"TO SEE THE CONVULSIVE UPWARD LEAP, AND HEAR THE THROTTLED GASPING ROAR OF A WOUNDED TIGER…": INGLIS' ILLUSTRATED SPORTING MEMOIR, TENT LIFE IN TIGERLAND
(INDIA) INGLIS, James. Tent Life in Tigerland. Being Sporting Reminiscences of a Pioneer Planter in an Indian Frontier District. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1888. Tall octavo, contemporary full marbled calf rebacked, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. $750.
Second edition of this illustrated memoir of hunting and sporting life in India, issued in the same year as the first edition, with 16 chromolithographic illustrations, based on photographs, printed in vibrant color. Handsomely bound.
"Apparently Inglis had so many requests for his first publication Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier written under his pseudonym 'Maori' that he expanded on his experiences… with his new Tent Life in Tigerland. He describes an encounter with a rogue elephant in the Koosee Valley, a tributary of the Ganges… There are also episodes describing hunts for tiger—one with the hunters hidden in shallow pits—buffalo, bear, and pig sticking. The author also recalls beats after rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, and sambur in the Oudh jungles" (Czech). Published the same year as the 1888 first edition. Czech, 110-11. Bookplate.
Text and plates clean and fine, with only occasional marginal foxing. An excellent copy in contemporary calf, attractively rebacked.