Hardcover, London: Hurst and Blackett, 1904. First Edition. Octavo, pp. x, 307. Frontispiece photograph of British hunters posing with tiger pelts, 18 full page illustrations. Bound in publisher's dark green cloth with black cover decorations and gold spine titles. Spine slightly slanted, top of spine bumped, all 4 corners rubbed. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown, name of previous owner on ffep.
A. Meryvyn Smith was a hunter, civil engineer, and gold mine manager who lived, worked, and hunted in India for decades. These are his true stories of hunting in India. He describes encounters with king cobra, elephant, boa constrictor, tiger, wolf, buffalo, wild dog, crocodile, duck, and leopard.
He describes the hunting of a man-eating wolf and the discovery that the wolf was raising a human boy as a wolf cub, Smith includes a photo of the boy in this book and contends he is the inspiration for Kipling's Mowgli. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 307 pages. [Item #77236]