Gilligan's Last Elephant - Gerald HanleyCollins, 1962, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the price roughly clipped. Red Cross library plate to the pastedown, numeral to the first blank which has the top corner clipped. Pages lightly age-tanned and a little musty.
From the cover: “THERE was no dangerous wild animal Gilligan had not killed in his long career as a professional hunter in East Africa except elephant. Of them he knew himself in his secret heart to be afraid, and hated himself for it, for in his code to fear was to be less than a man: so that the great bull elephant he had run away from many years before, leaving his best friend to be destroyed by it, had become an obsession like a malignant growth in his memory. When the American, Muller, wrote to engage him for an elephant hunt he instantly resolved that the time had come to track down and settle accounts with the beast. Muller turned out to be another like himself, an idolater of virility haunted by an unsleeping fear. Throughout the long pursuit into the depths of the wilderness, through a landscape of indescribable beauty and savagery, they conduct a war in which each tries to impose himself on the other, each puts the other to tests of body and will which he himself knows he may well not survive. And always beckoning them is the phantom of the old bull, no longer a mere mortal beast to be killed but the monstrous symbol of the ultimate challenge to their manhood. The final encounter is amongst the most breathtaking climaxes a novel can offer.”
Size: 8" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 256
Cover Art By: David Shepherd
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