Lot 1384: 2V Sven Hedin THROUGH ASIA 1899 First American Edition Antique Travel & Exploration Color Lithograph Fold-Out Maps Tissue-Guarded Frontispiece Portraits Photographic Plates Textual Figures
by National Book Auctions
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Through Asia
Author: Sven Hedin - Sven Anders Hedin KNO1kl RVO was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia, he discovered the Transhimalaya (once named the Hedin Range in his honor) and the sources of the Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej Rivers, Lake Lop Nur, and the remains of cities, grave sites and the Great Wall of China in the deserts of the Tarim Basin. In his book "Från Pol till Pol," Hedin describes a journey through Asia and Europe between the late 1880s and early 1900s. While traveling, Hedin visited Constantinopole (Istanbul), oil-rich Azerbaijan in times of the Nobel Brothers, Teheran, Mesopotamia (Iraq), lands of the Kyrgyz people, India, China, Asiatic Russia and Japan. The posthumous publication of his Central Asia Atlas marked the conclusion of his life’s work.
Publisher: Harper and Brothers Publishers
City: New York / London
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: An account of Hedin's extensive and dangerous explorations of the remotest regions of Central Asia, including the Pamirs, the Mus-Tagh-Ata and its glaciers, Talka-Makan Desert, Gobi Desert, Northern Tibet, and Isaidam to Peking, China.
Condition / Notes: This is the first American edition of this work. The antique set is bound in dark green cloth covers with stamped gilt and red lettering/ornamentation on the front covers and spines. There is mild shelf wear visible at the extremities. The bindings are solid. Each volume contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author. The pages are mostly clean, with occasional very light marginal smudging. The work is profusely illustrated with plates, textual figures, and a color lithograph fold-out map in each volume.
The volumes are protected by clear mylar dust jackets.
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