THE RIFLE & THE HOUND IN CEYLON, by SW Baker - 1854 [1st Ed]
The Rifle and the Hound in Ceylon
by S.W. Baker
FIRST EDITION. Ex Libris. All six color plates present. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Volume displays minor overall wear and aging to covers and interior and is fairly well-preserved.
- Leather covers feature gilt filigree along edges, and are lightly to moderately worn with overall rubbing and some scuffs.
- Boards have gilt dentelle along edges, and show some edgewear with rubbing that exposes boards at corners.
- Spine features two titleblocks, one red and one green, with text in gilt, as well as gilt filigree and six raised bands.
- Spine ends are darkened and both display a chip.
- Front shoulder displays reinforcement, that also shows along front hinge. (See photos)
- Binding is secure, volume showing evidence of hinge repair.
- Endpapers feature handsome colored marble design, displaying mild fading.
- Front pastedown has bookplate of Robert Watson Sparks. (See photos)
- Full-color illustration plates are remarkably well-preserved. (See photos)
- Interior is gently aged with mostly marginal toning, as well as some foxing to back feps. (See photos)
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Textblock edges have AEG, displaying some mild overall scuffing.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
409 pages. 5.75 x 8.75 inches.
Beautifully illustrated with color plates. Includes an introduction and a table of contents.
Told in a passionate and breathtaking narration, this is the account of a true British hunter whose adventures led him to explore the Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka), an island south of India in the Indian Ocean. An extraordinary land where not only game but splendid and varied landscapes abound, Ceylon is both background and the main subject for Baker's captivating narration. For him, hunting is a sport the value of which rests not in killing and slaughtering, but in the thrill of the challenge, and the pleasure in the satisfaction of a tough catch. Discussing the various sorts of game present in the local environment, narrating in full detail the tale of his most spectacular and rewarding successes, the volume is a real manual for the hunter as much as it is a tale of amazing adventure, and finally a personal account of the passion of a lifetime.
Bookplate of Robert Watson Sparks (1836-1918), a prominent British military officer who served in several wars. His religious and charitable contribution to his community earned him a memorial in the Holy Trinity Church in Richmond Upon Thames in England.
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