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29 Aug 2019 16:30 GMT

Balson (Eric)

MORE SAFARIS WITH BWANA GAME (limited edition signed by tha author)

Published: Safari Press, Long Beach, CA., 2013

Edition: First Edition

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First edition: 228 pages, frontispiece, numerous colour and balck and white photographs, tan pictorial cloth titled gilt on the upper cover and spine, a fine copy housed in a matching slip case.

The limitations page reads: One thousand copies have been printed. This numbered and signed edition is the seventy-FIFTH book in the Classics in African Hunting Series. This is copy number 309 signed by the author.

Eric Walter Balson was born in Nairobi Kenya on August 22nd, 1930. Eric's early working years were spent as a surveyor for the adventurer/explorer Col. Ewart Grogan in Kenya and Uganda.

Eric then went to Tanganyika working for the British Overseas Service in Tanganyika with the Water Development and Irrigation Department (WD&ID) designing and constructing Dams.  In 1962 he transferred to the Game Department and became Chief Game Warden. Eric was one of the pioneers of anti-poaching in now Tanzania. In 1970, Eric was awarded Conservationist of the Year for his anti-poaching work by Muzuri Safari Club of San Francisco. In 1972 he moved his family to Zambia. Eric started a National Park with Wildlife Conservation International in the Lower Zambezi from scratch, now known as the Zambezi National Park. 

He moved on to Botswana Game Industries before being offered a post with the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations working as an advisor in Nepal in the Terrai Valley of Chitwan National Park. He transferred to Papua New Guinea, still with U.N. where he managed a Crocodile Project. In 1981 Eric moved to the private sector running a Game Farm in Namibia, and then managed a Game Reserve in Mozambique. He retired to Canada in 1994, and settled in Linden Alberta. Eric worked for Monsanto on a hog farm, and later became curator of the animal exhibit at the Museum in Sundre. He also arranged and conducted Wildlife Tours to Tanzania National Parks until his final year. Eric was a collector of art and artifacts and wrote two books of his wildlife years (available in Sundre Museum).Eric passed away in Three Hills Hospital February 22nd 2014.

  • Overall Condition: A Fine Copy
  • Size: 4to (290 x220mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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