Sondar Mooni. The Story Of An Indian Elephant.
Victor Gollancz Ltd.
8vo. 5.5 x 8.75 inches. 224 pp. Bound in original brown cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has edge chips including head and tail of sunned spine. Light wear to extremities and some foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Signed by author on first free endpaper, with another signature below. Illustrated by 2 maps and by line drawings in text by author. The story of an actual female Indian elephant from Assam, at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The details of her early days have been made up. She was born wild but her herd was captured when she was two. She and her mother were sold at auction to dealer in Bihar state, where she was trained, until she passed into the possession of the District Board of Jalpaiguri in Bengal, being later much in demand for sporting purposes such as tiger shooting. The author spent thirty two years in the Indian Forest Service, of which he became head, and subsequently Chief Game Warden of Malaya, where he was interned by the Japanese. He worked with trained elephants, was a distinguished naturalist and took part in the Everest expeditions of 1924 and 1933.
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