Reisen in China von Peking zur Mongolischen Grenze und Rueckkehr nach Europa [Travel in China from Beijing to the Mongolian border and return to Europe]. - Dr. Adolf Bastian 1871 - Hermann Costenoble, Jena - First Edition A rare work on China, the sixth and last volume in Bastian’s series on Asia ‘Die Voelker des Oestlichen Asien. Studien und Reisen’. Text in German, bound in later blue cloth.

Adolf Bastian was an early pioneer of the concept of the collective unconscious and his writings greatly influenced Carl Jung. Bastian put the focus of his interest on customs and traditions of the natives. He brought the Berlin Anthopological Society into being in 1869 and became director of the newly founded Berlin Museum for Ethnology in 1886.
  ‘Adolf Bastian was born in Bremen in 1826 and grew up in a wealthy family of merchants. He studied Law in Heidelberg as well as Natural Sciences and Medicine in Berlin, Jena, Würzburg and Prague. After finishing his studies in 1850, Bastian began to work as a ship´s doctor. Within the following fifteen years he travelled not only to Australia, Peru, Mexico and China but also to India, Africa and Asia.

In 1860 Bastian began to publish books and articles on his travel experiences and field researches. Moreover, he became head chairman of the newly founded Ethnological Museum (formerly: Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde) in Berlin in 1868. Bastian also began lecturing at the Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Berlin. Since 1871 he held a full professorship and was the first academic anthropologist in Germany. His theories were based on the assumption, that all peoples share universal "elementary thoughts" but develop specific cultures due to differing environmental and historical circumstances.’ -
German Anthropology.
  Contemporary blue cloth, spine ruled and titled in gilt   Condition: A very good copy, with light scattered foxing to margins, lightly heavier to preliminary and last few pages, in fine later binding. Small Isseido booksellers stamp to front pastedown.   Ref: 102015   Price: HK$ 2,000