SOLD - Tramps in Dark Mongolia - John Hedley 1910 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition An exceptional example of Hedley’s work, the Brooke-Hitching copy, housed in custom slipcase. With 50 photographic illustrations on 48 plates and a large folding map at the end.

During these three journeys Hedley not only describes his own hardships but adds historical reference to many of the places he visits, together with his own views on the monasteries, lamas and Buddhism. Whether his work was on behalf of the missionaries or actually carried out for British intelligence is open to debate.

‘We struggled on against the wind for over an hour, the dust and sand driving in unbroken clouds into our faces. I was sorely tempted, in passing a rich grove of willow trees, to call a halt and make the best of a camp in the open air, but at that point, most fortunately for us, we fell in with a Chinese farm labourer, who led us for some distance, and then pointed out a path which he said would take us to his master's house... Within half an hour of our arrival the storm became still more furious. The darkened sky became darker still. The wind howled around my dirty room like the raging of an angry demon, and at times the air was positively black with dust and sand, black as midnight itself. I can only record the bare fact when I say that in the small room I occupied I could not see the wall on the other side from where I was seated, nor, when I went to the door to look out, could my vision penetrate more than a couple of feet away’ - Hedley’s description of a dust storm in Mongolia.
  Provenance: From the library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. Earlier pencil signature of W. Deans to front free endpaper.

Octavo (book size 22.6 x 15 cm) pp. xii 371 [1], (followed by publisher’s catalogue - xv 87 [2]). In publisher’s green cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and front board, vignette blocked in gilt to front board, top edge gilt.
  Condition: LIght toning to endpapers, faint and light spotting to edges, else fine.   Ref: 109409   Price: HK$ 0