Bush-Whacking and Other Sketches

By: Clifford, Hugh

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Bubbling and lifting to cloth on boards. 10mm chip to cloth at head of rear joint, 15mm tear at tail of rear joint. Gutter broken at rear hinge. Previous owner's inscription. Bookseller's ticket partly removed from front endpaper. Moderate foxing. Browning to spine. ; First printing. viii, [2], 324 pages + 32 pages advertisements. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, black lettering on front board. Page dimensions: 190 x 125mm. This volume is a substantially different collection to the similarly titled 1929 collection published by William Heinemann: "Bush-whacking and Other Asiatic Tales and Memories". The material common to both collections makes up less than half of each of these two volumes. The common material consists of these 3 stories: (1) "Bush Whacking" or "Bush-Whacking". The body of the text is the same in both volumes, although in the 1929 volume the story is divided into two parts with part-titles - "Part I - Recollections of the Pahang Disturbances of December, 1890 - September, 1891" and "Part II - The Expeditions into the 'Benighted Lands' July to August, 1894, and March to June, 1895". In both volumes the story is in 3 sections, sections 1 and 2 together making up Part I in the 1929 edition. "Bush-Whacking" is in this volume on pages 1-108, and in the 1929 volume on pages 1-134. (2) "Wan Bey, Princess of the Blood". This story is on pages 185-213 in this volume, and in the 1929 volume on pages 159-192. (3) "The Past of the Schooner". This story is on pages 249-270 in this volume, and in the 1929 volume on pages 339-364. There are another 5 stories in this 1901 volume that are not present in the 1929 collection: Father Rouellot (pp.109-140); In the Heart of Kalimantan (pp. 141-184); From Beyond the Bourne (pp. 215-248); Alone: A Story of Very Early Days in Borneo (pp. 271-298); In Chains (pp. 299-324). This 1901 edition also has a 2 page Preface on pages vii-viii, that was not included in the 1929 collection. "This book is designed to introduce to stay-at-home reader a number of obscure people and remote places concenring which little or nothing can be learned from the daily paper [. . .] The only difference between the people of whom I write and those who live around you at home lies in remoteness and in circumstance [. . .] If I have succeeded in conveying a true picture of my friends, in awakening a greater sympathy for them, and so have brought them ever so little nearer to those whose ways are cast in more pleasant places, my justification is complete" - from the Preface. "Though written in the guise of fiction, these stories and memories of the early days of British rule in the Malay States have the ring of truth and are drawn from the author's own experience of the natives of Malay and their jungle home" - from the blurb on a later edition. "It is nearly ten o'clock in the morning, and the glare upon the smooth surface of the water is blinding. On either hand, at a distance of some three hundred yards, the jungle rises in vast tangles of blended greens and blacks, with dim bronze shadows lying upon the stream under the overhanging branches. [. . .] You might think that the whole heat of the universe was concentrated in the gut of that forest-bound reach of river." - page 8. "The launch is still labouring up-stream, with the same freight of tired human beings. It is early morning again a few days later, and the mist is only partially dispelled by the first watery rays of sunshine peeping slantways through the tree-tops on the river's eastern bank. News of battle has come aboard at each halting-place - rumour ["rumours" in the 1929 edition] of a Sikh stockade surprised before the dawn, of violent deaths borne swiftly to sweeping men, of disaster, of failure, of fear, an ever-thickening cloud of inchoate report." - pp. 14-15. Sir Hugh Charles Clifford (1866-1941), was a British colonial administrator in Malaya and other countries. "During his service in Malaya and afterwards he wrote numerous stories, reflections and novels primarily about Malayan life, many of them imbued with an ambivalent nostalgia. His last posting was, for him, a welcome return to the Malaya he loved, as Governor of the Straits Settlements and British High Commissioner in Malaya, where he served from 1927 until 1929" - Wikipedia entry "Hugh Clifford", accessed August 2020]

Title: Bush-Whacking and Other Sketches

Author Name: Clifford, Hugh

Categories: Australian Vintage Paperbacks,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, William Blackwood and Sons: 1901

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 21901