THE HEART OF A CONTINENT, by Francis Edward Younghusband - 1904


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The Heart of A Continent: A Narrative of Travels in Manchuria, Across the Gobi Desert, Through the Himalayas, the Pamirs, and Hunza 1884-1894

by Colonel Francis Edward Younghusband 

Fourth Edition. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Antiquarian binding features yellow pictorial cloth and rounded spine with gilt lettering.
  • Volume is overall well preserved displaying gentle commensurate wear and aging.
  • Covers exhibit overall fading and rubbing, as well as edgewear with rubbing, chipping and fraying.
  • Boards are exposed at corners, that are also gently bumped. (See photos)
  • Cloth on shoulders is gently starting to split. (See photos)
  • Spine displays general rubbing and some fading, as well as a residue from ex-library label below title, and chips to softened ends. 
  • Binding is overall secure though fragile.
  • Ex-library book displays minor marks: 
    • front pastedown shows sticker residue with stamp "library discard" 
    • front fep has embossed stamp from AHD Library of MA Hayaud DIN
    • back endpaper shows minor marks. (See photos)
  • Frontispiece and plates at pages 170 and 190 are loose. (See photos) All plates present, including map at end of volume. 
  • Illustration pages are gently age-toned, and are well preserved with little to no smudges, foxing, etc. Loose illustrations pages 170 and 190 display minor edgewear with chipping and minimal creasing.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned with occasional smudges on text pages, as well as minor occasional edgewear to pages. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges have gilt along head, and display gentle commensurate toning.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20191031

332 pages. 5.75 x 9 inches.

Handsome antiquarian binding features yellow pictorial cloth, and rounded spine with gilt lettering. 

Book is lavishly illustrated with B&W photographs of places and people, and features a fold-out map at end. Map illustrates the journeys of Captain Younghusband of Kings Dragoon Guards in Central Asia, "from Peking to Yarkand and Kashmir via the Mustagh Pass."

This is the fascinating account of the Colonel's travels for the Tibet Mission, of which he had assumed leadership as British Commissioner for Tibet Frontier Matters, in the Indian Army. A born traveler, the author took advantage of being granted a leave from his political duties to explore the captivating region surrounding Tibet, although dispatched for numerous political missions. His account is an exceptionally accurate, entertaining and instructive description of the geography, people and history of the places he discovered, with interesting information all along the way. Although not necessarily meant as such, it constitutes an invaluable travel guide to the adventurer, and a travel relation full of merit.  

Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British Army Officer who was also an explorer and spiritual writer. His many travels notably in Tibet, the Far East and Central Asia made him famous, and he is remembered for his writings on Asia. He served as President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Includes a detailed Table of Contents, as well as an Index and a Preface to the First Edition. 

EDITION POINTS: Fourth Edition. Ex-Library with some marks.

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