Diary of a Pedestrian in Cashmere and Thibet - Captain William Henry Knight, Forty-Eighth Regiment 1863 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition An exceptional example of this title, and the preferred issue with the mounted ‘Portion of a Thibetan Praying Wheel, Monastry of Hemis’ mounted opposite page 200. The Brooke-Hitching copy, housed in custom slipcase, complete and without restoration, scarce as such.

In addition to the fragment of prayer wheel, there are eight full page tinted lithographic plates, eight full page black and white engraved plates, and 29 in-text illustrations.

Nothing could exceed the beauty of the view as we approached our intended halting-place. Having crossed the torrent by a wooden bridge, the mountains we had been winding through showed out in all their grandeur, while above us, inaccessible peaks, with sharp and fanciful projections, nestled their mighty heads among the fleecy clouds, which hung about after the recent rains

Captain William Henry Knight journeyed through Kashmir and Tibet in 1860 in the company of another officer and a porter. Having spent a year and a half in India with his regiment, Captain Knight had managed to obtain a six months' leave of absence in order to escape the hot season and journey through the cool foothills of the Himalayas. His goal in this volume was to represent ‘
a faithful picture of travels in regions where excursion trains are still unknown, and Travelers' Guides unpublished’.
  Provenance: From the library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. Earlier armourial colour bookplate of William Ralston-Patrick of Trearne, Hessilhead and Roughwood, North Ayrshire, Scotland, with contemporary gift inscription from his mother dated 1st January 1864.

Reference: Yakushi,
Catalogue of Himalayan Literature, (1994) K247.

Octavo (book size 23.2 x 15.7 cm) pp. xvi 385 [1] 8 (publisher’s catalogue dated July 1863. In publisher’s green cloth, blind stamped mottled texture and borders, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, gilt vignette blocked to spine and front board, light brown coated endpapers.
  Condition: Some marking from contemporary bookplate, and very faint spotting to prelims, else fine.   Ref: 109413   Price: HK$ 20,000