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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries - Jean-Baptiste Du Halde

1738-1741 - Printed by T. Gardner...for Edward Cave, London - First folio edition in English.
Two large folio volumes in contemporary bindings. One of the most celebrated of all 18th century works on China, illustrated with 65 engraved plates, including D’Anville’s exceptional maps (42 large folding maps most engraved by Bowen), nine town-plans, and 13 full-page plates depicting dress, customs and ceremonies. With exquisitely engraved headpieces and initial letters. 
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Tibetan Trek - with - Salween - Ronald Kaulback

1934 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Edition, Second State (paper jacket)
‘An explorer in the old-fashioned mould of buccaneering Englishmen who roamed the blank spaces of the map’ – The Times.

Two first editions of Kaulback’s acclaimed accounts of travel and adventure in Tibet.

‘Ronald Kaulback came down from Cambridge having skilfully avoided reading too many books, or attending too many lectures. He had no very clear idea of what he wanted to do in life, and so tagged on to an expedition led by F. Kingdom-Ward whose introduction to
Tibetan Trek is a wonderful introduction to Kaulback himself’.

Kaulback followed this with an eighteen months' expedition in south eastern Tibet searching for the source of the Salween, the black river of Tibet. With one other Englishman and three faithful (and quite enchanting) natives and a good stock of supplies, he collected specimens of insect life, distributed medical care to the very friendly residents and gives a record of their daily progress. Across 3,000 miles of unexplored territory, there were many oddities to be seen, minor discomforts rather than major calamities, to be endured, and plenty of good anecdotes, which he describes in
Salween.

Both works profusely illustrated with black and white photographs and numerous maps. Both in their rare bright illustrated dust jackets.
 
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Three Years in Tibet - The Shramana Ekai Kawaguchi

1909 - The Theosophist Office, Madras - First Edition in English
A fine first edition in English of Japanese monk Ekai Kawaguchi’s fascinating account of his legendary journey through Tibet between 1987 and 1903. Earnestly seeking the origins of Buddhism, Kawaguchi spent several months in Darjeeling learning the Tibetan language, before this travels took him along the Kali Gandaki River in Nepal, and past the northern side of Dhaulagiri and into Tibet. Disguised at times as a native Tibetan or as a local Chinese doctor, he eventually entered the forbidden city of Lhasa in 1901, where he would spend a year’s residence and have an audience with the Dalai Lama.

Profusely illustrated throughout with ten full page photogravure plates and one folding photogravure of Mount Gaurishankara at rear, together with numerous Japanese illustrations by the author and a folding sketch map with the author’s route marked in colour.
 
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The Game Animals of India, Burma, Malaya, and Tibet. - R. Lydekker, J. G. Dollman

1924 - Rowland Ward, London - Second and Best Edition Revised by J. G. Dollman
The definitive work on the big game species of South Asia, Lydekker describes in detail the natural history and habitat of game types. He also includes numerous sporting vignettes and observations culled from the writings of sportsmen of the era.

Nine full page plates, four folding plates, and fifty seven text illustrations many full page.
 
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Moved On! From Kashgar to Kashmir - P. S. Nazaroff, Malcolm Burr (translator),

1935 - George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London - First Edition
A fine copy, of this fabulous work by the man who continued the post war Great Game, a book described by Peter Hopkirk as ‘a brilliant mixture of adventure and observation’. From the library of James Hurley, member of the first team to attempt K12 in the Karkoram, after training with Eric Shipton.

In the scarce dust jacket, and illustrated with 33 black and white photographs, mostly by his friend Clarmont Skrine, the British consul-general in Kashgar, and a folding route map.

Paul (Pavel) Stepanovich Nazaroff (1890-1942), a Russian geologist and writer, was caught up in the Russian Revolution, and became the leader of a plot to overthrow Bolshevik rule in Central Asia. The first half of this book describe’s Nazaroff’s four years in Kashgar amongst the Sarts and Chinese and the second part is the story of his harrowing escapes and journey through the Karakorams.
 
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The Great Plateau - Captain C. G. Rawling

1905 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
First Edition of Rawling’s important account of his unofficial and official surveys through Tibet, illustrated with 57 photographs (on 32 plates) and two folding maps.

‘In 1903 Rawling explored the Zoji La, Leh, Chang Chemmo, Lanak La with Hargreaves and Ram Singh. Then he explored and surveyed, with C. H. D. Ryder, from Lhasa to Simla by the valley of the Brahmaputra and Lake Manasaro-war, as a detachment of the Younghusband Tibet Mission in 1904’.

In addition to taking part in a survey that established Everest as the highest mountain in the world, Rawling would have also been the first man to attempt a climb of the North Face of Everest if his senior officers had allowed!
 
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Mountain Monarchs : Wild Sheep & Goats of the Himalayas - George B. Schaller

1977 - University of Chicago Press, Chicago - First Edition
The first detailed behavioural study of mountain ungulates in a little studied region - the Himalaya. Illustrated. Unusual in this fine condition.

In 1968, the intrepid George Schaller began a three year study in the vast mountainous and forested regions of Central and Southern Asia, focusing his research on six species of wild sheep and goat – Punjab urial, Persian wild goat, markhor, Himalayan tahr, Nilgiri tahr, and bharal, or blue sheep. The result was this book: the first illustrated and detailed behavioural study of mountain ungulates in the Himalayas.
 
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