presentation copy with dust-wrapper
STRACHAN, Arthur W. Mauled by a Tiger; Encounters in The Indian Jungle. Edinburgh and London, The Moray Press, .
8vo. Original red cloth, spine titled in white, original pictorial grey dust-jacket, not price-clipped, upper cover with a mounted plate by the author of a tiger, surmounted by the title in burgundy, spine also titled in burgundy; pp. xi, 279, [4, advertisements] with 8 fine coloured plates of tigers by the author, replicating his original miniatures on ivory, mounted on heavy black paper stock, and 10 photographic plates on 8 leaves; some slight fraying to extremities of dust-jacket, with minimal loss, initially a little spotted; a very good copy of a scarce work.
First edition, presentation copy, signed and inscribed by the author to Molly, and dated November, 17, 1933, one month after the date of the preface. 'This is a book as exciting as any fiction ... [the author's] graphic description of following a wounded tiger through the jungle and the ultimate encounter in which he lost an arm and a leg makes thrilling reading' (Preface). The extraordinary aspect of this tale is that the artist lost his miniature-painting right hand in that final confrontation, and had to paint all the original illustrations for this book with his left hand.
Czech p. 206; see Elliott, Field Sports in India 1800-1947, London, 1973, pp. 89-104 (on tigers).