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NEY ELIAS EXPLORER AND ENVOY EXTRAORINARY IN HIGH ASIA Gerald Morgan 1971 1st edition Hardcover DJ Fine
By Morgan, Gerald
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London, 1971, 1st edition. 294 pp, photos, maps. Hardcover DJ Fine.  DJ is faded on spine.

In his day, as an explorer Ney Elias (1844-1897) ranked with Stanley and Livingstone but Asia, not Africa was his chosen field. His activities covered more of Asia from China to Persia and from Mongolia to Burma than those of any European of his time. Moreover, behind the scenes he played a crucial part in securing India's northern defenses at a time when Russian expansion was thought by many to threaten the Peninsula.
 
He acquired a world reputation and his work was particularly admired and respected. His first exploit was a survey of the unknown new course of the Yellow River. But the expedition which caught and held the public's imagination was his solitary journey of nearly 2,500 miles from Peking through Mongolia and the same distance across Siberia for which he was honored by the Royal Geographical Society in the same year as Stanley was for his rescue of Livingstone.
 
He engaged in two expeditions from Burma and between them spent six lonely years in Ladakh, listening to and reporting on central Asian Politics. Three times he crossed the Karakorum mountains into Chinese Turkestan and on the last continued across the Pamirs into Afghanistan and almost to Persia. The journey was secret, lasted eighteen months and only the barest outlines became known. It's political results were of great significance. This book written by his nephew lifts the veil not only on Elias' mysterious life but also on hitherto unpublished events concerning the defense of India. Hardcover, DJ, VG-Near Fine.

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