Hardcover, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne, 1822. First Edition. Very Good. Octavo, pp x, 261. Frontispiece of a tiger hunting scene. Bound in antique half dark red leather with red marbled paper covered boards. Gold spine titles and decorations and gilded top page edges and marbled endpapers. Description of the Frontispiece tipped in before the Preface. Both ends of spine and all corners rubbed. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Previous owner name of first free endpaper. Very occasional age spotting to pages.
Daniel Johnson (1767-1835) was a British surgeon in the Bengal medical service of the British East India Company. He was assistant surgeon beginning in 1789 and was promoted to surgeon in 1805. He retired from the Bengal medical service in 1809. As Dr. Johnson mentions in the preface to this book, the events he describes and the information he gives comes from what he saw in India in the 1790s. Dr. Johnson describes the country, people, and customs of Bengal. He was especially interested in describing the way Indians hunted and describes their methods of hunting leopard, tiger, gour (Indian bison) , hare, quail, and even hyena. The book is particularly strong in tiger hunting. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 261 pages. [Item #77580]