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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby bert » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:48 pm

Own a Afrikaans version
Second edition, nov 1967.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby big5spotter » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:32 pm

Hey, I hope there is a new copy because I have a copy of 1948,and my copy is written on brown paper and allot of pages are fauling out or is about to.Let me know if someone finds a new copy.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby elephus » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:16 pm

I would also love to obtain a copy new or second hand. Have been trying new and used book dealers for sometime. If anyone comes across a copy, please purchase it, I will reimburse you and pay for postage and if necessary your time.

Must be an english version as my afrikaans is dangerous

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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby bert » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:24 pm

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Found this on the net. A few books around. Hope the company is still active.

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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby norms » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:39 pm

I have two copies of 'Memories of a Game Ranger' - First edition 1948 that were given to me by my late father and grandmother. The one is in good condition and the other needs a little repairing. Does anyone know of a place in the JHB/PTA area that restores books?
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:57 pm

There is a book binder of sorts at Fourways Crossing. I'll have a look and see what they offer.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:39 am

Norms, I managed to pop into the book binders at Fourways Crossing. They are a Swedish company and it is not what you are looking for. They did however give me a list of numbers that would be of assistance. I am going to pm the list to you.

I will save the list in my messages, so that anyone needing details can pm me.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:47 am

I remember when I was studying that there were very strict copy right laws about books. This book is however out of print and difficult to get in any form.

When I went on my bushman's walk, I mentioned the book to our two guides. They were so keen to read it. Wolhuter worked a lot in that area. I decided that I would break the rules, I think break the rules :hmz: , and make copies of the books for the two guides. I was also sooooo impressed with these fellows.

I am not sure yet how I will do it, but I must have it ready by the 12th November, when I leave for the triple A challenge. I might scan it onto a disk and print it for them. If anyone is interested, I will have this available.

As I said, I am not sure of the legality, but this is a book worth reading, again and again and again.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby ndloti » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:06 am

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I took the newer of my 2 editions to read for the umpteenth time on a special breakaway last weekend to a place Wolhuter describes and where he often camped , what a perfect location to reminisce about the times and places of the legendary pioneer - Harry Wolhuter .
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:11 am

I urge anyone who is seriously looking for this book to take the time to browse through secondhand book stores. I have just found another copy today, its a hard cover in excellent condition and printed in 1984. It cost me a whopping R75.

I have decided to donate this copy to the guides from the Bushman's trail. I am sure it will also go through the hands of Raymond from Berg n Dal. They work in Wolhuter's territory and were very keen to read the book.

I will keep looking and if I find another book in my many browsings, I will buy it and make it available to anyone who is interested.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby acekam » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:40 am

I think some of the language used in the book would be considered insulting, so I would be surprised if it is ever re-printed in original form.

Some do appear from time to time on Amazon - I bought one a few years ago that was falling apart, but was better than nothing.

There are a few going on the Amazon UK site, but cheapest one is £23 for hard cover.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:18 am

Acekam, I hope they don't change the language. I think that Wolhuter was very much a product of his time. Although his language in regards to other races was typical of the era, his attitude was surprisingly open. He also give wondeful insights into many of the characters of the era, such as Abel Erasmus and the Halls family. His chapter on Steineker's horse is a classic.

He writes with great respect of some of the "native" rangers and leaders. He is also deeply touched by the plight of the little girl who wandered off. I wished that I could have read more of Hamilton Stevenson.

By the end of Wolhuter's book, I felt that I knew him and really, really liked him. An intelligent and insightful man.

An interesting little titbit. I managed to get a very good second hand copy that I donated to the guides at Berg n Dal, including Raymond, Rodney and Oris, all of whom are dedicated to their conservation work. I took it with some Africa and National Geographic magazines that I no longer needed.

When they opened the packet to look at the books, for a minute one of the staff members looked confused. Raymond, I think it was Raymond smile and said.. "that is ???? Wolhuter's grandfather". An "aha" look spread over their faces... so it seems that at least one member of his desendants is still involved in conservation.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby acekam » Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:48 am

Completely agree with you MM and my comment was not intended as a negative mark on his character, merely to say that in the modern context, some of the wording would be highly politically incorrect. Although it should be interpreted in the historical context, I still can't see it being sold in a Sanparks bookshop in its original form. I don't think the essence of this wonderful book would be diminished by such minor editing.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:11 am

I am the proud owner of "MEMORIES OF A GAME RANGER" purchased at SKUKUZA on 12 September 1967, an eighth edition copy, it was published by the WILDLIFE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA.

It cost me R2.90. Looking at it this morning I noticed the stamp I had put on it at the Phalaborwa Gate on 16 - 9 - 1967, on exit on one of so many later wonderful visits.

It was printed by HERZBERG MULLNE (TVL.) LTD.
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Re: "Memoirs of a Game Ranger" by Harry Wolhuter

Unread postby Little Red and Buff » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:48 pm

Hi Everyone!

just been reading the topic and wanted to add my bit too!

I bought a copy of this book from Amazon - the seller was in South Africa and I wanted it for my partner for a surprise Christmas gift - we are both addicted to Kruger - were there for 6 weeks in October and three weeks in May last year - wonderful trip - great sightings!

Back to the topic - the delivery from South Africa took two weeks as advised and I wanted a first edition too - when it arrived it was everything I wanted it to be - old cover, beautifully intact, drawings and tales of Kruger inside. My partner said it was the BEST present EVER - so well worth the searching.

I paid £41.00 including postage (R512 approx) - well worth it for the joy it bought on Christmas Day in England!

Happy hunting!

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