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THE MYSTERY RIVERS OF TIBET Frank Kingdon-Ward 1923 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Fine
By Kingdon-Ward, Frank
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Full title: The Mystery Rivers of Tibet: A Description of the Little-Known Land Where Asia's Mightiest Rivers Gallop in Harness Through the Narrow Gateway of Tibet, Its Peoples, Fauna, & Flora

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1923, 1st ed. 316 pp, 22 photos, 3 maps, 1 fold-out map. Printed in England an identical to the Seeley Service edition. A classic of Himalayan exploration. Original yellow cloth binding with black lettering. Binding is tight, cover is bright with slightest soiling, no edge wear, internally fine with no writing, foxing or stains. Hardcover. No dust jacket. A clean and Fine copy. 

Frank Kingdon-Ward was one of the greatest explorers of the early part of this century and, perhaps, the most famous plant hunter of all times. Frank Kingdon-Ward traveled extensively in Burma, China and Tibet. He introduced numerous plants to western gardens including the Tibetan poppy and rhododendrons. This is a detailed description of the area with much on the geography, the people, and the plants he found, including over 220 new species. This is one of his scarcest and most sought after books.

Of the three great Asiatic rivers Yangtze (Kin-Sha), Salween & Mekong mentioned in the text nothing is known of their proportionate discharges in their upper courses, but where the three flow parallel to one another, the Yangtze is about twice as big as the Mekong. All three rivers rise far up on the great frozen plateau or north-central Tibet, known as the Chang Tang averaging 17,000 feet above sea-level known as the Tang-la. There is evidence to show that the Himalayan mountain system formerly extended eastwards far into China; and that it was broken through, possibly by earth movements.
 


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