the fastest land animal
DYVIABHANUSINH [or Divya Bhanu SINGH]. The End of a Trail. The Cheetah in India. [New Delhi,] Banyan Books, .
4to. Original faux leather with illustrated dust-wrappers, patterned endpapers; pp. xxii, 248, highly illustrated and lavishly produced; a near-fine copy.
First edition, presentation copy signed and inscribed by the author on half-title. The fist monograph of the cheetah in India through history up to extinction (the last cheetah was shot the year before independence), with chapters on training of and hunting with the animal, its role in mythology, and ecology.
'Divya Bhanu Singh, former vice-president of the Bombay Natural History Society, writes. "Eight hundred years ago coursing with cheetah had already become an established feature of court life in India. The Muslim carried the tradition through time and the Mughals raised it to a grand scale. Akbar alone collected 9,000 cheetahs during his reign and had 1,000 of them at one time" … The cheetahs in India were relentlessly hunted down by the British as well as Indians. Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo of the erstwhile state of Korea in Chhattisgarh shot dead three cheetahs in 1947, ending the existence of the big cat in India. There has been no sighting in the wild since it was declared extinct in the country in 1952' (Shsishir Prasant, Will the cheetah growl?, in: business-stdard.com, 2013, online).