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Auction #116 begins on 11 Jul 2024

N. Baikov

Big Game Hunting in Manchuria

Published: Hutchinson & Co., London, 1936

Edition: First English

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Adapted from the Russian by Serge Ivanoff and Gertrude Mack.  With 17 illustrations. 281 pages and index at rear.

Nikolai Apollonovich Baikov (1872-1958) was a guard on a railway line before becoming a naturalist and explorer. He published an essay about the Manchurian tiger which he believed was a separate tiger subspecies, Felis tigris manchurica. Taxonomists have since refuted this, claiming he was writing about the Siberian tiger or Amur tiger, Panthera tigris altaica.

The author calculated that roughly a hundred tigers were being taken out of greater Manchuria annually - virtually all of them bound for the Chinese market. There were cases in the mating season, "he wrote, "when a courageous hunter would meet a group of five or six tigers, and kill them one by one, where he stood."

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