Shanghai: Printed at The "North China Herald" Office, 1873.
First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Douglas Jones on first blank. Title-page, printed preface and text, with holograph manuscript by Jones on the Index and Game Register. Pp. [vii], [116, Diary & Game Register, accomplished in ink (4 pages unused)]; -50. 1 vols. 4to (10-1/8 x 8 inches; 257 x 203 mm). Contemporary full brown roan, upper cover titled in gilt. Spine neatly rebacked, notes on front endsheets. Quarter black morocco slipcase and cloth chemises. Czech (Asia) p. 93. Not in OCLC. Item #312749
“The immense tracts of country available for purposes of sport and well stocked with game, the entire absence of game laws, and the friendly disposition of the natives, combine to render Keang-soo and the adjoining provinces a very Paradise for sportsmen …” (Groom, from the Preface).
Early work on hunting in China, with a partly printed dairy and "Register of Game Bagged", here accomplished with an extensive and detailed manuscript of expeditions from 1878 to 1892, recounting trips on the Merlin and other boats, after deer, waterfowl, and other game, listing participants, names of dogs, and game bags. The manuscript is followed by the printed text, with notes on boats, guns and kit, “The Medicine Chest,”, cookery, and chapters on various types of game (pheasant, snipe, wild pig), and a printed Vocabulary with Chinese/English translations and phonetic transcriptions.
Among the hunting companions of Jones in the 1885 season was Bell-Irving, author of Diary of the Ewo Party (1890). Both Jones and Bell-Irving are quoted frequently in Wade’s With Boat and Gun in the Yangtze Valley (2nd ed., 1910).
Some interesting ephemera has been preserved, including printed Chinese broadside shooting permits for Jones for the years 1884 and 1885, a shooting permit for Hong Kong and the New Territories, 1894; fivee sketch maps of Kiang Su, Le Yang, and Kashing; four small photographs of Hong Kong mounted on the verso of a Victorian photographic portrait of Douglas Jones; a manuscript translations of Chinese verse by one of Jones’ companions, and four autograph letters on sporting topics or introductions and requests to assist Jones in his up country trips; and a stray sheet of printed letterhead of the Union Insurance Society of Canton, Shanghai, where Jones was Secretary.
A UNIQUE AND SUBSTANTIAL RECORD OF SPORT IN CHINA.
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