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MOUNTAINS OF HEAVEN TRAVELS IN THE TIAN SHAN MOUNTAINS 1913 Charles Howard-Bury 1990 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Howard-Bury, Charles and Marian Keaney (Editor)
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London, 1990, 1st UK edition. 176 pp, 19 photos. Grey cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Fine.

Howard-Bury, who was later to lead the first Everest expedition of 1921, led this early exploratory expedition to the Tian Shan in 1913.
 
Half comprised of Charles Howard-Bury's own edited version of his travel journals, with the remainder of the editing carried out by Marian Keane. Charles Howard-Bury comes across as an explorer-adventurer but one who is interested in the people, culture and wild life of the region; particularly the huntin', shootin' and fishin' opportunities on offer.

His outbound journey took him from London to Russian Omsk, on a 'cruise' along the river Irtish to Semipalatinsk and via the post roads of Siberia and the steppe, crossing from the Russian side to the Chinese side of the Tian Shan. He returned to London by way of Russian Turkestan and the Silk Road, taking in Tashkent, Samarkand (fascinating accounts of the Registan, Bibi Khanum mosque and Shah Zinda mausoleum) and Bokhara before crossing the Caspian, the Caucasus and finally the Black Sea before taking the train home from Constantinople.

He's in Central Asia at a tipping point. The British Empire is still going strong to the south, the pre-revolutionary Russian Tsars have expanded into the 'Stans of Central Asia and the nomadic Kazakh and Kyrgyz inhabitants of the steppe are shifting eastwards, into modern day Xinjiang only a year after the demise of the Qing dynasty and the province acceding in name to the Republic of China.

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