London: Horace Cox, 1871. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. (6) 831 (1), 6pp. advertisements. Original green cloth with bright gilt title and decorative double border on cover, gilt lettering and ruling on spine, bevelled edges, protected by modern mylar. Bright green endpapers. Frontispiece engraving by Thomas Baines, engraved by Butterworth & Heath. Illustrated title page by Thomas Baines. Missing illustration called for on page 185. Rare first edition of this extraordinary guide to camping, hunting and travel.
Exhuberantly illustrated with 14 of 15 full page engravings, including frontispiece, after drawings by Thomas Baines, and numerous in-text woodcut engravings after drawings by Thomas Baines, some of them full page, illustrating the scenery, the equipment, including technical drawings, encountered during extensive travels exploring the wilds of North Australia, Sebastopol, Southern and Tropical Africa, the Crimea and the jungles of Central India. The manual contains useful advice paired with extensive illustrations including compasses, boats, tools, ropes, shoes, etc. The appendix contains various practical tables, with index at rear. Six pages with advertisements, some illustrated, at rear.
Light wear along edges of binding. Reinforced with dark green cloth tape at inside gutters. Last page of table of contents with two and a half closed tear at top, and slightly starting here. Very light sporadic foxing of block. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #46149