To Lhasa in Disguise - A Secret Expedition Through Mysterious Tibet

By: McGovern, William Montgomery

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Spine cloth worn, with tears along joints and across face of spine. 12mm chip to cloth in middle of front joint. 6mm missing to cloth at head and tail of spine. Rear hinge broken, with cloth tape over the split gutter. Internally very good. Age toning to paper. ; This copy inscribed by the author to Lillian & Leo Nicholson, "in memory of many pleasant evenings spent together". Also loosely included is a typed letter signed from William M. McGovern to Leo [Nicholson], dated June 13, 1950. "Now that the nomination for Congress is settled, I would like to address this letter of thanks to you, as one of my loyal supporters [. . .] The Republican Party has an exremely difficult fight in Illinois this November." Autograph note below the signature, "Hope to see you all soon." First US edition. xiv, 462 pages + frontispiece + 65 illustrations (including 1 small map) on 18 plate leaves. 2 small in-text maps. Blue cloth boards with gilt and white illustrations on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 222 x 149mm. Contents: Tibet and the Tibetans; The First Attempt: The Journey To Gyangtse; Preparations for the New Attempt: The Journey Through Sikkim; Trapped in the Passes; First Days in Tibet; We Join a Tibetan Caravan; Shigatse and Beyond; Through the Rong Gorge; On the Last Lap - But Suspected; The Last Fifty Miles; The Goal Achieved - We Arrive in Lhasa; Life in the Forbidden City; A Prisoner of State; Last Days in Lhasa and the Return To India. This US edition differs from the UK 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: 224 x 148mm. 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 ; Signed by Author

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

Author Name: McGovern, William Montgomery

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, The Century Company: (1924)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 21844

Keywords: Tibet Travel Exploration 20th Century