The Pamirs; being A Narrative of a Year's Expedition on Horseback and on Foot through Kashmir, Western Tibet, Chinese Tartary, and Russian Central Asia

By: Dunmore, the Earl of

Price: NZ$478.50

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Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket


This set lacks the folding map in Volume One, but is otherwise complete. However, a second copy of Volume One will also be included. This second copy of Volume One is also the 1893 stated "Second Edition". It is also an ex-library copy with faults (front free endpaper pasted down to front pastedown endpaper, inner margin of frontispiece glued to inner margin of title page, dampstains to spine and front board), but it does have the folding map at the rear. The folding map has no library markings, but does have a couple of 1/2" tears to the blank margins, and some minor foxing). This makes three volumes in total, with two copies of Volume One. Volume One: xx, 360 pages + frontispiece + plates. Ex-library, with rubber stamps of the "Scarborough Mechanics' Institute". No other library markings. Top corner of front board bumped. Rear inner hinge split. Volume Two: x, [2], 352 pages + frontispiece + plates + 2 folding maps at rear. Bookseller's label mostly removed from front board. Volume One (second copy of): Principal faults described above. Ex-library "Lawson Mechanics Institute". All three volumes stated "Second Edition", 1893. The text includes some notes on the Tibetan culture, the Tibetan Buddhist religion and the Gelugpa sect. The illustrations include Tibetan buddhist Chortens near, Leh, Ladakh, an area visited by the author. "May 31st - Bought six more ponies at an average of 43 rs. each. I had about twenty to choose from, but they were mostly too small"- Volume 1, page 107. "From there we were taken into the Chhos Khang, or sacred room, sometimes called the book-room, as the Buddhist holy books are all kept there. This room would answer to a chapel in any Christian monastery, for it is in here they assemble to read their Scriptures, and more often the writings of some Lama than the words of Buddha. In the centre of this room was a gaudily painted throne, on which sits the incarnation, and on his right is another highly decorated pedastal, on which sits a gilded image of Buddha"- Volume 1, page 133-134. "The whole configuration of the country has undergone a complete change since we crossed the Karakoram pass. Instead of being shut into nullahs and gorges and deep gullies, and walled in by the precipitous rocks of giant snow-clad mountains, we are now in an open country of vast plains and distant hills and the temperature has altered with the scenery"- Volume One, page 209. ; 8vo

Title: The Pamirs; being A Narrative of a Year's Expedition on Horseback and on Foot through Kashmir, Western Tibet, Chinese Tartary, and Russian Central Asia

Author Name: Dunmore, the Earl of

Categories: Other,

Publisher: London, John Murray: 1893

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 13990