Item description for Blue Tiger by Harry R. Caldwell...
Harry R. Caldwell was a Methodist missionary to southern China. In Blue Tiger, first published in 1924, he wrote about several of his adventures in that country. An avid hunter and amateur naturalist, he noted the challenges of hunting big-game like serow, big-horn, wapiti, boar, and tiger. He described how hunting man-killing tigers paved the way for effective mission work, and spent several chapters discussing the political landmines of trying to affect peace between soldiers and bandits in an effort to spare villagers caught between the fighting. Of particular interest, Caldwell described a fascinating creature, a blue-morph tiger, that he attempted to capture for science. This non-facsimile reprint includes an additional appendix has been added, in which Roy Chapman Andrews described the hunt for the blue tiger.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Apr 18, 2007
Publisher Coachwhip Publications
ISBN 1930585381 ISBN13 9781930585386
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a rare book by a childhood friend of mine Mar 12, 2008
I am amazed and pleased this book is back in print. As a child our neighbors the Caldwell family, including my mom's best friend, were an impressive group of ex missionaries, scholars and writers, of whom the patron was the 80 year old Harry Caldwell. He had been a lifelong naturalist (over 100,000 exhibits in the Smithsonian, birds nests, eggs, wild animals, etc...), tiger hunter, world record holder for big horn sheep kill, and diplomat in old pre Mao China.
I still remember the time I invited him to my 8th grade camping trip. The first thing my teacher said was he didn't realize my friend, then 80+, was so old, then everyone was quickly amazed that he out walked us, plus knew the name of literally every plant, butterfly, insect, ,,,that we passed in our walk. His hand illustrated book on the butterflies of China is still unpublished to my knowledge because of expense of reproducing hand painted water color illustrations.
We ate at their home, visited with Chinese students from Borneo (now Malaysia), and listened to stories of shooting tigers, (once with only a 22!), and Kodiac bears. Harry confided that the world famous Roy Chapman Andrews who wrote the preface and appendix in this edition, had actually wet himself in the blind when they were stalking a dangerous animal. Harry himself only says in his book, about the time when he ran out of bullets while surrounded by tigers, "I have never again felt quite the way I did then."
If you want a taste of the old China of the early 20th century, through the eyes of someone who thought small town US life then was too worldly, take a look. As I recall, the writing is not great, but the story is unparalleled. This a China that even today's Chinese citizens likely do not know.