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SEONEE or, Camp life on the Satpura Range : a tale of Indian adventure, by Robert Armitage Sterndale, illustrated by the author, with a map and an appendix, containing a brief topographical and historical account of the district of Seonee in the Central Provinces of India. ( Big Game Hunting )

Published in London in 1877, this is the scarce First Edition of this work by Robert Armitage Sterndale (1839-1902) who was a British naturalist, artist, writer and statesman who worked in British India before becoming governor general of St. Helena. A keen sportsman and big-game hunter, he wrote several books on natural history including on the mammals of India. He was one of the first editors of the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. This work Seonee, or Camp Life on the Satpura Range published in 1877 influenced the work of Rudyard Kipling and inspired many scenes in the Jungle Book. Bound in the original cloth, 9 inches tall approx., 455 pages plus a 24 page publishers catalogue dated October 1876 Illustrated with a folding map, a small number of full page plates and other illustrations within the text. The book is in a very worn and used state, cloth heavily worn with loss at spine ends and corners, spine cloth has been stuck down to the back of the spine which has left it wrinkled. Internally contents shaken with some page loosened, occasional noticeable marking, creasing wear, one page (pictured on both sides) has a repaired tear. Page 161 (pictured) is very worn and browned at edges. The map is present but is loose and has some wear. Old W H Smith lending library label to front pastedown, no other library marks within. AN ACCEPTABLE READING COPY OF A VERY SCARCE BOOK