Jungle Lore – Jim Corbett (1964)


Jungle Lore – Jim Corbett (1964)


Title: Jungle Lore

Author: Jim Corbett

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1964. Seventh impression.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Good. Very small tears to dust jacket. Endpapers tanned. Slight foxing, mainly to title page and last few pages. 168pp., app 8″x5″.

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From jacket flap:

Colonel Corbett set out to present in this book ‘all I have learnt in a lifetime of jungle lore,’ and readers will learn through its fascinating pages a great deal concerning the means by which the author acquired the expert knowledge and the rare skill which enabled him to undertake with success the many breathless adventures detailed in his other books. Jungle Lore is in part autobiographical, for it includes stories and episodes from the days of his youth, when he was taking his first steps along paths that led him to a unique comprehension of the ways of jungle creatures and thus qualified him to free thousands of Indian men and women from terrorization by man-eaters. But while it tells a number of new stories, Jungle Lore has the character of a conducted tour during which Jim Corbett opens his readers’ eyes and ears to the sights and sounds of India’s wild places, in which he himself made friends among the birds and beasts, for he was always deeply concerned with the preservation of all but the few that endanger human lives.

About Jim Corbett (from Wikipedia):

Edward James Corbett CIE VD (25 July 1875 – 19 April 1955) was a British hunter, tracker, naturalist, and author who hunted a number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India. He held the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army and was frequently called upon by the Government of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, now the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, to kill man-eating tigers and leopards that were preying on people in the nearby villages of the Kumaon-Garhwal Regions.

He authored Man-Eaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore, and other books recounting his hunts and experiences, which enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success. He became an avid photographer and spoke out for the need to protect India’s wildlife from extermination.

During his life Corbett tracked and shot a number of leopards and Tigers; about a dozen were well documented Man-eaters. Corbett provided estimates of human casualties in his books, including Man-Eaters of Kumaon, The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, and The Temple Tiger, and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon. Calculating the totals from these accounts, these big cats had killed more than 1,200 men, women, and children, according to Corbett. There are some discrepancies in the official human death tolls that the British and Indian governments have on record and Corbett’s estimates.