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India and Tiger Hunting. Vol.I. - Tiger-Hunting and Other Adventures. - Julius Barras

1883 - Rastall & Son, London - First Edition
Inscribed by the author to General Macdonald.

Tiger shooting was my principle amusement, and it is an expensive pastime.

‘Despite the expenses, Julius Barras devoted his sporting interest to hunting tiger and panther, and relates numerous shooting experiences in the Deccan and Nagpur hills, near Ahmedabad in Guzerat and the Terai.

A panther savaged Barras, but fortunately for his readers (and himself) he survived.’ - Czech.

A beautiful first edition, which is rare in any condition. The second volume of Barras’ memoirs was published in 1885 as ‘
Series II’, and at the same time volume I was reprinted as ‘Series I’. 
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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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Selections from the Popular Poetry of The Hindoos - Thomas Duer Broughton [Editor Translator]

1814 - Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, London - First Edition
A pretty and scarce first edition of the the first published anthology of Hindi Poets. Internally fine and unopened. 
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The Book of The Tiger - with a chapter on The Lion in India - Brigadier-General R. G. Burton

1933 - Hutchinson & Co. Publishers Ltd., London - First Edition
‘Combining his own hunting adventures with a study of the tiger in general, Burton focuses on man-eaters, hunting from an elephant, hunting on foot, and other equally descriptive chapters.

He also includes notes from books and journal articles penned by other sportsmen.

A concluding chapter reveals the experiences other travelers and hunters had with lions in the Kathiawar region’, which is home to the last remaining Asiatic lions left in the wild.

This volume is concerned more with natural history than with sport; the few chapters devoted to the chase are intended to describe and illustrate various methods of hunting rather than to give lengthy descriptions of bags and blood. - from the introduction.

Illustrated with frontispiece and 15 plates.
 
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Chow-Chow. Being Selections from a Journal kept in India, Egypt, and Syria. - Viscountess Falkland

1857 - Hurst and Blackett, London - Second Edition, Revised
‘The word Chow-Chow means ‘Odds and Ends’ and in offering my Chow-Chow basket to the public, I venture to hope that something, however trifling, may be found in it, suited to the taste of everyone.’

A lovely two volume set of Viscountess Falkland’s account of her travels through India and the Middle-East during the 19th century. With two colour lithographic frontispieces.

The writings of Lady Falkland, daughter of William IV and wife to Lord Falkland, then Governor of Bombay, include fascinating insights into these regions as they were undergoing periods of tremendous change and political upheaval. Her eagerness to preserve as much as she could of traditional aspects of Indian and Middle-Eastern cultures provides a refreshing perspective, somewhat unusual for this time and genre.
 
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Sport on the Nilgiris and in Wynaad - F. W. F. Fletcher

1911 - Macmillan & Co., London - First Edition
‘Fletcher introduces both the terrain and the history of the Nilgiris and Wynaad regions in India, then provides big game chapters on a species-by-species basis. Each of these chapters features not only the natural history of the animals, but also the author's experiences hunting them. Included are chapters devoted to elephant, tiger, leopards, bison, beer, tahr, ibex, sambur, and other deer species.

Fletcher switched from a .450 rifle to a .600 Jeffery: “
In cold blood the recoil from his rifle is somewhat severe; but in the excitement of shooting it is not noticeable.”’ - Czech.

Illustrated with 18 plates, and folding coloured map as frontispiece.
 
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Flashman and the Mountain of Light - From the Flashman Papers 1845-46 - SIGNED - George MacDonald Fraser

1990 - Collins Harvill, London - First Edition
The ninth packet of the Flashman papers, spanning 1845-46, with the mighty Sikh Khalsa, the finest army ever seen in Asia, poised to invade India and sweep Britannia’s ill-guarded empire into the sea, every able-bodied man was needed to defend the frontier – and one at least had his answer ready when the Call of Duty came: ‘I’ll swim in blood first!’

Alas, though, for poor Flashman, there was no avoiding the terrors of secret service in the debauched and intrigue-ridden Court of the Punjab, the attentions of its beautiful nymphomaniac Maharani (not that he minded that, really), the horrors of its torture chambers or the baleful influence of the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, the Mountain of Light.
 
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Round Kangchenjunga - Douglas W. Freshfield

1903 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
Freshfield’s incredible account of his dangerous and exhausting circuit of Kangchenjunga, considered one of the greatest early works on Himalayan exploration, and a standard reference to the Kangchenjunga massif. The party’s entire route followed previously unknown areas, much of it at a great height: they climbed the Zemu glacier reaching 5,350 metres, then crossed the Lhonak valley and proceeded west over Jongsong La into Nepal, descending along Kangchenjunga glacier, before trekking ahead to Tseram and finally crossing back to Sikkim.

Accompanying Freshfield was Italian photographer Vittorio Sella, whose remarkable photographs feature in this book.

Profusely illustrated with two large folding colour maps of Sikkim and the glaciers of Kangchenjunga, forty full page black and white plates, two in-text illustrations of the peaks of Kathmandu and a geological map of Sikkim, and one folding panoramic black and white photographic plate of Kangchenjunga Glacier, taken by Sella.
 
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