SOLD - Across Thibet. Being a Translation of "De Paris au Tonking a Travers le Tibet Inconnu" - Gabriel Bonvalot, Prince Henry Of Orleans (photographer), C. B. Pitman (translator) 1892 - Cassell Publishing Company, New York - First American Edition in English A fine copy, with the folding map in front pocket which is usually missing. Illustrations throughout, both full page and in-text, mostly from photographs taken by Prince Henri d’Orleans.

The French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) "traversed not only that portion of Tibet which several English travellers had explored, but going beyond the limits which their predecessors had reached, forced their way over the table-lands and came out on the other side, this journey one which no European had ever accomplished" (Preface).

Across Thibet ‘describes Bonvalot's expedition across Russia and Siberia to Tibet, and then through Yunnan to Vietnam, accompanied by Prince Henri d'Orléans whose father, the Duc of Chartres, financed the expedition.
  After leaving Paris in 1889 the expedition crosses first Russia and then Siberia, making its way south to Tibet. The obstacles encountered are considerable, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees below zero (Bonvalot describes how the fat that the expedition eats for butter is so hard that it may be 'used as a projectile') and altitude sickness affecting many of the party. The expedition then succeeds in gaining formal permission to enter Tibet, despite the Lhasa government's usual policy of turning away foreigners. Bonvalot shows himself fascinated with the polyandry and polygamy practised by the Tibetans, saying that they seem 'quite contented with their lot, and gaiety reigns supreme'. The party continues through China's Yunnan province to Tonkin in northern Vietnam, and reaches Hanoi in 1890; they return to France by sea.’ [CUP].

Reference: Cordier,
Bibliotheca Sinica 2834. Cambridge University Press.

Large octavo (book size 25x17.6cm), pp. xiii [1] 417 [3]. In publisher's brown cloth, lettered and illustrated in gilt to spine and in gilt , brown and black to front board, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, pocket for map at front.
  Condition: Fine, with the exception of some wear to corners of cloth. Map with small split along corner folds.   Ref: 109734   Price: HK$ 0