Jules Gérard. Lion Hunting and Sporting Life in Algeria. London: Addey and Co., Henrietta Street, Covent Garden., 1861. Third Edition. BOUND WITH What We Did in Australia: Being the Practical Experience of Three Clerks, In the Stockyard and at The Gold Fields. Edited by G.B. Earp. London: George Routledge and Co, 1853.
Small ocatavo (16.3 x 10.5cm), viii + 224pp, one engraved frontispiece; (2) 192pp (including appendix); three quarter brown calf over marbled boards, five reaised bands to spine black leather title label bears title in gilt: Algiers I Australia. Good. Frontispiece bent and with four small tears to outer margin (image unaffected), first title page coming away, light foxing to first few leaves. Corners bumpes, leather scuffed and worn along joints, boards lightly scuffed, gilt bright.
A not entirely odd pairing, both books having a spirit of adventure and set in countries considered wild. As well as lion hunting the first book describes panther and wild boar hunting and hunting with falcons. It concludes with Gérard “The Lion Killer’s” rules of Lion Hunting. In the second book George Butler Earp spends a long introduction evoking the discontent of the English labourer and suggesting he could do much better for himself in the colonies. He then goes on to describe adventures with bush men, escaped convicts, lost cattle, snakes, mosquitoes and where to find gold. He concludes that those who managing the country are squandering its resources ends by appealing to the Imperial Parliament to save the colonies from “mad mismanagement”. (7)
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