“TO SEE THE CONVULSIVE UPWARD LEAP, AND HEAR THE THROTTLED GASPING ROAR OF A WOUNDED TIGER…”: HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED FIRST EDITION OF INGLIS’ 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 three-quarter burgundy morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, patterned endpapers and boards, top edge gilt. $750.
First edition of this illustrated memoir of hunting and sporting life in India, with 16 chromolithographic illustrations, based on photographs, printed in vibrant color. Handsomely bound in morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son.
“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, 110-11).
A handsomely bound copy in fine condition.