In the Forbidden Land: An Account of a Journey in Tibet, Capture by the Tibetan Authorities, Imprisonment, Torture, and Ultimate Release. Also various official documents, including the enquiry and report by J. Larkin, Esq., appointed by the Government of India. - A. Henry Savage Landor 1898 - William Heinemann, London - First Edition A near fine and thus scarce first edition of Landor’s autobiographical narrative about his failed attempt to reach Lhasa from the West, during which he was captured and tortured (at one point forced to ride many miles on a saddle mounted with iron spikes), and his discovery of the sources of the Indus and the Brahmaputra rivers.

Together with a letter dated February 7th 1889 to a Mr. Browne from Landor, offering to show his sketches any day that would be convenient, and saying that he will be staying at 903, 16th Street, Washington DC for ‘about a fortnight’.

This was the first expedition in which Landor, an accomplished painter, used a camera as well as paintings and drawings, resulting in these profusely illustrated volumes containing photogravure frontispiece, eight colour chromolithographic plates, fifty full-page black and white plates, 196 in-text drawings schematics and vignettes, and a folding map to the rear (outlined in colour) drafted from Landor’s own surveys.

A detailed account, which pays a great deal of attention to geography and science, and one of the earliest works about the high Himalayas, which were virtually unknown to Europeans during Landor’s time. Although there was heated disagreement about the veracity of his tale, it was an international best-seller.

‘The book about his experiences,
In the Forbidden Land, was translated into all the major European languages… In energy and resourcefulness, in courage and power of endurance, Landor was the equal of any of the previous generation of great explorers’ – Dictionary of National Biography.
  Provenance: With the gift stamp ‘From a Reader of the Sunday Times’ to front free endpapers.

Two octavo volumes (book size 32.1 x 15.8 cm) pp. xx 320; xvi 263 [1]. In publisher’s olive green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt to spines and front boards, illustration of Tibetan prayer wheel and handcuffs blocked in brown gilt and black to front boards.
  Condition: Near fine, minor wear to corners and outer hinges, light spotting to endpapers, inner hinges of volume I repaired.   Ref: 109411   Price: HK$ 9,000