This is Jim Corbett's last book and the only one not set in India. It tells of Princess Elizabeth's visit to Tree Tops in Kenya, during which she learned George VI had died and that she was now Queen. Although there are the characteristically vivid descriptions of the area's wildlife, the book is tinged with a sense of foreboding and regret at ...
This is Jim Corbett's last book and the only one not set in India. It tells of Princess Elizabeth's visit to Tree Tops in Kenya, during which she learned George VI had died and that she was now Queen. Although there are the characteristically vivid descriptions of the area's wildlife, the book is tinged with a sense of foreboding and regret at losing his Kumaon home.
Good in ACCEPTABLE jacket. 1976. 30 pages. Green, pictorial dust jacket over green cloth. Illustrated by Raymond Sheppard. Firm binding. Mild foxing, tanning and handling marks with dog-eared corners. Noticeable bumping, rubbing and scuffing to spine ends and to corners with noticeable rubbing and wear along edges and over surfaces. Unclipped jacket. Chipping and tears to spine ends and along edges with noticeable rubbing and wear over surfaces.
Illus. by Raymond Sheppard. VG+. Pbk. Clean, bright copy. 8 1/2 x 5 3/8", 30 pp., ISBN 0195627210. Corbett's last book and the last one not set in India. Is the story of the then Princess Elizabeth's visit to, Kenya.
Very Good. B000OTHVQS 1976 reprint 'Go Wild' Publications / Oxford University Press (Nairobi, Kenya), 5 3/8 x 8 inches tall green cloth hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, silver lettering to front cover, delightfully illustrated with Raymond Sheppard's illustrations throughout, xiii, 30 pp. Very slight rubbing to covers. Otherwise, a very good copy-clean, bright and unmarked-in a like dust jacket which is nicely preserved and displayed in a clear archival Brodart sleeve. ~H~ Edward James 'Jim' Corbett (1875-1955) was an Anglo-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist, famous for hunting a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India. Corbett held the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army and was frequently called upon by the government of the United Provinces, now the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, to kill man-eating tigers and leopards that were preying on people in the nearby villages of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. Corbett was an avid photographer and after his retirement authored Man-Eaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore, and other books recounting his hunts and experiences, which enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success. Later on in life, Corbett spoke out for the need to protect India's wildlife from extermination and played a key role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger by using his influence to persuade the provincial government to establish it. In 1957 the national park was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in his honour. After 1947, Corbett and his sister Maggie retired to Nyeri, Kenya, where he continued to write and sound the alarm about declining numbers of wild cats and other wildlife. Corbett was at the Tree Tops, a hut built on the branches of a giant ficus tree, when Princess Elizabeth stayed there in February 1952, at the time of the death of her father, King George VI. Corbett wrote in the hotel's visitors' register: 'For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess, and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience, she climbed down from the tree the next day a Queen-God bless her. ' Corbett died of a heart attack a few days after he finished this book, Tree Tops, and was buried at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Nyeri.
Sheppard, Raymond. Good in good dust jacket. Inside clean, front board slightly warped, tiny light spots scattered front and back covers, top edge of leaves dust spotted, previous owner's name inside front with following notation-"Purchased at Outspau Hotel prior to... Sewn binding. Green cloth over boards. Silver print on spine. Pictorial dust cover. 7 7/8", 30 pages, illustrations Lord Hailey's Introduction to this last of Colonel Corbett's writings gives an account of the author's career and a character sketch based on personal acquaintance. Jim Corbett spent the closing years of his life in Kenya, and in 'Tree Tops' he describes the scenes witnessed by Her majesty the Queen (on her last day as Princess Elizabeth) and her husband during their visit to the famous hunting lodge. Naini tal, a lake-settlement 6, 000 feet above the plains, deep in the fir-clad Kumaon hills, was the setting for most of Jim Corbett's life of high adventure and equally high service. Born in 1875, he was educated at the English school there, and, later, was for twenty years an official on the Indian railways. In World War I he led the 70th Kumaon labour Corp in France. In World War II he trained British troops in jungle fighting and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He eventually settled in East Africa and lived in Nyeri in Kenya until his death in April 1955 an the age of 80. Experienced and skilled in jungle craft he was a consummate naturalist. His books are evidence of love for jungle animals, and for tigers in particular, and he hunted only those tigers which, goaded by some injury, had turned to prey on men and domestic animals.
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