The Life of a Bear 1896 Eardley-Wilmot YA Fiction ~ an Alpine Bear's Adventures in Freedom & Captivity ~ Animal Welfare


Title: The Life of a Bear: His Birth, Education, and Adventures

Author: anonymous [Sir Sainthill Eardley-Wilmot]
Illustrator: Auguste Andre Lancon

Description: Original blue cloth boards with front cover and spine decoratively stamped in gilt and ivory. Cloth heavily rubbed at extremities. Interior is unmarked; some foxing, minor soiling. Printing of 1896, ''Sixth Thousand.'' 24 plates, complete: illustrations by Auguste Andre Lancon (engraved by Adolphe Francois Pannemaker). 226 pages. 19.5 x 13.5 cm.

Juvenile fiction. An account of the life and times of a bear named Martin, tracing his days and adventures, his joys and misfortunes, and telling of his many friends as his experiences with his tormentors. The first half of the book tells of Martin's life of freedom, from the days of his birth in wilds of the Alps. But Martin is caught by bear hunters, and the story reveals his shifting fortunes, including a period of bleak, muzzled days as a captive traveling show-bear, and finally on to his escape and pleasant golden years in a well appointed zoo.

The author, Sir Sainthill Eardley-Wilmot (1852-1929), was a British civil servant, forestry officer, and conservationist who worked primarily in India and Burma. He was also the author of The Life of an Elephant (1875) and The Life of a Tiger (1911).

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: Seeley and Co.
Place: London
Year: 1896

Keywords: Auguste Andre Lancon, bears, captivity, animal welfare, juvenile, fiction,

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