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[Photo Albums]: Kenya 1972 and 1973
Kenya. 1972 and 1973. Four oblong quartos. Full red and green leather with gilt lettering on the front boards and each housed in matching green and red cloth clamshell boxes with contrasting green and red leather gilt labels. The albums contain a total of 349 color images measuring between 2.5" x 3" and 6.5" x 4.5". Two of the albums have some wear to their lower spines else fine in very good clamshell case worn at the corners, with some rubbing and tidemark stains along the bottom of two of the albums. Four carefully assembled photo albums documenting two separate safari trips taken in Kenya by Hilary Hook, a retired British officer, who published his adventures serving in India and Africa and as a game hunter in his biography Home From the Hill.The trips, which took place in early 1972 and 1973, are divided into two volumes each with the first pages featuring tipped-in typed sheets listing the dates of the safari, the people involved, and their itinerary. The departure point of both trips was the Masai Mara Game Reserve with the first safari heading to Lake Lagaja in the Serengeti Reserve, then over to Fort Ikoma, and back to Lake Lagaja; the second began along the River Talek before departing for Njoro, then Lake Nakuru, Samburu Game Reserve, Meru Game Reserve, Rojweru River, and finally Lake Rudolf.Both albums are carefully captioned throughout with insights on particular images, animals, environments, and the situations in which the photos were taken. Among the wildlife recorded are zebras, giraffes, lions, white rhinoceros, elephants, ostriches, hippopotamuses, cheetahs, impalas, leopards, gazelles, and monkeys, along with numerous types of birds. Some of the most notable of the images captured are a series of photos showing a gazelle carcass being eaten by vultures then chased away by the arrival of hyenas; a series of lionesses in the tall grass ambushing a family of warthogs with only one young hog escaping; a pregnant cheetah perched in a tree; a lion guarding a zebra carcass; and various shots of herding zebra, gazelles, and ostriches. There are also about two dozen images of the travelers themselves, including Hook, making camp, sharing meals, and traveling; there is also a lone shot of a Masai shepherd with his son.A wonderful collection of African safari images assembled with particular and thoughtful care. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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