India and Tiger Hunting. Vol.I. - Tiger-Hunting and Other Adventures. - Julius Barras 1883 - Rastall & Son, London - First Edition Inscribed by the author to General Macdonald.

Tiger shooting was my principle amusement, and it is an expensive pastime.

‘Despite the expenses, Julius Barras devoted his sporting interest to hunting tiger and panther, and relates numerous shooting experiences in the Deccan and Nagpur hills, near Ahmedabad in Guzerat and the Terai.

A panther savaged Barras, but fortunately for his readers (and himself) he survived.’ - Czech.

A beautiful first edition, which is rare in any condition. The second volume of Barras’ memoirs was published in 1885 as ‘
Series II’, and at the same time volume I was reprinted as ‘Series I’.
  Spectator magazine - Book Review - 23 February 1884

India and Tiger-hunting. By Julius Barras. London ; Rastall and Son
ELEPHANT-DRIVING AND TIGER-SHOOTING.
If this book dealt with tiger-shooting merely from the ordinary point of view, describing one deadly encounter after another, and dwelling with a sort of ferocious joy upon the large "bags" of big game it had been the author's good fortune to make up, it might be dismissed with scant notice, as the subject has already been brought before us ad nauseam. Mr. Barras, however, has introduced into his recitals a somewhat new element, the elephant, rather than the tiger, occupying the most prominent position, so that Roghanath," Bahadur,"Ashmut,' and 'Muarak Guj," Minut Dix," Bijli,' and Futteh .Alli ' become quite the reader's personal acquaintances, investing with special interest the scenes in which they take part; as not content with enjoying sport in the usual fashion, the author determined to drive his own elephant, having first studied the idiosyncrasies of some of these noble animals, as well as the duties of a good mahout, so that on his second expedition, and ever afterwards, during his twenty- eight years of Indian service, he would follow up a wounded tiger and shoot him from between the ears of the great beast, a much more exciting performance than doing the same thing from one's place in the howdah.

In order to manage this conveniently, he devised an ingenious sling for his gun and made some other simple arrangements about his paraphernalia. "I can lay no claim," says Mr. Barras, "to distinguished authorship, and can only commend my narrative to the reader's kind indulgence on the score of its perfect veracity and genuineness ;" but strict veracity, when not combined with dullness, is the strongest of recommendations, and his little book, with its unpretending tale of sport and adventure, proves to be a bit of very pleasant reading.



With the bookplate of Lawrence J. Di Stefano, Jr.

Reference: Czech,
Asian Big Game Hunting Books 21.
8vo. pp. viii 232.
  Condition: Near fine, small marks to front boards, abrasion to front free endpaper, small booksellers plate to rear, hinges cracked   Ref: 104876   Price: HK$ 7,000