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big game hunting in Vietnam

January 8, 2017

Hanoi Ink

On my recent visit to Quang Huy bookshop in Ho Chi Minh City I came across a copy of the book Chasses et Faune D’Indochine (Hunting and Wildlife of Indochina) by Henri de Monestrol, published in Saigon by A. Portail in 1952.

According to the inscription, Henri de Monestrol was a hunter in the service of H.M. Bảo Đại, the last emperor of Vietnam. His title is given as Lieutenant louveterie, an old official French title for those responsible for wild animals, which was originally conferred on wolf hunters. Henri de Monestrol dedicated the book to Emperor Bảo Đại.

The book runs to 356 pages. It is quite possibly an expanded version of earlier works by the same author that were published under the same title by the Imprimerie d’Extreme Orient in Hanoi in 1925 (167 pages) and 1931 (132 pages).

The first part of the book covers general…

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