Bush-Whacking & Other Sketches – Hugh Clifford (1901)


Bush-Whacking & Other Sketches – Hugh Clifford (1901)


Title: Bush-Whacking and Other Sketches

Author: Hugh Clifford

Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1901. First edition, second impression.

Condition: Hardcover, good. Some fading to cover and tanning to edges and endpapers. Fraying to spine edges, one or 2 small chips to spine, leaving top of spine slightly exposed. Inscription to ffep. Binding tight, text clean, with very slight foxing.

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A series of sketches by Sir Hugh Clifford on the Malay Archipelago, mostly on his experiences in the wilderness.


  1. Bush-whatcking
  2. Father Rouellot
  3. In The Hear of Kalamantan
  4. Wan Beh, Princess of the Blood
  5. From Beyond the Bourne
  6. The Past of the Schooner
  7. Alone: A Story of Very Early Days in Borneo
  8. In Chains

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Hugh Clifford intended to follow his father, a distinguished colonial general, into the British Army, but later decided to join the civil service in the Straits Settlements, with the assistance of his relative Sir Frederick Weld, the then Governor of the Straits Settlements and also the British High Commissioner in Malaya. He was later transferred to the British Protectorate of the Federated Malay States. Clifford arrived in Malaya in 1883, aged 17.

He first became a cadet in the State of Perak. During his twenty years in Perak, Clifford socialised with the local Malays and studied their language and culture deeply. He served as British Resident at Pahang, 1896–1900 and 1901–1903, and Governor of North Borneo, 1900–1901.

In 1903, he left Malaya to take the post of Colonial Secretary of Trinidad. Later he was appointed Governor of the Gold Coast, 1912–1919, Nigeria, 1919–1925, and Ceylon, 1925–1927. He continued to write stories and novels about Malayan life. His last posting was as Governor of the Straits Settlements and British High Commissioner in Malaya from 1927 until 1930. He wrote Farther India, which chronicles European explorations and discoveries in Southeast Asia.