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GORDON, Antoinette K.
New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharal Publishers, 1978.
First Indian edition, a photo reprint of the the 2nd edition, revised, of 1958 (first edition was Columbia University Press, 1939). Quarto, brown cloth. (xxxii), 131, (3) pp. Colour frontispiece and one other colour plate inserted, many black & white photos in text. Front cover a bit bowed, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has short tears, tiny chps to spine tips; light soiling to rear panel; VG otherwise. An important book on the subject. The second edition added 31 "thang-kas" to the text of the first edition. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$35.00                          Book Number: 9104                          Order / Enquire

HUC, (M.) [Evariste Regis Huc, 1813-60].
SOUVENIRS D'UN VOYAGE DANS LA TARTARIE, LE THIBET ET LA CHINE Pendant les annees 1844, 1845 et 1846. Deuxième édition
Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1853.
Second edition. Two volumes, 12mo. pp 440; (iv), 318. Folding map at front of volume I. Half titles present. Bound in contemporary (publishers?) full marbled sheep, spines with two red labels and gilt decoration, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers. Shallow chips at spine ends; some rubbing and a bit of peeling to the patterned surface; cracked joints of volume II neatly repaired; ink owner name in top margin of each title page; 8 cm closed tear to right hand side of map neatly repaired on blank side with clear archival paper tape (no paper loss); bit of flaking to gilt spine ornamentation; cracked inner hinges skillfully repaired with rice paper; else a VG pair, sound in the bindings; text quite clean and unworn. Huc was a French Lazarist missionary who went out to China in 1839. He stayed in Macao 18 months, then made his way to Peking and eventually to He Shuy, just inside the Mogolian border, where he devoted himself to learning the language and customs of the Tartars. At the urging of the vicar apostolic of Mongolia, he set out on an expedition to Tibet in 1844. After much suffering and crossing the punishing Ordos Desert, his party reached the Tibet border in Jan., 1845, where he stayed for a few months at the famous Kunbum Lamasery where he studied Tibetan and Buddhism. The party eventually reached Lhasa 19 Jan., 1846, but Chinese authorities ordered him to Canton in Oct., 1846, where he remained for nearly 3 years before returning to Europe in shattered health in 1852. The present book was famous in its day and was translated into English by William Hazlitt in 1851. "[Huc's] works are written in a lucid, racy, picturesque style, which secured for them an unusual degree of popularity. The SOUVENIRS is a narrative of a remarkable feat of travel, and contains passages of so singular a character as in the absence of corroborative testimony to stir up a feeling of incredulity. That Huc was suspected unjustly was amply proved by later research. But he was by no means a practical geographer, and the record of his travels loses greatly in value from the want of precise scientific data." - EB, 11th edition. This second edition was re-set, but with few textual changes from the 1850 first edition.
$150.00                          Book Number: 44115                          Order / Enquire

Landon, Perceval
The Opening of Tibet. An Account of Lhasa and the Country and People of Central Tibet and of the Progress of the Mission Sent There by the English Government in the Year 1903-4. With an Introduction by Francis Younghusband.
New York: Doubleday, Page, 1905.
Dark green stamped in blind, spine gilt lettered, top edges gilt, title page in red & black. pp (xvi), 484, (1, ad), [3] + mounted colour frontispiece with tissue guard and numerous b&w photos. Mild wear to spine tips and outer corners, short tear at bottom of title leaf neatly mended; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; else a VG clean, bright and tight copy, no owner names. Landon was the Special Correspondent of "The Times" who went with Younghusband's British military operation to open Tibet to British and Indian trade. An important Tibet book. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$125.00                          Book Number: 30108                          Order / Enquire

RAWLING, C.G., Captain (Cecil Godfrey Rawling, 1870-1917)
THE GREAT PLATEAU: being an account of exploration in central Tibet, 1903, and of the Gartok Expedition, 1904-1905
London: Edward Arnold, 1905.
Blue pictorial cloth stamped in gilt. pp xii, 324, 16 (Dec. 1905 catalogue) + frontispiece with tissue guard and 31 other plates containing 56 photos. Spine very lightly darkened; ink private owner name and armorial bookplate at front; page edges yellowed, else a fine, bright & tight copy. >>> Brigadier-General Cecil Godfrey Rawling, CMG, CIE, DSO, FRGS...was a British soldier, explorer and author whose expeditions to Tibet and Dutch New Guinea brought acclaim from the Royal Geographic Society and awards from the Dutch and Indian governments. He published two books detailing his experiences and served in the British Army on the North-West Frontier of India and in France during the First World War. It was during this latter service that he was killed in action aged 47 during the Battle of Passchendaele....In 1903 he reentered Tibet to begin a professional survey although without official sanction, and in the following year Captain Rawling was attached to the British expedition to Tibet, charged with exploring and surveying the mountainous terrain. During the diplomatic expedition and the campaign which followed it, Rawling surveyed over 40,000 square miles (100,000 km2) of Tibet in addition to his military duties. His team even explored the foothills of Everest and included parts of the mountain in his survey, establishing it as the highest mountain in the Himalayas. It is said that had his seniors on the expedition not forbidden it, he would have become the first white man to attempt to climb the mountain from the north face. He was also the first person to successfully identify the source of the river Brahmaputra after a lengthy and hazardous journey across the war zone. Upon his return to England, Rawling received numerous accolades, including a CIE from the Indian government and in 1909 was awarded the Murchison Bequest of the Royal Geographic Society in London, of which he was a fellow." - Wikipedia. A nice copy of an important book. 1.5 kg
$850.00                          Book Number: 47714                          Order / Enquire

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