Sale 16BP02 | Lot 57

[PHOTOGRAPHY] FORSYTH, THOMAS DOUGLAS. Report of a Mission to Yarkund in 1873 ... with Historical and Geographical Information regarding the Possessions of the Ameer of Yarkund.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs
[PHOTOGRAPHY]  FORSYTH, THOMAS DOUGLAS. Report of a Mission to Yarkund in 1873 ... with Historical and Geographical Information regarding the Possessions of the Ameer of Yarkund.

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Lot 57
[PHOTOGRAPHY] FORSYTH, THOMAS DOUGLAS. Report of a Mission to Yarkund in 1873 ... with Historical and Geographical Information...
Calcutta: Foreign Department Press, 1875. First edition, likely a second issue. Original cloth. 10 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches (28 x 21.5 cm); large folding map (hand-colored in outline) in pocket at front, 3 inserted maps, and 45 mounted photographs (see note). Explorers Club bookplate to pastedown and blindstamp to title and elsewhere, upper cover detached and cloth spine separated from text block, ink numerals to contents leaf, a few chips to brittle leaves.
This report of the official British mission to Yarkund was one of the earliest works of this nature to be photographically recorded. This is likely a second issue, containing only the 45 photographs listed in the plate list and not 102 as in other copies, the presumption being that the supply of the additional photographs had been exhausted. We trace one copy sold with 45 plates (Bloomsbury, 20 April 2001, lot 201), and the catalogue for that sale reported the that the London Library and one British Library copy also only contain 45 photographs. This copy does contain the large folding map, not present in all copies.


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Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Sold for $2,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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