Blind Safari (H. J. Henry James Southam)

Blind Safari (H. J. [Henry James] Southam) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Travel Africa section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

London: The Adventurers Club, 1962, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: H. J. Southam went to Uganda as surveyor for a new railway line. That he stayed on after the job was done was due partly to the offer of a post in the National Parks department coinciding with the break-up of his family life and partly to the fascination of Africa itself.

He was taught his job as a Game Warden by his superior and friend, Johnson, whose death after being charged by a wounded buffalo is one of the most dramatic incidents of the story. As a warden, the author was involved in many exciting episodes, from the discovery of the illicit killing of elephants by a tribe whose sophisticated Chief boasted an English university education, to the tracking and killing of a rogue elephant that had been terrorizing a native village. On another occasion his Land Rover was overturned and his boy trampled to death by a terrified elephant stampeding before a bush fire. At other times he looked on while animals were captured for the worlds zoos.

Mr. Southam had lost the sight of one eye when serving with the R.A.F., and the final tragedy of this story was when he lost the sight of his other eye after being ambushed by ivory poachers and diamond smugglers, almost losing his life as well.

He survived and after a long convalescence was able to write this story of the high adventures which are a routine part of the life of a Uganda Game Warden.

Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine. Previous owner’s lable to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 173 pages. 8½” x 5¾”.

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