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GERARD, Sir Montagu Gilbert.

Leaves from the Diaries of a Soldier and Sportsman during Twenty Years’ Service in India, Afghanistan, Egypt & other countries 1865-1885.

Published: London: John Murray, 1903

Stock code: 110905

Price: £150

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First edition. “Gerard was posted to India in 1866, and he recounts numerous adventures, including pig-sticking at Nagpur, tiger hunting near the Wurdah River with additional note of bagging bear and cheetal. Later assignments brought him to various regions of the Central Provinces where he collected more tigers and a lion. On other sporting excursions, he hunted panther and tiger, with additional bouts of pig-sticking” (Czech). Besides his sporting prowess, Gerard does also recount his professional exploits: in 1867-68 he was employed on the transport train during the Abyssinian expedition; acted as brigade major throughout the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878–80); took part in the second Bazar valley expedition; in December 1879 he accompanied General Charles Gough’s brigade to Sherpur, took part in Roberts’s march from Kabul to Kandahar, and was engaged at the battle of 1 September 1880; served in the Egyptian campaign of 1882 as deputy assistant adjutant and quartermaster-general of the cavalry division, he was at the battles of Qassasin and Tel el-Kebir, and the surrender of Arabi Pasha. He was also an important player in the Great Game in Persia, and represented Britain on the Pamir Boundary Commission. Perhaps somewhat more than the “buff [sic] hearty Englishman” described by Riddick.

Octavo (213 x 129 mm). Contemporary red half calf neatly repaired with cloth joints and inner hinges, red linen sides, marbled edges and endpapers. Monochrome frontispiece and 25 plates (a number by William Dacres Adams). Prize binding with gilt stamp on front cover and prize label on front pastedown. Spine somewhat worn and darkened but a clean, sound copy.

Bibliography: Bruce 2200; Czech, Asian Big Game Hunting Books, p.85; Riddick, Glimpses of India, 340.

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