Sport and Sportsmen: a Book of Recollections. Charles STRETTON.
Sport and Sportsmen: a Book of Recollections.
Sport and Sportsmen: a Book of Recollections.
Sport and Sportsmen: a Book of Recollections.

Sport and Sportsmen: a Book of Recollections.

London: Hurst and Blackett, 1866.

Octavo, frontispiece and illustrated title- page; contemporary half calf and marbled boards.

Kangaroo hunting with the Yarra Yarra tribe

First edition of a scarce collection of sporting memoirs, mainly set in England, Wales and the Scottish Highlands. However Stretton had been to the Victorian diggings in the 1850s, and his long final chapter gives a wonderful 60-page reminiscence of a kangaroo hunting expedition outside Melbourne with "King Tom" of the Yarra Yarra tribe in 1852. "Two Days with a Native Chief" is in fact quite a remarkable memoir for its period, showing considerable understanding not only of the skills of the Aboriginal people, but also some knowledge of and sympathy for the hardships endured by them throughout the period of white settlement. It is also a ripping yarn of exotic hunting.

First edition of a scarce collection of sporting memoirs, mainly set in England, Wales and the Scottish Highlands. However Stretton had been to the Victorian diggings in the 1850s, and his long final chapter gives a wonderful 60-page reminiscence of a kangaroo hunting expedition outside Melbourne with "King Tom" of the Yarra Yarra tribe in 1852. "Two Days with a Native Chief" is in fact quite a remarkable memoir for its period, showing considerable understanding not only of the skills of the Aboriginal people, but also some knowledge of and sympathy for the hardships endured by them throughout the period of white settlement. It is also a ripping yarn of exotic hunting.
This title is not recorded by Ferguson, though he does note the same author's Memoirs of a chequered life (London, 1862).

not in Ferguson.

Price (AUD): $1,250.00  other currencies     Ref: #2311341

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