The Rifle and the Hound in Ceylon
THE RIFLE AND THE HOUND IN CEYLON is Baker's first published work, and it is extremely rare.
Published in London by Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, all copies of the first edition have a title-page dated 1854, but I have seen different dates on their ads.
The earliest date I have seen is March, 1853
My copy, pictured below, has ads dated March 1854. I have another copy with ads dated September, 1854
The first editions also have 6 color lithographs not found in later editions
The first editions also have black and white illustrations.
The first American edition was not published until 1869, by J.B. Lippincott of Philadelphia.
I do not own the books pictured below, unless noted.
Lippincott 1869 first American edition frontispiece
Lippincott 1869 first American edition title-page
Longmans 1874 New Edition with new illustrations
My 1904 Longmans reprint with the same illustrations as the 1874 New Edition, rebound in full "tree" calf
Lippincott 1883 edition
Longmans New Edition
Below: a copy of the first edition with ads dated September 1854 -for sale at $325
The rear board is separated from the spine and textblock, and the front board is basically separated. Spine cloth has been glued to textblock. This book should probably be recased / otherwise repaired
The color illustration titled "Stalking a herd" is missing, but if you wish, you can print off the image above and insert the resulting facsimile illustration in the book