Robin Hurt, Printed by Safari Press. 2020 Namibia, 512pp, color and B&W photos, 12x15, ltd to 50 numbered and signed copies, bound in leather and housed in a wax-cloth sclamshell with marbled end paper lining. New! Item #007392
Robin Hurt grew up in Kenya and shot his first buffalo and leopard before he was in high school. He was a licensed PH in Tanzania and Kenya by age 18. Once he started hunting professionally, he did not shy from taking risks. He guided clients to where the largest heads were, and that included Zaire when it was wild and dangerous and Sudan when rival tribal factions were at war. He hunted during the “golden era” of the African safari when Kenya was in its heyday, Zambia was renowned for its hunting fields, and the entire Big Five could be shot in Tanzania in a few days. And wherever he went, he got exceptional trophies for his clients. The late Tony Dyer, the doyen of East African professional hunters, called Robin Hurt "The Hunter's Hunter," hence the title of this book. Some professional hunters in Africa are known as “buffalo PHs,” having guided their clients to buffaloes with 45- to 47-inch spreads; some PHs have specialized in elephants and, if they are old enough, have taken very heavy tuskers, some possibly approaching 100 pounds. Then there are the cat specialists who have guided for heavy chuis and large lions with heavy manes. There is only one PH who can genuinely say he has done it all—Robin Hurt. He has taken 50-inch-spread buffaloes, 100-pound tuskers, 200-pound leopards, 10-foot lions with heavy manes, and 30-inch-plus rhinos back in the day. His clients have shot numerous, superlative free-range trophies of the entire Big Five with dozens of those heads qualifying for Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game. Robin’s record is an unsurpassed accomplishment in the history of African hunting. A significant portion of the book is devoted to the trackers and other camp staff without whom an African safari is impossible. He tells the tale of his Kenyan tracker, Joseph Sitiene, who while hunting in the C.A.R. was forced by a local chieftain to marry a young girl. Then there is the story of a PH who tied the bed of a sleeping, drunken associate PH to a zebra carcass, and hyenas dragged the bed out of the tent while fighting over the meat. Read the tragic and gripping tale of another PH who was burned in a grass fire during the filming of the famous In the Blood movie. In addition, sons Derek and Roger Hurt contributed chapters on near-fatal leopard and buffalo attacks they encountered while hunting. Robin has always been a passionate international hunter himself and he tells us of his own hunts for Marco Polo and Asian ibex, as well as birds and stags in the British Isles. A superb book deserves a superb production, and this one has it all: The book is printed in an extra-large format, 12x15 inches (30 x 38 cm), on the highest quality paper, with 400-plus pictures in color and black and white over a whopping 512 pages. The outstanding cache of historical photos of giant trophies the Dark Continent has yielded in the last 100-plus years with Robin’s insightful comments are alone worth the price of the book.