Days and Nights of Shikar - Mrs. W. W. Baillie 1921 - John Lane, London and New York - First Edition ‘Mrs Baillie seems to have been an incurable big-game hunter. She was married to a clergyman stationed in the Deccan; from there (rarely accompanied by the gentle padre) she made expeditions as far afield as Chamba in the Himalaya and Dharwar towards the south, in search of trophies to bring home to England.

‘This book is less bloodthirsty, than many; the worst moments in it are not concerned with the poor animals’ appointment with death, but with the author's own, which she managed to postpone twice at the very last minute.

‘The first time was on a night shoot from Bilaspur, near Simla. She had placed a goat’s carcass as a decoy under the hammock; unfortunately, just as an obliging tiger was approaching, the hammock string snapped and bowled Mrs Baillie into the mess below. Meanwhile the tiger fled away.

‘A closer shave involved a black bear, who caught our heroine as she fell from a rock, first chewing her leg and then making off with her head–for which it luckily mistook her sola topi, The leg healed after five weeks in hospital, and nothing daunted, Mrs Baillie lived to shoot another day.’ – Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women.
  ‘Mrs. Baillie, the wife of a British army clergyman, was soundly bitten by the sporting bug while in India. Among her numerous adventures are episodes of hunting panthers in central India, ibex near Chamba in the Himalayas, and tigers in the Belgaum districts. In the Kamara jungles near Dharwar, bison were bagged, as were additional tigers in the Central Provinces. In one blood-curdling episode, Baillie was mauled by a bear but survived her wounds and continued her hunting trips though barely healed.’ – Czech.

Provenance: From the hunting library of Lawrence J. Di Stefano, Jr. with his illustrated bookplate.

References: Robinson
Wayward Women 64. Czech, Asian Big Game Hunting Books 18.

Octavo (book size 23 x 15.4 cm). pp. v [3] 241 [1] [6 (publisher’s ads)] [2]. In publisher’s grey textured cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained grey.
  Condition: Near fine, toning to half-title, spots of foxing to uncut edges, small bookseller plate to rear.   Ref: 104894   Price: HK$ 900