The origins, history, and prospects of big game in Africa
Researched, photographed, and compiled over 20 years, Peter Beard's End of the Game tells the tale of the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quests for adventure and "progress" were to change the face of Africa in the 20th century. This landmark volume is assembled from hundreds of historical photographs and writings, starting with the building of the Mombasa Railroad ("The Lunatic Line") and the opening-up of darkest Africa. The stories behind the heroic figures in Beard's work--Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courtney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Denys Finch-Hatton (the romantic hero of Out of Africa), Philip Percival, J. A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway, and J. H. Patterson (who became famous as the relentless hunter of the "Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo")--are all contextualized by Beard's own photographs of the enormous region. Shot in the 1960s and '70s in the Tsavo lowlands during the elephant-habitat crisis and then in Uganda parks, Beard's studies of elephant and hippo population dynamics document the inevitable overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants and rhinos.
Originally published in 1965 and updated in 1977, this classic is resurrected by TASCHEN with rich duotone reproduction and a new foreword by internationally renowned travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux. Touching on themes such as distance from nature, density and stress, loss of common sense, and global emergencies, this seminal picture history of eastern Africa in the first half of the 20th century shows us the origins of the wildlife crisis on the continent, a phenomenon which bears a remarkable resemblance to the overpopulation and climate crises we face today.
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Paul Theroux went to Africa as a teacher in 1963. He ran a school in Malawi, and then taught at Makerere University in Uganda, where he also worked as a journalist, traveling throughout East and Central Africa. He published three novels with African settings - Fong and the Indians, Girls at Play, and Jungle Lovers, as well as short stories. He is the author of many other novels and travel books, including Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town (2002).About the Author:
Born in New York City in 1938, Peter Beard began taking photographs and keeping diaries from early childhood. By the time he graduated from Yale University, he had developed a keen interest in Africa. Throughout the 1960s and '70s he worked in Tsavo Park, the Aberdares, and Lake Rudolf in Kenya's northern frontier. His first show came in 1975 at the Blum Helman Gallery, and was followed in 1977 by the landmark installation of elephant carcasses, burned diaries, taxidermy, African artifacts, books and personal memorabilia at New York's International Center for Photography. In addition to creating original artwork, Beard has also worked as a Vogue photographer and collaborated on projects with Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Richard Linder, Terry Southern, Truman Capote, and Francis Bacon. In 1996, shortly after Beard was trampled by an elephant, his first major retrospective took place at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, France, followed by shows in Berlin, London, Milan, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Vienna, among others. He lives in New York City, Long Island, and Kenya with his wife, Nejma, and daughter, Zara.
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Book Description Collins, London, 1977. OLwd. m. OU., Book Condition: gut erhalten. London, Collins 1977, 28x25 cm, nn S., OLwd. m. OU., gut erhalten Sprache: en. Bookseller Inventory # 98483AB
Book Description Collins, London, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Peter H. Beard (illustrator). 1st Edition. "A Pictorial Documentation Of The Origins, History & Prospects Of The Big Game In Africa". First Collins edition; completely revised from the 1965 version. In grey cloth boards with title blind stamped on front, fine, clean, tight, straight covers. Spine tight, blind stamped lettering. Endpapers feature elephants, clean. Cut edges clean. Text block as new, with numerous black and white photographs by the author and illustrations. Dust jacket has photograph of elephant front and back edges chipped with a few small tears. Not paginated. Heavy. Bookseller Inventory # 33458
Book Description Collins, London, United Kingdom, 1978. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair+. REVISED AND UPDATED EDITION. General wear to jacket. 280 pages with b/w illustrations. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 020124
Book Description London Collins, 1978. Revised and updated edn. H/b. 4to. 280pp. 300+ illus. Pictorial e/ps. Grey cloth with blind-stamped titles. Protected pictorial d/w. No inscriptions. The challenge of protecting Africa's big game animals. VG/VG. Very heavy. Postage will be charged according to weight. Please request a post-inclusive quote. Bookseller Inventory # 11331
Book Description Collins. London. (1963) 1978 2nd UK edition. Square folio. Pp283. grey cloth, blind-stamped titles spine & upper board. Very good in lightly used dust-wrapper. Beard's unique style and startling photographs and illustrations form an exciting and memorable record of the last days of the big game hunters. Includes "A twenty year illustrated record of the great pachyderm (Loxodonta africana) and man"; tales of Karen Dineson von Blixen, Philip Percival, J A Hunter, Col Richard Meinertzhagen and Ewart S Grogan; "the never-before-published, hand written diaries of Colonel John Henry Patterson, single-minded pursuer of the man-eaters of Tsavo.". Bookseller Inventory # 11416
Book Description Collins, 1979. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 280pp, large format 10" x 11", 25 x 28 cm, illustrated throughout in b&w. "Peter Beard's twenty year documentation of the harsh realities of a fast changing situation in Africa. The starkness of the many thousands of elephant photos, for years withheld from publication, will hopefully provoke an immediate response to a problem of world signaficance" (blurb). A reflection in photo and text of the scale of wildlife devastation in Kenya and Tanganyika - "What had been conceived of as a chronicle of courtship became a record of assault." Sad but enthralling read about poaching and the slaughter of wild life in East Africa, and one of the saddest books you will ever see on Africa. CB30. Bookseller Inventory # 14926
Book Description Publisher, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. BEARD, Peter H (illustrator). Scarce. Original grey cloth boards with blind stamping to front, spine and rear. Dust jacket shows signs of wear to edges with damage to top and bottom of spine. Now protected by removable plastic cover. When securely packed this item will weigh in the region of 1597g. The quoted postage for international orders is based on a standard book weight. Where a book is lighter, we will reduce the postage accordingly. If the book is heavier, we will request additional postage. We make no profit on postal charges. All our books are photographed so you can see what you are buying. ABE may, however, display a stock image whilst processing ours. (YBP Ref: 3115/44 15) Size: 4to - over 9 3/4" - 12" Tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 010265