Big game and pygmies : experiences of a naturalist in central African forests in quest of the Okapi

Author: Christy, Cuthbert, 1863-1932
Johnston, Harry Hamilton, Sir, 1858-1927.
Responsibility: by Cuthbert Christy ; with an introductory chapter by Sir Harry H. Johnston
Place: London
Publisher: Macmillan
Date Published: 1924.
Description: xxxi, 325 p., [57] leaves of plates : ill, map. ; 23 cm.
Provenance: Ex libris Frederick Lucas Benham
Call Number: rg 967 T a 1924
Subject: Christy, Cuthbert, 1863-1932--Travel--Africa, Central
Naturalists--Africa, Central--Biography
Naturalists, British--Biography
Travellers--Africa, Central--Biography
Explorers--Africa, Central--Biography
Mbuti (African people)--Social conditions--20th century
Natural history--Africa, Central
Game and game-birds--Africa, Central
Game and game-birds--Africa, Central--Pictorial works
Africa, Central--Description and travel
Africa, Central--Environmental conditions
Africa, Central--Discovery and exploration
Africa, Central--Pictorial works
Travellers' writings, English
Notes: Includes index.
Summary: In spite of its frivolous title (the "pygmies" are the Mbuti, Ituri forest people of Africa), this is an early environmentalist's work which addresses some serious concerns. "Dr. Christy's "Big Game and Pygmies," based as it is upon almost twenty-five years' continuous experience of tropical Africa, is a most interesting and valuable book. The 'external aspects of organic nature' are not merely being modified by human interference in Africa; they are there being rapidly and almost completely transformed. ... When at last the varied face of Africa shall have been reduced to a dead level of cultivated monotony; when all its nobler animals and plants shall have been replaced by peaceful beasts of the farm and dull vegetation of economic importance, this will be one of the books that will enable our heirs to appreciate what sacrifices we made in the names of civilisation and commerce." --Nature 114, 420-421 (20 September 1924)