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Aurel Stein in Western China 1912  

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Ruins of Desert Cathay. Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China

Stein, Marc Aurel


Macmillan and Co.



2 volumes. xxxviii, 546 + [2] ad; xxi, [1], 517 + [2] ad pp. Profusely illustrated with plates from photographs; color plates of frescos, wall paintings, etc.; folding panoramas; 3 folding color maps. 23.5x16 cm. (9¼x6½”), original brown cloth with embossed gilt medallion on front cover, spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt. First Edition.

Travels and investigations in central Asia, Tartary, and the outlying regions of China by the naturalized British archaeologist, born in Budapest in 1862. Inspired by Sven Hedin, Stein took part in several expeditions in Central Asia, gathering numerous artifacts and antiquities. The British Library's Stein collection of Chinese, Tibetan and Tangut manuscripts, Prakrit wooden tablets, and documents in Khotanese, Uighur, Sogdian and Eastern Turkic is the result of his travels.

Lot Amendments

Light bumps with rubbing to spine ends, a few bumps to boards, a few ripples to cloth; binding just starting internally on Vol. II, stubtear to first two of three maps; very good or better.

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