The Spotted Sphinx by Joy Adamson lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Collins & Harvill Press, 1969, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: Joy Adamson, known for her epic of ELSA, the Kenya lioness, has a new and fascinating animal story to tell. This time it is centred on Pippa, a cheetah given to her by a family who were leaving Kenya and wanted to find a good home for their pet. Mrs. Adamson determined to restore this great cat to its natural wild heritage, but the problem presented many difficulties, for hitherto no domesticated cheetah had ever consented to return to the bush.
To her self-imposed task, Pippas new friend brought immense patience, understanding and endurance. Gradually the cheetah began to absent herself from camp, first for short and later for long periods, though she continued to call in at intervals to get food when she had not made a kill. When she did so she was always affectionate. Eventually she mated with a wild cheetah. The experiment had succeeded; Pippa had become independent; but this did not lead to a break in her relationship with Mrs. Adamson and when the first litter was born she led her to her cubs.
The life of a wild animal is harsh; of the first three litters eleven cubs all but three died and one of the survivors owed its life to the medical care which was provided for it after it injured a leg.
But no less harsh is the life of someone dedicated to keeping in touch over several years with a family of wild cheetah. Against a background of terrifying floods, an alarming bush fire and the menace of bandits, Joy Adamson kept contact by making daily long treks, often in the hot hours, always burdened with heavy loads, through bush in which a herd of elephant might stampede at any moment, or the round ears of a lion appear above the grass.
In addition, she had many conscience problems to resolve: at what point should she intervene to help the cheetah if they were sick or hungry. Could she do this without interfering with their adjustment to wild life? The story of the three years during which she watched the development of Pippa and her young is as thrilling and as scientifically observed as her account of her relationship with Elsa. Moreover, Mrs. Adamson is now in a unique position to describe the contrast in character between the elegant, affectionate but enigmatic cheetah the spotted sphinx and that of the magnificent Elsa.
The authors photographic coverage of this story is complete and extraordinarily beautiful. We have reproduced twelve pages of colour plates and sixty-four pages of black and white prints.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small triangular tear to the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated boards. 217 pages. 9¾” x 6¾”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Natural History category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!