PREJEVALSKY, NIKOLAI Mongolia, the Tangut Country, and the Solitudes of Northern Tibet...
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876. Two volumes. First English edition. Modern three-quarters red leather over marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine, with original cloth front covers and spine of volume two bound in. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; [li], 287; xii, 320 pp., with half-titles, frontispiece portrait in volume one, folding map, 12 wood-engraved plates, and in-text illustrations. Very occasional foxing.
"Przhevalski's expeditions, which preceded those of Sven Hedin and the host of later Europeans, for the first time since Marco Polo and his successors defined the basic geography of Central Asia. They had visited places known only by rumour or report and had returned with a mass of meteorological, scientific and biological data... He had discovered the wild population of Bactrian camels as well as what became known as Przewalski's horse and Przewalski's gazelle...." (Howgego). Howgego P58; Yakushi P123.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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