The End of the Game. Text and Photographs by Peter Hill Beard
New York: The Viking Press, 1965. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's light gray cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Man and his ways have intruded with little regard for Africa's customs and privacy. She has been pursued and despoiled...And with that very little license of humanity by which we have presumed to conquer, we are challenged to reflect upon our defeat." First edition of internationally renowned photographer Peter Beard's landmark work on Africa’s wildlife crisis. Unorthodox in style and layout, Beard's amalgam of history and travelogue is a poignant testimony to the damage done by human intervention in Africa. Beard went to Africa to film and write about the flora and fauna on author Isak Dinesen's farm acreage. Witnessing the dawn of Kenya's population explosion of the early 1960s, Beard began to chronicle the shocking aftermath. This led to over 20 years of documentation and compilation, of Beard’s own photography highlighting the starvation of tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos, and hippos in Kenya's Tsavo lowlands and Uganda parklands, along with first-hand written accounts and various ephemera such as multi-layered contact sheets, found objects, and newspaper clippings. Ex-library copy with ink stamps to endpapers, title page and top edge, adhesive residue to upper pastedown, and rear endpaper excised. Spine slightly rolled; unclipped dust jacket with some edgewear. Withall, a good presentable copy of an uncommon book. Item #6286