AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AFRICAN BIG GAME HUNTING BOOKS 1785 to 1999
Author: Kenneth Czech
Publisher: Trophy Room Books, Aug 2011
annotated bibliography that will be appreciated by all big game hunting aficionados and considered essential for collectors, dealers, historians, and armchair safari enthusiasts. Colored illus; 311 pgs
Whether you are interested in the old classics or the modern ones (or both), whether you want to read about Tanganyika or Tanzania, hodesia or Zimbabwe, Northern Rhodesia or Zambia, there are literally hundreds of books described to whet your big game hunting reading appetite.
Eleven years ago, Ken Czech produced a much needed bibliography of African hunting books, but it only went up to 1950. It was a publishing success but a great number of our customers?big game hunters, big game hunting book collectors and casual readers of big game hunting books?wanted a work that included books from the great African hunting era of the 1950s and through the 1990s.
In this work, they have been granted their wish. In addition, a number of titles, especially the elusive privately printed ones, came to light. The result, a current, vastly expanded (almost double the number of entries) annotated bibliography that will be appreciated by all big game hunting aficionados and considered essential for collectors, dealers, historians, and armchair safari enthusiasts.
This bibliography gives a complete physical description of the books, notes illustrations and presence of maps, and mentions whether the books were issued with dust jackets. In addition, there is a description of the countries hunted, the locale where the hunting occurred and the game bagged. Often the name of the Professional Hunter is included as well.
And for those who like stories of exploration and hunting, or pioneer settlers and their adventures as they opened the African frontiers, Ken Czech has included books that contain both hunting and exploration, hunting and settling, and hunting and traveling. After all, the earliest rugged individuals who ventured into the African interior were explorers, soldiers or missionaries who hunted in order to survive. Their tales are every bit as exciting as those of the earliest big game hunters and men who hunted (mainly ivory) for a living.
In addition there is a section showing colored illustrations of 32 of the books.
All these things combine to make this a work that is not likely to be surpassed for its historical and literary aspects, and general appeal to a broad market segment. From the first stalwart individuals who ventured to Africa, to the more recent groups of intrepid sportsmen who trod the game paths across the Dark Continent, virtually all of those who have recounted their efforts in book form (prior to 2000), are represented
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kenneth Czech is a history professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His previous books include Snapshot: America Discovers the Camera, and An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game Hunting Books, 1780-1950. He has also contributed to numerous journals and magazines. He is also an antiquarian book dealer specializing in sporting books.