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Title:Diary of a Pedestrian in Cashmere and Thibet
Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: London Richard Bentley 1863
Seller ID: 19162
Cloth worn with tears at head of spine, some loss to cloth at corners of boards. Gilt on spine and front board faded. Hinges broken. Joints weak. Half-title and frontispiece lacking, facsimile copies tipped-in. Bookseller's ticket on rear endpaper "Vernon Howard - Mountaineering Books - California, USA". Some foxing.; Variant state with only 44 rather than 45 illustrations listed in the printed list of "Illustrations" on pages (xv-xvi). The omitted illustration is the portion of a Tibetan Praying Wheel, which in the other variant is illustration number 11 of 45. The present state of the "Illustrations" leaf has illustration 11 as "Seventh Bridge, Sirinugger" (this illustration is number 12 in the other state), and renumbers the remaining illustrations up to the final number 44. (iii)- xvi, 385 pages + 15 plates (7 tinted), lacking half-title and frontispiece. Title vignette + 27 in-text illustrations. Original dark purple-brown pebble grain cloth boards, with gilt stupa illustration on spine, gilt circular illustration with Tibetan letters on front board. Page dimensions: 222 x 140mm. Title page printed in red and black. Original brown coated endpapers. "With the fullest sense of the responsibility incurred by the addition of another volume to the countless numbers already existing, and daily appearing in the world, the following Diary has been committed to the press, trusting that, as it was not written with intent to publication, the unpremeditated nature of the offence may be its extenuation, and that as a faithful picture of travel in regions where excurstion trains are still unknown, and Travellers' Guides unpublished, the book may not be found altogether devoid of interest or amusement. " - from the author's preface. Contents: Preface; Introduction; The Pleasures of the Plains; Cashmere; A Halt in the Valley; Little Thibet; Ladak and the Monastery of Hemis; A Retreat to the Valley; Last Days of Travel; The Religions of Cashmere and Thibet; The Temples of Cashmere; The Mystic Sentence of Thibet; A Sketch of the History of Thibet. Illustrations: Ladak; View in Sirinugger; Solomon's Throne; Hurree Purbut; Martund; Pandreton; Lamieroo; Road to Egnemo; Rajah's Palace, Ladak; Monastery of Hemis; Seventh Bridge, Sirinugger; Hindoo Temple in the Himalayas; Gunesh; Birth of Krishna; Temple Decoration, Himalayas; Ancient Jain Temple; Chubootra, or Resting-Place in the Himalayas; The Head of Affairs; An Unpropitious Moment; Kismut; Crossing the Sutlej; A Halting-Place in Cashmere; Latticed Window, Sirinugger; Sacred Tank, Islamabad; Painting versus Poetry; Love-Lighted Eyes; Vernagh; Cashmerian Temple Sculpture; Patrun; Roadside Monument, Thibet; Road to Moulwee; Rock Sculpture; Thibetian Monument; Natives and Lama; Thibetian Religious Literature; Inscribed Stones; Inscribed Stones; Monument at Hemis; Painted Stone; Buddha; Snow Bridge; Kangree; Ancient Hindoo Temple; Fukeer of Solomon's Throne. [References: Yakushi K104; Hopkirk 204.] The 7 tinted lithographs are those facing pages 84, 108, 122, 182, 306, 318, and 336 (also the frontispiece is a tinted lithograph, which is lacking in this copy, but a facsimile copy has been tipped-in). This variant does not have, or call for, the Tibetan Prayer fragment.