“WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT IN THE INTERIOR OF THE DREAD DESERT OF GOBI… ACTUAL CITIES SLUMBERED UNDER THE SAND?”
HEDIN, Sven. Through Asia. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1899. Two volumes. Large octavo, original green cloth, top edges gilt, uncut. $1250.
First American edition of this classic travel narrative, with nearly 300 illustrations after sketches and photographs by Hedin, and with two folding maps printed in color showing the author's routes, one at the rear of each volume.
One of Swedish explorer Sven Hedin's earlier works, a fascinating account of his 1893-9 travels in Chinese Turkestan and Northern Tibet, including his search for the sand-buried Buddhist cities and treasures of the Takla Maken Desert. Hedin and his expedition traveled some 26,000 kilometers through the Pamir Mountains and the Tarmin Basin in the Xinjiang region, visiting Lake Kara Koshun and Lake Bosten. Published one year after the London first edition in English; first published in Swedish as En Fard Genom Asien, 1893-97.
Interiors clean and fine, a couple of very faint stains to cloth of Volume I, gilt bright. A lovely, fresh copy in fine condition.