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KASHMIR Francis Younghusband 1924 2nd UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Younghusband, Francis, Painted by Edward Molyneux
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London, 1924, 2nd UK edition. 238 pp, 32 color illustrations, sketch map. Original blue blind stamped hardcover with gilt text on faded spine. Near Fine condition.

Scenery, seasons, travel, Srinagar, Valleys and places of interest, sport, people, history, products, peaks, mountain ranges and the story of the mountains.  Well illustrated account of the sights & sounds of Kashmir. Younghusband describes the scenery, hunting & inhabitants of this remote area of Northern India. Younghusband [18631942] was an Explorer, who explored Manchuria in 1886. The following year he journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass at 19,000 ft in the Karakorum. Lord Curzon, the British viceroy in India, sent Younghusband with a military expedition into Tibet in 1904, where he forced a treaty upon the Dalai Lama, opening Tibet to Western trade
 
'Bernier, the first European to enter Kashmir, writing in 1665, said: 'In truth, the Kingdom surpasses in beauty all that my warmest imagination had anticipated.' The book is not about the entire Kashmir state, which includes many outlying provinces, but about Kashmir proper. The paintings are a vivid impression of this beauteous state of lakes, gardens and snow-clad mountains. It is a fascinating account of the old capital, the Dal Lake, the 'meadow of flowers', the Residency Garden, and an inspiring and passionate history of Kashmir and its people, told by the 'last great imperial adventurer.

'A man of incongruous interests, Sir Francis Younghusband was an imperialist and Indian nationalist, journalist,spy, and philosopher, geographer, travel writer and explorer-all in one. Discoverer of a new overland route from India to China, he had single- handedly masterminded the Tibetan invasion of 1904. His presumed death as a spy in the Pamirs had almost sparked off a war between British India and Tsarist Russia. While alive, Younghusband had authored over thirty published books-all full of life, vigour and variety.

Preface. 1. Scenery and seasons. 2. Travel in Kashmir. 3. Srinagar and neighbourhood. 4. The residency garden. 5. Gulmarg. 6. The valleys and places of interest. 7. Sport. 8. The people. 9. The history of Kashmir. 10. Administration. 11. Products and manufactures. 12. The electrical scheme. 13. The peaks and mountain ranges. 14. The story of the mountains.


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