Western Tibet and the British Borderland. The Sacred Country of Hindus and Buddhists, with an Account of the Government, Religion, and Customs of its People. - Charles A. Sherring, T.G. Longstaff 1906 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition A handsome first edition of this important work on Western Tibet, Sherring’s account of his exploration through the region during the summer of 1905, profusely illustrated with numerous photographic illustrations, together with two folding maps and a chapter by T.G. Longstaff, of the Alpine Club, describing an attempt to climb the 25,350 foot summit of Gurla Mandhata.

Sherring’s journey took him through Mount Kailas, the sacred lake of Mansarowar, Kangra, Garhwal, Almora, the Kedarnath, Badrinath and adjoining territories. His narrative describes legends and myths of the holy lands, the religions and customs of the Tibetans, Hindus and Bhotias, agriculture, government, and trade routes.
  Charles A. Sherring was an anthropologist and surveyor, and the Deputy Commissioner of Almora. Although he never returned to Tibet after his 1905 visit, he later became a key figure in the history of the pilgrimage to Mount Kailas, and his book considered to be a primary work to the modern understanding of the region.

Tom George Longstaff (1875-1964) was an English doctor, explorer, and mountaineer. President of the Alpine Club (1947-9). His explorations included twenty visits to the Alps, six to the Himalayas, one to the Caucasus, five to the Arctic, and two to Rockies and Selkirks, many of them extending over several months. He was the first to ascend a 7,000 metre peak in the Himalaya.

References: Cordier,
Bibliotheca Sinica 2927. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Volume 39, 1907. Yakushi Catalogue of Himalayan Literature S421. Bipin Adikari, New Spotligtht Magazine web archives. W R Neate, Mountaineering and its Literature 459. Lloyd, Alpine Journal 322. McKay Kailas Histories 390.

Octavo. pp. xv 376. Publisher’s blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine and gilt block of Tibetan jugs and bells atop an altar piece to upper cover.
  Condition: Near fine, slightly over-opened at map pages, some light wear and bumping to extremities, a few light spots to edges and preliminary pages, small bookseller sticker to lower rear pastedown.   Ref: 107678   Price: HK$ 9,000