"WARM GREETINGS & ELEPHANTINE MEMORIES": INSCRIBED COPY OF BEARD'S LANDMARK PHOTOBOOK, END OF THE GAME
BEARD, Peter H. The End of the Game. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (1988). Quarto, original beige cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $1750.
Revised and updated third edition of Beard's first photobook, with nearly 300 black-and-white photographic illustrations, many full or double-page, inscribed by Beard on the half title with a drawing of mountains and a gazelle, "Ralph, warm greetings & elephantine memories & all best wishes, Peter Beard, July 13, 94."
Shortly before her death in 1962, Isak Dinesen praised the work-in-progress that ultimately became The End of the Game. In her tribute to this, Peter Beard's first photobook, she wrote "Very few matters could move me as deeply as this epitaph, or monument, to the Old Africa which was so dear to my heart—the continent of wisdom, dignity and deep poetry, equally expressed in nature, beast and man." Beard had been inspired by Karen Blixen (Dinesen) to first move from America to Africa in the mid-1950s. There he traveled throughout Kenya and Tanganyika, working in Tsavo National Park during the early years of the elephant habitat crisis. On its publication in 1965, Beard's "book was immediately acclaimed, with not one but two glowing reviews in The New York Times… In addition to being singularly beautiful (with its luscious printing and scrapbook aesthetic), The End of the Game, is thoughtful as well. Long taken as a seminal book on wildlife conservation, it is actually an epic visual poem on the subject of loss" (Roth, 170). First published in New York in 1965, with a second edition published in 1977. See Open Book, 208. Owner blindstamp on half title.
A fine inscribed copy.