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TRANS-HIMALAYA: DISCOVERIES AND ADVENTURES IN TIBET Two Volumes Sven Hedin 1909 Hardcover Fine
By Hedin, Sven
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London, Macmillan's Colonial Library, 1909. Vol. 1 - 453 pp, Vol. 2 - 455, in 2 volumes both with blind stamped decoration to the top left of the front panel and gilt titling to the front panel and the spine. There are 4 photographs in each volume and occasional decoration. Both volumes front edges are untrimmed, as are the bottom edges. These 2 volumes were marketed for sale only in India and the British colonies. Small navy cloth hardcovers with gilt decoration and titles. Some age yellowing to page edges and FEPs, but no writing or other marks. Nea Fine, bright condition.

Sven Hedin, 1865-1952, was a Swedish born explorer and geographer who made four major expeditionary trips to Asia at the close of the 19th century and start of the 20th. Each expedition resulted in large and opulent books that were published in several languages, English and German being the most important and common. His works were the go to guides for all the explorers who followed.

Hedin's final Central Asia Expedition. Extensive exploration of the Himalaya and Southern Tibet in 1906-08. He entered Tibet through Srinigar and Leh to Shigatse, and visited Lake Manosarovar. A classic of Central Asian exploration.

An important contribution to the knowledge of Tibet and Central Asia by the distinguished Swedish explorer Sven Hedin. Baker. Hedin devoted his third journey of 1906-8 to the region lying between Shigatse and Leh and to the north of the Brahmaputra. He produced maps of the area, which had not been previously visited and revealed the existence of a large range of mountains lying parallel to the Himalaya on the Tibetan side. He elucidated many points about the country of the Manasarowar Lakes and filled in a very large blank on the map. He was the last great explorer of Tibet on a large scale.
 
This 2 Volume set embodies Hedin's expansive and most significant Tibetan explorations. With four large color maps, engaging photographic plates, one of which is a large panoramic view, vivid color illustrations of Tibetan nomads, wild fauna and natural wonders, this is a captivating record of intense and memorable pioneering adventure into forbidden lands. Hedin circled round the emptiest quarter of the Himalayas, the Chang-tang Plateau, in an attempt to enter forbidden Tibet from the north, eventually finding himself to be a guest of the Panchen Lama in Shigatse, and surveying ancient gold-bearing regions of the western Himalayas.
 
The highly acclaimed Swedish explorer and geographer, Sven Hedin 1865-1952, travelled widely in Central Asia during several major trips and expeditions. His first major expedition in 1893-1897 was also his third trip to Asia. He attempted to climb Mt. Mustagh Ata, nearly died crossing western Taklamakan Desert, discovered ancient settlements in the desert, studied the region around the 'Wandering Lake,' Lop Nor, and crossed northern Tibet, arriving in Beijing in March 1897.
 
He published a popular two-volume book, Through Asia, and a volume of scientific reports. During his second major expedition to Asia 1899-1902 he continued his studies of the Lop Nor area, explored and mapped in Tibet, but was prevented from reaching Lhasa. On return he was ennobled by King Oscar II, the last Swede to be so honored. He published results of his travels in the two-volume book 'Central Asia and Tibet' and in several volumes of scientific results. In 1906-1908 he crossed Persia, continued to India, and from there entered Tibet despite British opposition. He made detailed observations in Southwest Tibet and made disputed claims to have discovered a previously unknown Transhimalaya range and the sources of the major Indian rivers. Results of the expedition were published in a popular account, 'Transhimalaya', and a decade later a 9-volume collection of scientific results.
 
Lord Curzon, when viceroy of India, had promised Sven Hedin every assistance; however, he resigned for political reasons and his place taken by Lord Minto, who carried out Curzon's undertakings. Lord Kitchener, head of the army in India, also used his influence in helping Hedin achieve his aims in Tibet. On his last major expedition, 1926-1935, he spent significant time in Mongolia and en route to the Tarim Basin, was held captive by the forces of the rebellious Dungan warlord General Ma, and studied the historic shift of Lake Lop Nor back into its former location.

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