Hardcover, London: Heath, Cranton & Ouseley, LTD., 1914. First Edition. Good+. Octavo, pp xii, 494. Folding black & white map, index of names, index of place. Bound in publisher's green cloth with gold cover and spine titles. Binding cracked at front gutter and delicate, but still sound. There is a 1.5 inch tear in the cloth at the rear seam. Both ends of spine bumped with small tears to the cloth at the head. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Although a frontispiece is mentioned in the Introduction, this copy does not have one. Rear free endpaper has a pocket pasted on it that holds a handwritten letter from a previous borrower of the book to the book's owner. Rear pastedown has a short newspaper clipping from 1931 pasted to it. The clipping is about this book.
Lt. John Pester, later Lt. Colonel, served in the army of the British East India Company from 1800-1826. He kept a journal from 1802-1806 and from 1812-1823, his journals are now in the British Library. In 1914, Pester's grand-nephew published the journals entries from 1802-1806 as this book. He did have to cut about a third of the journals. Pester discusses his experiences fighting in the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803-1805) and covers the whole of the campaign of Lord Lake. He also describes his hunts after Tiger at a time when hunting was just beginning to become a favorite past-time of the officer class. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 494 pages. [Item #77576]