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29 Aug 2019 16:30 GMT

Robert C. Ruark

Horn of the Hunter

The Story of an African Safari

Published: Hutchinson & Company, London, 1954

Edition: First edition

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1 volume. First edition - Signed by author. Also signed by Harry Selby.

Unique cache of personal letters and press articles from the author [see photos].

Also what appears to be a "draft" for a short story.

Publishers cloth covers.

Red title on spine with white vignette.

Pictorial dust-jacket in fair condition.

264 pages.

Drawings by the author + photo illustrations.

After enjoying some success as a writer, Ruark decided that it was time

to fulfill a lifelong dream to go on safari to Africa, fueled by his doctor's

advice to have a year's rest. Legendary Ker and Downey Safaris booked

him with Harry Selby, and Ruark began a love affair with Africa. Ruark was

booked with Selby because of a desire to use a tracker named Kidogo, who

had once hunted with Ernest Hemingway.  Ruark's pairing with Selby, though

fortuitous, was pure chance. Kidogo was a member of Selby's crew. As a result

of this first safari, Ruark wrote a book called Horn of the Hunter, in which he

detailed his hunt. Selby became an overnight legend and was subsequently

booked for up to five years in advance by Americans wishing to duplicate

Ruark's adventures.

Recorded shipping weight 1000g.

Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 22 x 15 cm
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Tom Moloney
  • Country: Ireland
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  • Trade Associations: AA Approved

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