This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 Excerpt: ...varying in shade on different parts of the body, and tending almost to white in old buck The legs are dark colored, and the faces of very old males are nearly black. The muzzle is very curious; instead of being fine and compressed, as is the case with most deer and antelope, it is considerably enlarged and puffy-looking; so much so, that properly stuffed heads are generally supposed by persons unacquainted with the animal, to be failures of the taxidermist. The horns are perhaps the most graceful of those of any antelope: set close together at the base they diverge in an easy curve for about two-thirds of their length, and then converging more abruptly, approach each other, in some specimens, within three or four inches at the tips. Out of twenty-five that I have shot, none were above twenty-four and a half inches in length, but considerably longer specimens are to be obtained, and I have heard of a pair twenty-eight and a half inches. The horns are jet black, of very fine grain, with a small central core; and being deeply notched on their anterior surface, they form perfect knife-handles and sword-hilts. When seen in profile, the forward inclination of the horns has a curious effect, the two appearing like a single horn; which has given rise to the belief that the Thibetan Antelope is the Tchiru or Unicorn Antelope mentioned by the Abbe' Hue. Mr. Wilson, however, was inclined to believe in the existence of a real Unicorn, and when I have made inquiries from the Tartars in some of the more remote parts of Thibet which I have visited, I have almost always been informed that such an animal existed; so I think it is still possible that the long supposed fabulous supporter of the Royal Arms may be discovered to be a reality. The female of this Antelope has no h...