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Safari: A Chronicle of Adventure

Bull, Bartle

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ISBN 10: 0670818801 / ISBN 13: 9780670818808
Published by Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: Safari: A Chronicle of Adventure

Publisher: Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Cloth Hardback

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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This book is an illustrated history of the development of African safari hunting from the first safari in 1836, as Cornwallis Harris discovered the hunters garden of Eden in the Transvaal, to the last of the great professional hunters of today in the swamps of Tanzania and the high forests of Ethiopia. It tells the tale of William Cotton Oswell who taught Livingstone how to survive in the bush, of the elephant hunters of the 1890s, of Denys Finch Hatton and Isak Dinesen, of Theodore Roosevelt who conserved more game than he shot and Frederick Courtenay Selous. Descriptions are given of the animals which the hunters have stalked and of safari clients including the Prince of Wales, Ernest Hemingway and Ava Gardner. The ethics of hunting are discussed against the background of tribal, wildlife and colonial history and the development of weapons and transport are documented. Throughout the attraction of the African bush is described by the author, an active environmentalist and an ex-hunter who now prefers to scout on horseback with an armed guard.

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"An irresistibly beautiful book... Bull captures the feel and sight and smell and sound of the bush" -- The Boston Globe

In this magnificent book, Bartle Bull charts the history of the African Safari from the first great expedition of 1836, when Cornwallis Harris crossed the Transvaal with an ox-wagon, to the guides of today, carrying on the tradition in the swamps of Tanzania and the forests of Ethiopia. Capturing the timeless beauty of the African bush, Bull tells of the men and women who made this land their home, from Frederick Courtenay Selous to Beryl Markham; the legendary individuals who brought fame to the safari, from Teddy Roosevelt to the Prince of Wales; and the Africans who made the adventures possible. An active environmentalist, Bull examines the ethics of hunting and the apparent dilemma of the hunter-conservationist. Against a rich background of tribal and colonial history, he documents developments in weapons and transport, in literature and film, in game control and conservation, and conveys the attraction that has never changed: the magical freedom of the African bush.

"Comparison with Hemingway and Ruark is meaningless, for Bull's knowledge of East Africa is profound." -The Washington Post

"Full of pictures and lore...One learns a good deal of Natural History...Bull has collected art work, not often seen, from the era before photography... Their works give the book a special edge." â€" The New York Times

Bartle Bull is the author of the widely praised African novels The White Rhino Hotel, A Café on the Nile, and The Devil's Oasis as well as Shanghai Station. Bull is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club and was the publisher of The Village Voice.

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