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. - Captain Samuel Turner, Lieutenant Samuel Davis, Robert Saunders 1800 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for G. and W. Nicol, London - First Edition First edition, completely untrimmed in original publisher’s paper covered boards and spine, housed in later custom half navy blue morocco clamshell case, with spine lettered in gilt. Rare to find such works in this original state.

With fourteen copper-engraved plates including the drawings of Samuel Davis ‘a surveyor and draftsman for the Bengal Army, he accompanied the second British embassy, in 1783, to Druk Yul, the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. These elegant depictions attest to the only foreign artist “of distinction” to show Bhutan, and the first outsider to paint scenes from these mountains’ [Michael Aris
Views of Medieval Bhutan]. The geographical focus of this work is split between Bhutan (180 pages) and Tibet (246 pages), together with thirty pages of appendices.

In addition to Davis’ illustrations and the folding map of Bootan and Tibet by Turner (58 x 23.5 cm), is the marvellously Mona-Lisa’esque ‘
Yak of Tartary’, an engraved aquatint by De la Motte of the Bhutanese yak that Turner successfully shipped alive back to Hastings, where it was painted by George Stubbs, better known for his paintings of horses.
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