Archive of Correspondence concerning Elephant Hunting and Trophy Ivory hunted in Africa, addressed to George Frederick Kunz of New York, and used in his book Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science (1916). Ivory, George Frederick Kunz.
Archive of Correspondence concerning Elephant Hunting and Trophy Ivory hunted in Africa, addressed to George Frederick Kunz of New York, and used in his book Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science (1916)

Archive of Correspondence concerning Elephant Hunting and Trophy Ivory hunted in Africa, addressed to George Frederick Kunz of New York, and used in his book Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science (1916).

V.p: v.d., 1915.

10 duplicated typewritten requests for information accomplished in ink, usually signed; 5 autograph letters, signed; 3 typed letters, signed; and 4 retained carbons of letters from Kunz: totaling 26 pp. 1 vols. 4to and smaller. Old folds, minor wear, condition generally fine. Blue morocco backed folding box. Item #313793

A superb collection of primary documents used by George Frederick Kunz in preparation of chapter XI of his monumental work Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science (1916). This archive comprises 15 individual responses to a request for information about hunting elephant in Africa distributed by Kunz, with related correspondence, and covers hunts from 1899 through 1913. Highlights of the data are summarized at pp. 415-418 in the published book.
— James Barnes, author of Through Central Africa from Coast to Coast (1915), a dense two-page, typed letter, signed, describing several hunts in Uganda and British E. Africa in 1913-14.
— William Fitz Hugh Whitehouse, recordign 12 kills on expeditions to Lake Rudolph in 1899-1900 and 1902-3, with a four-page A.L.S., dated 17 September 1915 from Southampton, Long Island, concerning hunting for the Emperor Menelik, Arthur H. Neumann, “My diaries & game books are in my home in N.Y. & I should be more than pleased to give you any information possible …” Whitehouse was author of “To Lake Rudolph and Beyond”, published in Grinnell’s Hunting and Conservation (1925).
— Gerrit Forbes, 48 elephants 1907-1913, in British E. Africa, Uganda, Congo & Sudan (with long addendum on regional variations in ivory on verso of circular).
— W. Sewall, records hunts in N.W. Rhodesia, German E. Africa, Uganda, Somaliland, Abyssinia, etc., from 1905 onwards “The Elephant’s head in the Harvard Club N.Y. was shot by me, the tusks of which are unusually graceful although not over 80 lbs. …”
— W.S. Rainsford, author of The Land of the Lion (1909), describing three elephant kils during travels in east Africa 1905, 1908-9, 1911-12, with a short A.L.S.
— E.J. Honor, of Pittsburgh, Pa., giving brief details of one kill from a hunt north and west of Mt. Kenya, 1905-6.
— E.M. Wheeler on behalf of Alexander Wheeler. “Mr. Wheeler has gone with his regiment to the Dardanelles, with the form completed by Rowland Ward Ltd., describing a trophy taken at Mohoroni, British East Africa, 1903.
— James L. Clark, taxidermist and sculptor, and later author of Trails of the Hunted (1928), reported one kill in British East Africa, 1909-1910. This would have been with the McCutcheon/Roosevelt expedition.
Several correspondents reported not having hunted elephant, such as H. Lloyd Folsom of the H. & D. Folsom Arms Co., who wrote that the illness of a travelling companion obliged his party to give up the idea. (10 September 1915); Benjamin Chew reported similarly, “I have never had the luck to get a shot at Elephant”. P. C. Madeira of Philadelphia, author of Hunting in British East Africa (1909), saw only fresh tracks; Benjamin Miles, of Cleveland, O., reported that Mr. Painter has not hunted Elephants.
With a later TLS to Kunz from T. Alexander Barns, author of Across the Great Craterland to the Congo (1923), etc., 17 November 1924, attempting to interest Kunz in a shipment of Congolese ivory carvings.

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