Hunting the Spiral Horns - Eland
|Limitation:||Standard Edition & Limited Edition|
|Binding:||Hardcover with dustjacket or Quarter bound in leather with a slipcase|
|Photographs:||350 colour, 40 black and white|
|Published by:||Rowland Ward Publications|
|Stockist:||Peter Flack Productions|
This is the second in a series of books about the spiral-horned antelopes of Africa. Peter Flack, with the help of many other authors, gives us a rich mosaic of the world's largest antelope, the eland. Hundreds of photos show Central African and western giant eland as well as the three subspecies of common eland: Livingstone, East African, and Cape.
In addition to Flack's text, the book contains contributions by Christophe Morio, Theodore Roosevelt, John Millais, Major Hubert Maydon, Constantine Ionides, Robin Hurt, Richard DuPont, Chris Kinsey, Don Cowie, Craig Boddington, Ivan Carter, Joe Wright, Derek Hurt, Tony Dyer, Peter Kennedy, and others. As you can tell from the list of authors, there are a number of historical accounts of eland hunts, and these make the book especially interesting. You'll learn about the first English-speaking hunters who hunted giant eland; interestingly, all of them hunted in the Sudan, and they found the giant eland far more difficult to hunt and apparently much less plentiful than they are in today's best areas.
Besides interesting and compelling hunting stories from a great many authors, there are sections on how to hunt eland as well as how to prepare for an eland hunt in South Africa, Tanzania, or the Central African Republic. Photos of some of the biggest specimens ever taken of each variety are shown-magnificent trophies indeed. These images are interspersed with photos of other animals found in the eland's habitat, as well as historical photos of eland trophies, hunters, and lore.
Not all of us will be lucky enough to hunt eland, but we can read about it and dream along in the hopes that one day we, too, may find ourselves following the trackers over dry, dusty trails to get within range of one of these magnificent animals. This book will take you there.
Hunting the Spiral Horns – Eland, Everyman's Elephant, edited by Peter Flack, is the second in a five book series covering all the spiral horns and is designed to be the definitive book on hunting the five sub-species of eland. The first in the series, Hunting the Spiral Horns – Kudu, The Top African Antelope, was launched in January, 2012 and the next, Hunting the Spiral Horns – Bushbuck, The Little Big Buck is due out in January, 2014. The remaining two books cover the four sitatunga subspecies and then the two nyalas and bongos.
The Eland Book is big, over 300 pages long with some 350 colour photos and over 40 black and white ones. The list of the 21 hunters and authors who contributed material specially written for the book reads like the Who’s Who of eland hunters and includes luminaries such as Craig Boddington, Ivan Carter, Don Cowie, Anthony Dyer, Robin Hurt, Jofie Lamprecht, Kevin Robertson and Tony Tomkinson, to name but a few.
The book also includes the exploits of famous hunters of yesteryear such as Lyell, Maydon, Millais, Roosevelt, Selous, Stevenson Hamilton and others, as well as chapters on rifles and ammunition, clothing and equipment and a number of “How To” chapters - given the different terrains in which eland are found - by passionate and very experienced eland hunters. Each story has been especially chosen for the lesson(s) it contains.