Lot 121 of 221:
British mission to Tibet 1806  

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An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo lama, in Tibet; containing a narrative of a journey through Bootan, and part of Tibet... To which are added, views taken on the spot, by Lieutenant Samuel Davis; and observations botanical, mineralogical, and medical, by Mr. Robert Saunders

Turner, Samuel


Sold by G. & W. Nichol



xxviii, 473 pp. With 12 copper-engraved plates including the frontispiece; folding engraved map; folding engraved facsimile. (4to), 29x23 cm (11¼x9"), period speckled calf, gilt-roll border, rebacked with modern calf, original gilt-tooled spine strip with morocco lettering piece laid on, raised spine bands. Second Edition.

Samuel Turner (1759-1802), English diplomat, Asiatic traveler and cousin of Warren Hastings, was dispatched from India on a mission to Tibet in 1783  following news of the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, with a message of congratulation designed to strengthen the amicable relations established by George Bogle during his 1774 visit to Tibet. Although unable to visit the Tibetan capital at Lhasa, he did have an audience with the infant Panchen Lama at Shigatse in Tibet's Tsang Province, and received a promise that merchants sent to the country from India would be encouraged.

Lot Amendments

Some minor scuffing and wear to covers, corners showing, the original spine strip rubbed with lower ¾" missing and a little loss at top; some moderate foxing and offsetting within, very good, a nice copy of a significant work on Tibet.

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