THE HUNTING IMPERATIVE; Biography of a Boy in Africa.

Rowland Ward. 2001 Johannesburg, 1st edn, 249pp, photos, ltd edn of 250 numbered, signed, slipcased copies. Fine in near fine slipcase. Item #006353

Richard Harland’s extraordinary story is most unusual in that he began his big-game hunting career in Zimbabwe at a very young age, shooting his first buffalo when he was fourteen and accompanied only by a tracker. Richard’s aim was to become an elephant hunter, which he did a year later under the direction of Paul Grobler. By the following year, Paul was sending him solo on elephant control. By the time he was seventeen, the game department had made Richard an honorary elephant-control officer. Richard realized the days of making a living by ivory hunting were over, and he joined the game department. He was posted to Gonarezhou in the southeastern lowveld to control elephant and buffalo in the tsetse-fly corridors. Years of incredible hunting followed, which Richard describes wonderfully, along with many fascinating observations about the people and the environment during those times. The RW limited editions from Johannesburg are well crafted and have very small limitations and are very much sought after.

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