Thirty Years of Shikar; 1895, First Ed.

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Authors: Edward Braddon
Size (WxDxH): 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
Medium: Antiquarian Book
Year: 1895
Edition: First Edition


First edition from 1895 of ‘Thirty Years of Shikar’ by Sir Edward Braddon. 27 illustrations including frontpiece and 1 large folding map in colour, of sections of forest in Nepal showing where tigers had been killed. Published by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London. 2 pages at the back containing “Opinions of the press” and 32-page publisher’s catalogue. Presentation copy by the authors wife, Alice Harriet Braddon (1846-1943) to Eva Mabel Tenison (1880-1961) with her armorial bookplate, signed below by Alice Braddon. Also contains a mounted, signed photograph of Alice Braddon.

Background History:
Sir Edward Braddon (1829 –1904) was born in Cornwall England, and went to Calcutta in 1847 to work at a cousin’s merchant firm and subsequently managed a number of indigo factories near Krishnagar. After the first war of Independence he served as a civil servant for 19 years in India. This book includes stories of his many hunting trips but also accounts of his experiences in the Santhal rebellion and in the “Mutiny” as magistrate in the Santhal.
“In 1878 he moved to Tasmania, becoming a member of Parliament in 1879…He was a member of the first Australian parliament in the House of Representatives (at the age of 72, the oldest member ever elected up to that time). He ultimately became the Premier of Tasmania, a post held from 1894 to 1899. Braddon was the brother of the famous novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Both the suburb of Braddon in the Australian Capital Territory and the Division of Braddon in Tasmania are named after him.”

Very good condition with only some foxing to first few pages, and last few. Small stains on front green original boards. Gilt title on spine. Two indecipherable inscriptions on front end papers and some underlining of text.