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Sketches of Indian Field Sports:
London: Published for the Author, by Robert Jennings,, 1827. with observations of the animals: also an account of some of the customs of the inhabitants: with a description of the art of catching serpents, as practised by the conjurors, and their method of curing themselves when bitten: with remarks on hydrophobia and rabid animals. Second Edition: to which is added an account of hunting the wild boar, as followed by Europeans in Bengal and its dependencies. Octavo. Original drab grey boards neatly rebacked to style, new label. Engraved frontispiece after Ann Elizabeth Palmer, 4 lithograph plates of wild boar hunting (2 showing spear heads, two scenes), one page of music for a song entitled "The Hog Hunt". A few old stains to boards, corners a little worn and rounded. A very good copy with the slip entitled "Description of the Frontispiece" bound in before the Preface. Second and best edition; originally published in 1822, illustrated with the frontispiece alone. Daniel Johnson (1766/7-1835), surgeon and author, "was appointed assistant surgeon in the Bengal medical service on 22 January 1789. He conducted experiments on snakebite, and later communicated his findings to his fellow Bengal surgeon James Johnson. He was promoted to surgeon on 11 March 1805, and retired from the service in 1809. He settled at Great Torrington, Devon, and in 1822 printed, with the aid of a daughter of the local bookseller, 'not more than eight and a half years old', his Sketches of Indian Field-Sports [actually the title of the second edition]. The book was dedicated to the court of directors of the Hon. East India Company" (ODNB). In his new two-page preface Johnson comments on the "number of errors [that] crept into the first publication, from the singular manner in which it was printed by a wonderfully clever child". Czech remarks: "In this early work detailing Indian sport, Johnson provides notes on elephant, buffalo, and other game, but of primary importance are his chapters on hunting tiger and leopard principally in the jungle ares of Ramghur, Rogonautpore, and Bundbissunpore. The second edition contains extensive descriptions of wild boar hunting, including four plates". An exceptional, tall copy in the original boards; uncommon, Copac cites copies at just three British and Irish institutional libraries (Durham and Manchester universities, Wellcome), OCLC adds another 15 internationally.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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