Pioneering. A Series of Four Articles contributed to “The Engineer.”
London / New York, E. & F. N. Spon / Spon & Chamberlain, 1909. 12.5 cm x 19 cm. 82 82 pages. With numerous illustrations throughout the text, showing examples of basic equipment, medicines etc. for the pioneer and surveyor [photographs of “A Hammock as commonly used in West Africa” / “Miner’s Dial” / “Instrument Umbrella” (Mosquito Net) / “Edgington’s Aluminium Demi-Johns” / “Doulton’s Traveller Pump Filter” etc.]. Hardcover [publisher’s original brown cloth] with gilt lettering on spine. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Minor bumps to lower corner boards. Some minor signs of staining to pages 46 and 47, otherwise interior very good. Extremely Rare publication for the Settler and Pioneer in Colonial Africa !
Includes, for example the following chapters on: Camp Equipment / Mosquito-Proof Houses / Luggage / Firearms / Medicines / Surveying Instruments / Photographic Equipment / Hints to Travellers / Hints on Health etc.
This slim guidebook on pioneering provides the modern reader with a sense of the Imperialist mindset of Edwardian Britain.
(From the Introduction): ‘The word “pioneer” is one of great attraction to a Briton. To feel that, in however humble a capacity, he is doing good work, in introducing into undeveloped countries the advantages of civilisation and the benefits of twentieth century talent and invention, to lighten up the dark corners of the earth, or to bring to light its hidden wealth, is a sensation that makes him proud of his birth and of his country.” (p.3)
Sir William Shelford KCMG (1834-1905) was an English civil engineer and business who played a part in developing the railway network in British West Africa (Wikipedia).