Shooting in China - Thomas R. Jernigan 1908 - Methodist Publishing House, Shanghai - First and Only Edition The rare first edition of this work on wildfowl shooting in China, and one of only a small number of eighteenth and early nineteenth century books written on the subject by expatriates based in China. Illustrated with 23 full page plates of 26 images, mostly from photographs (including the Snipe plate opposite page 77 which is not listed).

I remember my first shooting trip in China as clearly and distinctly as if it were but an event of yesterday, It was in December 1866, a few days after my arrival in Shanghai...’ - thus begins ‘Notes by an Old Sportsman’, a chapter of reminisces contributed by Jernigan’s friend H. T. Wade.

Jernigan (1847-1920) was US consul general in Shanghai, attorney in China for Standard Oil Company, chairman of the Shanghai International Settlement, and on publication of this work he was in private practice. In this work Jernigan provides long chapters on houseboating for waterfowl and small game shooting, there are also separate sections on shooting along the ‘
Yang-tze River’, the ‘Ch’ien-Tang River’ and the ‘Lakes near Ningpo’. Other chapters cover ‘Customs’, ‘Government’, and to the rear is a short ‘Vocabulary’ of Chinese hunting terms. While Jernigan does not hunt big game himself, he does include a chapter describing big game that he has been informed of, including lion, tiger, leopard, bear and wild boar.
  References: Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, 3383, 3984. Czech, Asian Big Game Hunting Books, 113.

Thick octavo (book size 21.5x15x5.4cm) pp. [1 (half-title)] [1] [1 (title)] [1] ix-xiv [2] 313 [3]. In publisher’s light brown buckram, spine lettered in gilt.

Note - This pagination matches the only previous copy we have handled, as well as the copy in the American Museum of Natural History, and as such we can only assume that page ‘xiv’ is in fact incorrectly numbered, or was done so to allow for advertisements that were not inserted. It was also issued in red-brick buckram. There have also been a small number of examples with a second imprint of a London firm stamped on the title page, possible an agent selling on behalf of the Methodist Publishing House.
  Condition: Near fine, gentle sunning to spine, foxing to edges and first and last few pages.   Ref: 110518   Price: HK$ 6,000