Trans-Himalaya. Discoveries and Adventures in Tibet - Sven Hedin 1909 - Macmillan and Co., London - First English Editions Sven Hedin’s popular three volume account of his three year campaign in Tibet between 1906 and 1908, the second part of which he carried out ‘aware that there still remained vast blanks on the map, and plagued by an old illness which had left him all but blind in one eye, he was determined to make the best use of what he considered was the little time left to him.’ (Howgego).

In original gilt cloth, with 4 folding colour maps, 10 monochrome maps, and over 540 illustrations

In 1906 Hedin arrived in Lahore,’ having travelled overland through Persia and the Indus valley. Lord Curzon, viceroy of India, had arranged for three Indian surveyors to be specially trained at the headquarters of the Survey of India, to accompany Hedin, but at the moment of his departure Curzon was withdrawn from India and the new Liberal government in Britain gave orders that under no circumstances was Hedin to be allowed to enter Tibet (he was seen as pro-German and thus a threat to British interests). Furious that the British had broken their promise of support, Hedin headed rapidly for Kashmir, assembled a caravan in Srinagar and made his way to Leh in Ladkah. By the time word had got through to the British representative in Leh, ordering him to restrain Hedin by force if necessary, the Swede was already on his way to Tibet.’ (Howgego)
  Provenance: From the library of Howard McCully with his signature to title pages of Volumes I and II. Evidence of former bookplate to front of Volume III.

References: Howgego,
Continental Exploration 1850 to 1940, H32. Jill Neate, Mountaineering Literature, H68. NLS, Mountaineering t182. Perret, Ouvrage important sur l'Himalaya, 2193. Yakushi Catalogue of Himalayan Literature, H103c.

Thick octavo, three volumes (book size 23.1x15.8cm), pp. xxiii [1] 436, 4 (publisher’s catalogue); [2] xvii 441 [1] 2 (publisher’s catalogue); xv [1] 426, 2 (publisher’s catalogue). In publisher's burgundy cloth, lettered in gilt to spines, gilt blocked vignette to front boards, top edges gilt.
  Condition: Very good to near fine, some fading to spines, more so to cloth of volume III, several dark stains to volume II, internally near fine to fine, volume III with some scattered foxing, toning to endpapers.   Ref: 109736   Price: HK$ 8,000