Alpine Elephant - In Hannibal's Tracks

Second edition published by Fabrizio Publications, Palo Alto, CA, 1964 (Further reprints, Wipf & Stock, Eugene, OR)

Originally published as: Trunk Road for Hannibal - with an elephant over the Alps, Published by Geoffrey Bles, Ltd, London, UK, 1960, Hard Cover Edition.

The book is a humorous account of John's expedition sponsored by Life Magazine to answer the question, "Which way did Hannibal cross the Alps?" The only way to prove it, was to bring along an actual elephant!


It is a lovely morning. The wind comes helter-skelter down the long hillside and playfully tosses the branches of the mountain ash into wild patterns of movement. Overhead, the billowing clouds race across the sky and as they catch the brilliant, early morning sunshine they radiate delicate shades of translucent colour. Beyond stands the great, serene, azure dome of heaven, fading to a soft green near the horizon, in vivid contrast to the dynamic colouring and motion of the clouds. As far as the eye can see, mountains raise their mighty heads in wide, generous sweeps and then plunge through dark pine woods to the deep valleys. Great purple shadows and glowing patches of sunlight chase each other across their brows, climb to the top-most crags in furious haste and then vanish beyond into some hidden secret valley in the wind blown race.
It is on such a day that one feels at one’s best. Earth and sky, light and shade, wind and sudden stillness, the momentary scent of the pine woods, and brilliant colours spread out in lavish beauty, all conspire to create a profound harmony between the watcher and the moving spirit behind Nature.
— An excerpt from "Alpine Elephant" by John Hoyte

Here are elephant cartoons that I drew to add humor and variety to the book.

The donkey wasn't so sure about Jumbo

The donkey wasn't so sure about Jumbo

The elephants of the world unite to find Hannibal's route.

The elephants of the world unite to find Hannibal's route.

Bogus was Hannibal's Field Prophet (Chaplain General)

Bogus was Hannibal's Field Prophet (Chaplain General)

                  Reaching the summit!

Jumbo! Be careful of level crossings.

Jumbo! Be careful of level crossings.

                    On the hunt for an elephant.

                    On the hunt for an elephant.

Launching an intercontinental Hanniballistic elephant!

Launching an intercontinental Hanniballistic elephant!

                     Cooling off at the pump.

                     Cooling off at the pump.

               African elephants don't have a rounded back.

               African elephants don't have a rounded back.

                    Hannibal's Cannibals would have gone down in    History!

                    Hannibal's Cannibals would have gone down in    History!

        Jumbo's trunk had many uses.

        Jumbo's trunk had many uses.

            History in the making- from 218 BCE to 1959 AD

            History in the making- from 218 BCE to 1959 AD

                                                                               Hannibal's elephants crossing the Rhone.

                                                                               Hannibal's elephants crossing the Rhone.

If you forget...here is a way to remember.

If you forget...here is a way to remember.

                           "Vive de Gaullelephant!"

                           "Vive de Gaullelephant!"

 

This chapter, Roman Holiday, is at the very end of "Alpine Elephant" and tells of our invitation to Rome by the University student association after Jumbo's Alpine crossing.

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