DIARY OF A JOURNEY THROUGH MONGOLIA AND TIBET

IN 1891 AND 1892

BY WILLIAM WOODVILLE ROCKHILL

1894 FIRST EDITION

CLASSIC OF EXPLORATION IN TIBET

SCARCE


This is the first printing of the first edition of DIARY OF A JOURNEY THROUGH MONGOLIA AND TIBET IN 1891 AND 1892 by William Woodville Rockhill. This book was published in 1894 by The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The book measures 25cm tall x 16cm, and has 413 pages, 27 b/w photo plates, 13 illustrations, large folding map (55cm x 60cm), 5 appendices, index. Authorís second expedition through Tibet, a journey from NE to SW, written in diary form but intentionally as narrative. Rockhill was one of the best of the explorers for this period, very observant & astute, a fully engaged scholar. This book is very uncommon, especially in the publisher's hardcover binding (many copies were issued by the publisher only in wrappers).

CONDITION: Original green cloth, gilt lettering spine, gilt Tibetan decoration of a wheel on front cover & decoration of a flame on rear cover. The book has fading at the corner tips, very tip (2mm) rubbed through cloth on one corner, covers clean and not faded, tiny pin holes through title page and the following 4 sheets (these were made by somebody stabbing a needle into the book; they are definitely not due to insect or chemical action; they are the diameter of the tip of a standard size sewing needle), solid binding, no foxing, very slight age-browning to pages, previous owner bookplate (NOT ex-library) on front pastedown, no other previous owner marks or writing on any pages, generally a nice example of an increasingly scarce book Price: $925.


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