Big Games, Boers and Boches; 1937, First Ed.

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Authors: Lt-Col. V. Prescott-Westcar
Size (WxDxH): 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
Medium: Antiquarian Book
Year: 1937
Edition: First Edition


First edition of “Big Game, Boers and Boches” by Lt-Col. V. Prescott-Westcar, D.S.O. Published by Stanley Paul & Co, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Front piece portrait and 23 plates containing illustrations of big game hunting and travel. The author was a subaltern in the Rifle Brigade at 18 and led an unusually adventurous career including big game hunting in Burma, India and the Sudan. The book also illustrates his service in the Boer War, the Great War and the Indian Frontier.

Background History:
Lieutenant - Colonel Sir William Villiers Leonard ‘Puddle’ Prescott-Westcar 7th baronet 1882-1959. Prescott-Westcar was commissioned into the rifle brigade in 1901, and joined the 1st Battalion in South Africa in the same year, serving for the remainder of the war and later in Malta. From then until 1914 he served mainly with the 4th Battalion in Egypt, and in India where he had opportunities to enjoy his propensity for big game shooting. “These expeditions, when luck as well as skill were necessary, are related in a tense and vivid manner…He has in addition a delightful sense of humour, and the book abounds in incidents which are amusing as well as being true.” Prescott-Westcar was known as “Puddle” in his regiment as a result of falling in a very wet and muddy spot.

Good condition. Original cloth cover (lacks dust wrapper). Surface wear to covers and spine. First few pages coming loose from binding. Toned. Previous owner’s inscription in pencil with dated 1943 on end page.