World Wide Hunting Books sells fine antiquarian big-game hunting books on Africa, Asia, and North America. WWHB issued its first catalog in May 1984; it had a small dark green cover and listed 215 books. The logo was that of a white rhino on a shield. (Our one dog-eared copy of that first catalog is now a collector’s item in and of itself.)
From this small beginning, the company has grown exponentially, and today there are over two thousand volumes in stock and some fourteen hundred titles. The business was started in Seal Beach, California, and we remained there until 1990 when we moved to a commercial office and warehouse in Huntington Beach.
Our stock is mainly first editions that are in above-average condition; we have the collector in mind when we buy our books. If you are looking for a rare first edition on elephant hunting or a book on an expedition after wild sheep in Asia that took place over a century ago, you will likely find it in our extensive stock. We have books on tiger, bear, wild sheep, ibex, buffalo, rhino, elephant, and lion hunting. We also have early exploration and hunting accounts from North America, Asia, and Africa.
If you want a book to read and leave in a hunting camp, we recommend you buy from Safari Press, our sister company. Safari Press produces trade editions that are great reading and inexpensive. (We are very proud to report that many of the Safari Press limited and signed editions have become much sought-after collectibles that appear regularly on our WWHB lists.)
If it is a book on big-game hunting and if it is out-of-print, it is likely we have handled the book in our thirty-five-plus years of being in this field. We maintain a detailed, proprietary database with seven thousand plus entries with bibliographical notes that helps us keep track of all the thousands of hunting books ever printed.
We work with small collectors as well as huge university libraries. We are proud to have helped some of our customers create collections that contain more than one thousand books, but we are equally happy to provide you with that one special book you have always longed for or want to present as a gift.
We issue a catalog five or more times per year, which we also post on our website. All our books are one-of-a-kind, so it is best to call or email if you want to place an order. We take great pride in providing old-fashioned, personal service for our customers.
Carrie Zrelak, Master Librarian
Ludo Wurfbain, Librarian in Chief