. He went hunting with Chris Human, the elephant man; he searched for diamonds in Damaraland and for gold in Mozambique; he organized the transport of machinery through the Tsetse fly belt to the Mpunga forest to collect rubber. In the German southwest African campaign he served as one of Demilion's scouts and took part in a 300-mile ride in seven days on one day's rations. He has been engineer and big-game hunter, has caught gold thieves and tamed cannibals, and he talks to a native as one man to another. Peter Rainier is the great-great-grandson of the British admiral for whom Mount Rainier was named.