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Stories of hunting in India, with 8 tinted lithographed plates
and chromolithographed binding illustrations

CASTILLON, A. and Jean Victor Vincent ADAM.

Chasses aux Indes.
Paris, A. Courcier (back of half-title & colophon: printed by Charles Noblet), [1861]. Oblong 4to (22 x 31.5 cm). With 8 tinted lithographed plates (the first as frontispiece) by V. Adam. Original publisher's chromolithographed boards, with hunting scenes on the front and back. Rebacked.

€ 1,750

Very rare first edition of 6 fictional hunting stories taking place in India, at least some near Kolkata (Calcutta), in which the western hunter Maxime, successively kills a boar and panther, a swan, a buffalo, an elephant, a rhinoceros and a tiger; the whole is followed by a conclusion to wrap up the story. The story is beautifully illustrated with 8 plates by the notable French draughtsman Jean Victor Vincent Adam (1801-1866), known for his depictions of military battles, horses and hunting scenes. It was published as part of the series Grande bibliothèque illustrée.
With an inscription on the half-title. Some occasional minor foxing, otherwise in very good condition. The original binding rebacked, with the endpapers restored in the gutter, slightly rubbed along the extremities and some very minor soiling on the sides, otherwise good.
Jeanson I, 111; Thiebaud, col. 157; WorldCat (2 copies); cf. Schwerdt 1, p. 99; for Adam: Benezit I, p. 32.

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