Incredible Africa - Willard PriceHeinemann, 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “Incredible Africa is the fascinating record of a round-the-continent journey made by Willard Price, well known as one of the most experienced and stimulating of contemporary travel-writers. It is also a timely and lively investigation of the political and social changes which are transforming parts of Africa at lightning pace.
The book is divided into two parts: the text and a section containing ninety-three superb photographs. Together they illustrate with startling clarity the extreme contrasts between the ancient and modern ways of life which exist side by side all over Africa and of which Willard Price personally encountered many exciting and entertaining examples. He and his wife were not content to travel from airport to luxury hotel and back again (although there are some valuable hints for tourists in this book); they deliberately organised their own ‘poor man’s safari’ to the Mountains of the Moon, at once home of the tallest and the smallest people in the world, and made the river journey by canoe to Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s mission. They secured interviews with the leaders of some of the newly independent nations; they visited the principal reserves where Africa’s seething wild life still battles for existence and had some thrilling encounters with large animals; and they penetrated parts of little-known Portuguese Africa.
As he travels from Morocco to South Africa, from uneasy Kenya to boisterous Ghana, Willard Price proves over and over again that in Africa everything is much bigger than life-size. Under the Sahara there is a recently discovered lake larger than France and nearby oil deposits are thought to be the largest in the world. Facts such as these make Incredible Africa a treasury of knowledge and are used by the author to build up an impressive view of the future of the most varied of the world’s continents.”