Lot 117 of 319:
Aurel Stein's Serindia, first edition, complete  

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Serindia: Detailed Report of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China, Carried Out and Described Under the Orders of H.M. Indian Government

Stein, Aurel


Clarendon Press



5 volumes including plate volume & portfolio of maps. Vol I, text: xxxix, [1], 547 pp., 144 photographic illustrations on 48 plates; Vol. II, text: viii, [549]-1088 pp., 92 photographic illustrations on 37 plates; Vol. III, text: xi, [1], [1089]-1580 pp., 109 photographic illustrations on 41 plates, and 59 plates of plans (some folding); Vol. IV, plates: x pp., 175 plates (some folding); Vol. V, maps: Maps showing Portions of Chinese Turkestan and Kansu from Surveys made during the Explorations of Sir Aurel Stein 1906-1908), [printed contents card], box containing 96 folding maps, comprising: general map (with printed glassine overlays), index map, and maps numbered 1-94. (4to) text & plate volumes are 33.3x25 cm (13¼x9¾"), original russet cloth stamped in gilt, Vols. II & III in dust jackets; maps loose in matching original russet cloth box. First Edition. 

First edition of Stein's magnum opus, the full scholarly report of the 1906-08 expedition. Yakushi S332, noting "Serindia is the regional name adopted for that much of Asia which lies between the Pamirs and Pacific watershed, and it includes most of the scenes of Stein's unwearied researches during his three journeys extending over intermittent periods between 1900 and 1915. It is the results of these three journeys undertaken in geographical, archaeological, historical interests which are given in due scientific form."

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Jackets with some foxing and edgewear, spines sunned with light stains, a few short tears, jacket on Vol. III with neat repair at lower edge of front panel; just a bit of shelf wear to covers, seams of map box starting to split in a few places; offset to endpapers; very good or better condition.

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