To Lhasa in Disguise: A Secret Expedition Through Mysterious Tibet

By: McGovern, William Montgomery

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Spine cloth faded. Small stain to corner of rear board. Previous owner's blind-stamp on front endpaper. ; This is a first printing of the UK edition. This UK edition differs from the US edition in several respects. The frontispiece portrait in the UK edition is a fully side-on profile, in the US it is at a slight angle away from being face on. The chapters are divided and titled differently, and there are also differences in the text. For example, page 23 of the UK edition has "Fortune has brought him [. . .]" In the US edition, page 17 "Chance has brought him [. . .]". The UK edition has a 4 page index not present in the US edition. Although the US edition has more pages, it is in a larger font with fewer lines per page. The final paragraphs in both editions are similar, but with different capitalization and punctuation, e.g. the UK edition has "[. . .] of the Sacred City, the far-off and Forbidden Abode of the Gods, to which in the end I had penetrated in spite of every obstacle, and these memories were worth all the terrible hardships which the journey had cost." The US edition has "[. . .] of the Sacred City, the far-off and forbidden abode of the gods, to which in the end I had penetrated in spite of every obstacle; and these memories were worth all the terrible hardships which the journey had cost." The US first edition from Century has more illustrations than the UK edition (the US Grosset & Dunlap reprint edition has fewer illustrations than the UK edition, but the same text as the Century edition.) Enthusiastic collectors may wish to have both US and UK first editions. William Montgomery McGovern (1897-1964) himself was an American, but gained his D. Phil from Christ Church, Oxford in 1922, and became a lecturer in Chinese and Japanese at the School of Oriental Studies, University of London. In 1929 McGovern became a Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, Illinois. 352 pages + frontispiece + 22 illustrations on 15 plate leaves. 4 small in-text maps. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 220 x 146mm. Contents: Tibet And The Tibetans; The First Attempt; British Influence in Sikkim; On the Trade-Route; Gyantse: A British Outpost; Preparations for the New Attempt; From Jungle to Glacier; Trapped in the Passes; "Victory to the Gods!"; The Disguise Tested; Provincial Government; Life on the Plains; On to Shigatse; The Road of Enchantment; Shigatse Onward; Along the Brahmaputra; Gossip and Customs; Into the Lion's Mouth; Running the Gauntlet; The Goal in Sight; Exposed!; The Strong Man of Tibet; Before the City Magistrates; Secret Meeting with Dalai Lama; Modernising Lhasa. [References: "Our Very Own Indiana Jones" www.northwestern.edu/magazine/spring2010/feature/williammcgovern.html, accessed August 2020; Wikipedia entry on William Montgomery McGovern, accessed August 2020.] ; 8vo

Title: To Lhasa in Disguise: A Secret Expedition Through Mysterious Tibet

Author Name: McGovern, William Montgomery

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Thornton Butterworth: (1924)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 19913

Keywords: Tibet Travel Exploration 20th Century