Moulmein [Mawalamyine, Myanmar]: [for the author], 1878. 8vo. [iv], vi, 82, xxvii pp., including contents, index and appendix. FIRST EDITION. With 15 plates (2 folding), text illustrations, tipped-in errata slip at p. 5. Contemporary brown morocco with elaborate gilt “Orientalist” design and all edges gilt bound by Higginbotham & Co. in Madras. An excellent copy with minor rubbing and spotting. Ownership inscription on first blank by Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant-Duff (1829–1906) who served as Undersecretary of State for India (1868-1874) and the Colonies (1880-1881), and then the governor of Madra (1881-1886). During his tenures in British territories, he traveled widely, visiting all 22 districts of Madras, and expressed concern for the natural environments of the regions, especially the flora and fauna. Item #17747
CARE AND TREATMENT OF ELEPHANTS
SLYM, Martinus Johannes. Elephants and their treatment in health and disease. Moulmein [Mawlamyine, Myanmar]: [for the author], 1878. 8vo. With 15 plates and text illustrations. Contemporary brown morocco.
First edition. The Conservator of Forests in British Burma requested a more elaborate and complete text in order to find the “cause of the high mortality rate of the Government’s elephants.” The Department of Forests sought to create a more sustainable method of harvesting teak, and elephants, the main source of transportation in the area, played a crucial role. Slym provides meticulous detail concerning the anatomy and pathology of diseases to which the elephant is most susceptible. He also includes cures for common ailments and how to administer them as well as how to maintain the overall health of the animal. There are specific instructions for breeding and feeding. $ 15,000.00.