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TO LHASA IN DISGUISE: A SECRET EXPEDITION THROUGH MYSTERIOUS TIBET William McGovern. 1924 1st ed No DJ Ex Lib VG
By McGovern, William
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New York, 1924, 1st Edition. 462 pp, maps. In the preface the author states, ''I had intended to write a somewhat technical volume dealing with the scientific results of my journey through Tibet with special reference to anthropology, both physical and social, omitting all matters of merely personal reference, but you have persuaded me that you and perhaps some of others would be interested in reading a plain account of some of the personal experiences which my secret expedition to Tibet entailed.'' Ex Lib. Original green cloth hardcover, no dust jacket, Very Good.

For many years Tibet has been the mysterious unknown country, and Lhasa, its capital, has been the Forbidden City of the Buddhas, into which entrance by many adventurous explorers has been sought in vain. The author, a bold anthropologist, in the early 1920s at first failed and at last succeeded, by dint of disguising himself as a Tibetan coolie, in reaching Lhasa, in observing the Tibetan way of life at close hand and in securing numerous priceless Tibetan manuscripts.
 
In the early 1920s the author went to Tibet with mysterious expeditions, soon after the country had regained its independence from China. He examines the diplomatic, political, military and economic situation in the little-known country at a time whan it was undergoing considerable change. He secretly met the Dalai Lama. McGovern was the first American ever to see Lhasa.
 
Contents: 1 Tibet and the Tibetans, 2 The First Attempt: The Journey to Gyangtse, 3 Preparations for the New Attempt: The Journey Through Sikkim, 4 Trapped in the Passes, 5 First Days in Tibet, 6 We Join A Tibetan Caravan, 7 Shigatse and Beyond, 8 Through the Rong Gorge, 9 on the Last-But Suspected, 10 The Last Fifty Miles, 11 The Goal Achieved-We Arrive in Lhasa, 12 Life in the Forbidden City, 13 A Prisoner of State, 14 Last Days in Lhasa and the Return to India.

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