In the vanguard of the migration from the coastal regions into
the 'dark interior' of Africa in the early nineteeth centry were the hunters,
notably those who shot elephant for the profitable ivory trade. Like the
missionaries and explorers of their day, these hardy and resourceful men
were inveterate diarists and keen observers. They became the core of the
continent's first recorders of written history-in-the-making. They did
much of the groundwork which is proving so valuable to latter-day researchers
in the fields of natural history, water resources, archaeology, ethnology,
etc., presently being correlated on a global scale in the fight for environmental
conservation theough the disciplines of biodiversity.
To the Nimrods these books will be seen mainly as collections of exciting
experiences of the chase, making informative and entertaining reading.
However, it is to be hoped that these accounts, which range from mass
carnage to moderate trophy hunting, will help to shape new perspectives
and awareness of individual responsibilities in conserving Africa's natural
This Hunting Series comprises of twelve volumes. They are first-person
narratives of hunters who spent long periods in the field. The canvas
is a wide one extending across the breadth of south-western to south-eastern
Africa, and virtually the length of the continent from the Transvaal highveld
to the Sudan. The greatest activity is in the regions of Botswana, Zimbabwe,
Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, and the
Central Africa lakes areas, and parts of Ethiopia and Sudan.
The time-span extends from the mid-1830's, when the Great Trek in South
Africa witnessed a mass exodus from the Cape coastal region to distant
hinterlands, through the 1850s - when David Livingstone, exploring central
Africa's rivers, came upon the Zambezi and Victoria Falls - to the turn
of the twentieth century when Rhodes's Cape to Cairo railway was nearing
the Congo border, opening Africa to meaningful economic development through
Commerce, Industry, mining and Agriculture.
In terms of Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe), the hunter-authors fall equally
into those of the pre-Pioneer (1890)and post-Pioneer periods. In the former
group are Cornwallis Harris (1839-1844); Cumming (1843-1850); Baldwin
(c.1851-1858); Finaughty (1864-1875); Selous (1871-1880) and spanning
both groups, Neumann (c.1868-1907).
In the post-Pioneer period are: Hodson (1904-1910); Stigand (c.1901-1914);
Lyell (1898-1914); Sutherland (1899-1932); and Owen Letcher (1907-1943).
Originals of their writings, now collectors' rare items, are still much
sought after; and present-day controlled hunting safaris offered by countries
of southern and East Africa have done much to simulate new interest in
these great sportsmen of the past.
These books have been reprinted in facsimile in the AFRICAN HUNTING REPRINT
SERIES which retains the charm of the Victorian originals. The volumes
are matched in a standard size of 220 x 150mm (8 3/4 x 6in.) and presented
in newly designed dust jackets with a family identity. Each reprint carries
a newly contributed Introduction by an authoritative writer, adding greatly
to the value and enjoyment of the original. Each title is available in
two editions - Standard or Leatherbound. The Leatherbound Editions is
currently available in a small range of colours in Elephant, Buffalo or
leather hides, with or without slipcases. The book selection was made
and the series compiled and edited by Louis W Bolze, founder of Books
of Zimbabwe in 1968.
The Hunting Series Catalogue
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