The Rifle and the Hound in Ceylon

This is Baker's first published work, and it is extremely rare.

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

This copy of the first edition with ads dated September 1854 is for sale - $325