Lot 18APPERLEY, W.[ILLIAM] W.[YNNE]
[Shooting Diary of W. W. Apperley] --title from head of first page. India: 1827-31 (from contents). Period dark brown soft leather in modern leather backed clamshell case. 9 1/8 x 7 3/8 inches (23 x 18.5 cm); 14 ff. (two leaves extracted), written in a legible cursive hand, with two sketches, one of snipe shooting, the other of a rider. Leather creased, the ink of the diary faded to brown. A leaf from the 1872 fishing diary of a relative (who apparently fished as enthusiastically as his forbear hunted) is tipped-in at the end..
Apperley (d. 1870) was a son of "Nimrod," i.e. Charles Apperley Esq. He entered the Bengal cavalry in 1823, and was, like his father, an avid hunter. The text here begins "In the month of November & December 1827 & March 1828 I bagged without an elephant 2128 head of game [!]" The account mentions the dispatch of extraordinary numbers of tigers (he was rumored to have killed some three hundred over his lifetime; based on this account that seems to be a low estimate). A comparatively brief but compelling account, with some interesting anecdotes, by one of the foremost hunters of the period in India.
Sold for $313
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