FRASER, Thomas Gamble.
Records of Sport and Military Life in Western India.
With an Introduction by Colonel G. B. Malleson.
First edition. Uncommon “autobiography based on Fraser’s journals presenting his military experiences as well as those of sport. Near Bombay he participated in pig sticking, while near Khandesh he hunted tiger. Near Assirgarh, he bagged bison and bear, with additional adventures hunting more tiger and sambur in the vicinity of Burhanpur. He also relates incidents of shooting fish!” (Czech). Fraser served with Sir James Outram – no mean sportsman himself – and gives an account of the “little-known, but vital” (ODNB) campaigns in the subjugation of Western India. Armorial bookplate to the front pastedown, and ownership inscription to the title page, of Sir John Edge, Chief Justice of the North West Provinces of India, “proficient with rod, rifle, and gun, and a keen alpinist” (ODNB). Later bookplate of Joshua Crane Jnr. tennis and polo champion.
Octavo. Original green cloth, title gilt to the spine and upper board, “bamboo” panel in blind to the boards, pale cream surface-paper endpapers. Very slightly rubbed, light marginal toning, a very good copy indeed. Ink stamp of Combridge’s, Bombay to the front pastedown.
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