Born Free [with] Living Free [ with] Forever Free
ADAMSON , Joy
THE ORIGINAL ELSA TRILOGY COMPLETE IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPERS; WITH ELSA BOOKMARK
Published: Collins & Harvill Press, 1960-62
Stock code: 42213
3 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, with 3 coloured frontispieces, very numerous coloured and monochrome photographs throughout and endpaper maps in the last two volumes, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper of first volume; pictorial cloth, backstrips lettered in black, a near fine set in unclipped dustwrapper.
LOOSELY INSERTED IN FIRST VOLUME IS THE SCARCE ADAMSON/ELSA ILLUSTRATED BOOKMARK. The trilogy comprises Born Free. A Lioness of Two Worlds. With Extracts from George Adamson's Letters. Preface by Lord William Percy. Foreword by Captain Charles Pitman, 1960; Living Free. The Story of Elsa and her Cubs. Introduction by Sir Julian Huxley, 1961; Forever Free. Elsa's Pride, 1962. Near fine set of George and Joy Adamson's account of their pioneering conservation project involving three generations of lions in Kenya's Serengeti in the late 1950s/early 1960s. The first volume formed the basis of James Hill's 1966 Oscar-winning movie of the same name starring husband and wife team Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers. So involved did McKenna and Travers become that they founded independently the Born Free Foundation which flourishes to this day. COMPLETE SETS OF FIRST EDITIONS IN THIS CONDITION ARE VERY SCARCE.