This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ... and though I have killed them thus with my 4-bore, I think it a pity to do so. It would be cruel to fire at them there with smaller bores. When an elephant can be approached to within a few yards, and dropped on the spot, it is hardly sportsmanlike to take a long shot, and risk wounding the animal uselessly. The guns ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ... and though I have killed them thus with my 4-bore, I think it a pity to do so. It would be cruel to fire at them there with smaller bores. When an elephant can be approached to within a few yards, and dropped on the spot, it is hardly sportsmanlike to take a long shot, and risk wounding the animal uselessly. The guns called jinjalls with which elephants were shot by natives in former days, are simply small cannon, fired from a tripod-stand. Two which I have weigh 45 lb. each, and carry a round bullet of nearly half a pound. The charge used was about half a pound of powder; native powder is not very strong, however. The guns are of native iron, the admirable softness of which alone prevented their bursting. A hunting-party consisted of four men--two to carry the gun slung on a pole, one the stands, and the fourth--the captain--to track, lay the gun, and to fire it. When the elephants were standing listlessly in thick cover at mid-day the gun was placed on the stands at about three feet from the ground, and directed anywhere on an elephant's carcass. It was fired with a touch-match, which gave the hunters two or three seconds to get away. It was usually fired within thirty yards' distance. The match being applied, every one ran for their lives, as the gun, being overcharged for its weight, always flew back several yards, and broken limbs were not unusually the result of failing to get clear. Elephants seldom escaped when wounded, and active hunters are said to have bagged five or six occasionally in a day. As a reward of 7 per head was paid for them by the Madras Government, this was a lucrative employment. There is no doubt that if this slaughter had not been prohibited years ago, the number of elephants would have been very much diminished at this da...
Good. Gilt pictorial front board and spine; cover soiled/very rubbed, corners and spine ends very rubbed/bumped (interior exposed), ~9cm tear at top spine end; edges lightly soiled; crack along rear interior hinge and partial crack after first signature; endpapers lightly soiled; some foxing throughout; binding a bit shaken but still intact; cover, edges, and interior intact and clean except as noted.
Fair. Book Dedcorative cover with embossed gilt drawing of hunter and wilf steer. Cover has insect damage at spine exterior hinges and about one third of surface of rear cover. Inscriptin dated Sept 12th, 1890. Many plates. This book is well worth rebinding preserving the skin of the cover. The block itself is tite and well preserved.
Good. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall Overall good condition with original pictorial cloth covers and original endsheets. Corners rounded, some fraying to extremities, but a generally sound copy with fairly bright gilt title and decoration on front cover and some rubbing to titles on spine. Bookplate on front pastedown, blindstamp on flyleaf and 1896 pencil ownership name and date on blank preliminary page. To preserve this condition will require delicate handling.
Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall Colored frontspiece and 23 plates, top edge gilt, re-bound with raised bands and gilt decorations on spine, includes the original cover and spine at end of book; cover lightly rubbed/soiled; bottom and fore-edge very barely soiled; binding tight; cover, edges, and interior intact and clean except where noted; due to the weight of this item, additional shipping charges may apply.
Fair with no dust jacket. Xviii, 387, (1) pages + frontis + 23 plates including 3 coloured maps. Green cloth covers with dark green and gilt lettering and illustration on spine and front board. Top edges gilt. Moderate-heavy rubbing to cloth covers. 1/2" and 3/4" chips and fraying to cloth at tail corners of boards. 1/4" chips to cloth at head corners of boards. 3/8" chips to cloth at head and tail of spine. Internally good. Rear hinge loose. Gutter split between pp. 386 & 387. Owner's signature on front endpaper. Tissue guard to frontis present. Light browning to pages and page edges.; 8vo.
1896, 6th Edition. () Near fine. [xviii] 387pp. Square octavo. Publisher's gilded, illustrated bevelled boards; spine title in gilt with vignette. Discreet bookplate to front fly. Illustrated frontis with tissue guard; 23 B / W plates from drawings. Textblock edges slightly browned, minor shelfsoil to lower. A bright copy; boards particuarly striking. A first hand account of hunting in India; the author spent 13 years as the "Officer in Charge of the Government Elephant Catching Establishment" in Mysore. As an elephant catcher, Sanderson oversaw the capture and taming of wild Indian elephants. In addition, he also hunted for tiger, bear and wild buffalo in the area.
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