[TIBET] BOWER, HAMILTON. Diary of a Journey across Tibet.
London: Rivington, Percival and Co., 1894. First published edition (there was a Calcutta edition for official use only of the previous year). Publisher's light blue-green pictorial cloth, dark green endpapers. 8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches (22 x 15.5 cm); xvi, 310 pp., [ii pp. adverts], half-title; folding map, 12 plates and a folding diagram. Some wear and soiling, corner bumped, though a sound copy withal. Bookplate of William Newall; Together with JENKINS, MINNA, (Lady). Sport and Travel in Both Tibets. London: Blades, East and Blades, . First edition. Pictorial purple cloth. 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (27.5 x 18.5 cm); vi, 87,  pp.; with 25 color plates after paintings by Minna Jenkins. Light wear to cover, a fresh copy.
In 1891, Bower and his companion Dr. Thorold were the first Europeans to cross the Tibetan plateau, a journey of some 1200 miles at an average elevation of 19,000 feet. For this accomplishment he was awarded the Founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He hunted Ovis ammon on the journey. Yakushi (1994) B533; the second work Yakushi J28; Czech p. 112.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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