Jock of the Bushveld - Sir Percy Fitzpatrick 1907 - Longmans, London - First Edition, Second Impression [Same year as First] A superb copy of this legendary tale, illustrated by the British wildlife artist Ernest Caldwell with colour frontispiece, 22 full page monochrome plates and numerous in-text vignettes.

Fitzpatrick`s travels with his dog Jock during the 1880s, when he worked as a storeman, prospector`s assistant, journalist and ox-wagon transport-rider in the Bushveld region of the Transvaal (then the South African Republic). Fitzpatrick later recounted these adventures as bedtime stories to his four children. Rudyard Kipling, a good friend of Fitzpatrick, also took part in these story-telling evenings and eventually persuaded him to collect the tales in book form.
  Jock was saved by Percy Fitzpatrick from being drowned in a bucket for being the runt of the litter (he would ruin the litter if left with them). Despite being the runt of the litter, Jock was very loyal towards Percy, and brave. He was once enticed to fight a baboon by Seedling. He killed the baboon in the fight, due to his small, stocky build. (This is ironic because it is common nowadays for breeds similar to Jock to be stolen to compete in dog fights in Alexandra, Johannesburg.) Jock permanently lost his hearing when a kudu cow kicked him. This is attributed as one of the main reasons he died, as he could not hear Tom Barnett, when he called him, and was mistakenly shot, because he was thought to be the dog killing chickens on the farm. (Meanwhile Jock had already killed the other intruding dog). Jock was a staffordshire bull terrier.

There four impressions printed in 1907, all four have the date ‘1907’ on the title page, and can be identified by the impression number stated on the title page (this copy stating ‘Second Impression’) apart from the first impression which has no such statement (the fifth impression was printed in 1908). Despite what many ‘authorities’ claim to be the first edition first impression points, all four impressions of 1907 contain vignettes of a Dung Beetle incorrectly pushing with his front legs (pages 65.357, and 457), and the horse trying to get up a vertical bank on page 316. We note a 1927 13th impression with only the Dung Beetle on page 65 corrected (poor chap).

Provenance: Neat gift inscription dated Xmas 1907.

Octavo (book size 21.8 x 16.5 cm) pp. xv [1] 475 [1]. In publisher's green cloth, gilt lettering and vignettes to spine and front board, all edges trimmed.
  Condition: Near fine, some light scattered foxing to foredge, first and last few pages.   Ref: 109356   Price: HK$ 4,800