ZARA'S TALES: Perilous Escapades In Equatorial Africa, by Peter Beard - 2004 [Signed & Enhanced 1st Ed]


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Zara's Tales From Hog Ranch: Perilous Escapades In Equatorial Africa

stories and photos by Peter Beard 

paintings by members of the Hog Ranch Art Dept.

Collection of stories, photos and art of life in Kenya, Africa.

Signed First Edition, with unique hand print and penciled correction. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

Hardback is overall in NEAR FINE condition, with a VERY GOOD++ DJ.

  • Elegant full red leather binding sports bright gilt on front and spine, and includes original DJ.
  • Binding is strong and secure.
  • Illustrated endpapers show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Interior and DJ feature faux aging marks, to add to the feel of the book.
  • Inside pages are free of any owner's writing and intentional marks.
  • Page 156 has a pencil correction to quote at end of last sentence of story.
  • Text block edges have light foxing to head, and a light red scuff from leather along fore edge.
  • Illustrated, unclipped DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • CR2020.0808

159 pages. 7 x 8.5 inches.

ISBN:  0679426590

Written as stories told to his daughter and presented as an illustrated diary, this handsome book is in an unused condition, and is a luscious addition to any library. Both book and DJ were manufactured to appear aged. There is a single-word correction in pencil on page 156.

"Beard's memoir, dedicated to his daughter, Zara, has the delicious suspense of a tale told to a child-one who knows the teller escaped to tell his story... Beard captures 'the old world, the wild life, the wild animals, and the wonderful things we may or may not have left behind' with words and pictures (some photographs, some drawings and lots of 'dawdles and dipsy doodles')." [Publisher's Weekly] "An animal-loving New Yorker, Beard lost his heart to Africa as a boy. He acquired 40 acres adjacent to Karen Blixen's Kenyan coffee plantation, and soon devoted himself to photographing wildlife and assisting in conservation efforts... Writing with both tough-guy nonchalance and contemplative lyricism, he recounts the true-life adventure tales he often told his daughter, Zara, when she was a young girl." [Booklist]

Peter Hill Beard (1938-2020) was an American artist, photographer, and writer who lived and worked in New York City and Montauk, NY as well as Kenya. His photographs of Africa, African animals and the journals that often integrated his photographs, have been widely shown and published since the 1960s. He also produced portrait photos and films.  [Wikipedia]

EDITION POINTS: Stated First Edition, Flat Signed with inked hand-print and Kenyan address on half-title page. Pencil correction to quote at end of last chapter on page 156.

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