London: Henry S. King, 1876. 8vo. xxiv, 380 pp., including half-title, plus 4 pages publisher’s advertisements. FIRST EDITION. Frontispiece plate (detached) with tissue guard, text illustrations. Contemporary cloth, worn, title in gilt with decoration on front cover; interior uncut. From the James Dolan collection with his bookplate on paste down and blind stamp on title page. Item #16326
First edition of a scarce work on hunting in India written by an observer and lover of nature. Baldwin, a Captain in the British Army stationed in India, recounts his experiences hunting for tiger in the Terai, Assam, and Mirzapore regions, and additional hunts for panther, bear, buffalo and various deer species. He provides in-depth desscriptions of animals such as the leopard, red lynx, hyaena, wild dog, Indian elephant Indian rhinoceros, and antelope, among many others, sufficient certainly to hunt. The second part of the work examines India’s sporting bird species. Almost every animal he describes had fallen to his own rifle. The illustrations of Himalayas have been engraved from his own drawings.