Diary of a Black Sheep by Richard Meinertzhagen soon to be presented for sale on the outstanding BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Edinburgh & London: Oliver & Boyd, 1964, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: Those who are interested in the effect of upbringing on character will find Colonel Meinertzhagens Diary of a Black Sheep a fascinating document. It shows the soldier, naturalist, and ornithologist who became Smutss Intelligence Officer in Kenya and Allenbys in Palestine, as a lively, mischievous boy, reduced to morose secretiveness by the sadism of a prep-school master and by the long-continued lack of understanding and affection shown to him by his mother, Georgina, a sister of Beatrice Webb. The drama of family relationships is set against the background of a wealthy Victorian household at the end of the nineteenth century, with its house in London and its beautiful country estate, Mottisfont, on the River Test. Much light is thrown on the social history of the period, and there are revealing glimpses of the people the family knew or met Beatrice Webb and her husband, Rhodes, Herbert Spencer, Huxley and Darwin, Florence Nightingale, the explorer Stanley, Sir Richard Burton, and the Kaiser.
Introduction by: Malcolm Muggeridge
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is very much faded at the spine, and a little loose. Text complete, clean and tight.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXI] 363 pages. Index. 9½” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I lure you to view a further assortment that features in my Biography catalogue?