Peter Beard


The Last Word from Paradise.

Collins St.James Place, 1978.

A Pictorial Documentation of the Origins, History & Prospects of the Big Game in Africa, text and photographs by Peter Beard. First revised edition of the classic photobook by Peter Beard. Originally published in 1965 by Viking Press. Selected by Roth et al as one of the 101 most influential photobooks of the 20th century. This version updated and revised to commemorate an exhibition in 1977 at the International Center of Photography in 1977. Illustrated with Black and White Plates. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks. Researched, photographed, and compiled over 20 years, Peter Beard’s End of the Game tells the tale of the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quests for adventure and “progress” were to change the face of Africa in the 20th century. This landmark volume is assembled from hundreds of historical photographs and writings, starting with the building of the Mombasa Railroad and the opening-up of darkest Africa. The stories behind the heroic figures in Beard’s work Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courtney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Denys Finch-Hatton (the romantic hero of Out of Africa) , Philip Percival, J. A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway, and J. H. Patterson (who became famous as the relentless hunter of the “Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo”) are all contextualized by Beard s own photographs of the enormous region. Shot in the 1960s and 70s in the Tsavo lowlands during the elephant-habitat crisis and then in Uganda parks, Beard s studies of elephant and hippo population dynamics document the inevitable overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants and rhinos.Hardcover, pp 230,