Moved On! From Kashgar to Kashmir - P. S. Nazaroff, Malcolm Burr (translator), 1935 - George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London - First Edition A fine copy, of this fabulous work by the man who continued the post war Great Game, a book described by Peter Hopkirk as ‘a brilliant mixture of adventure and observation’. From the library of James Hurley, member of the first team to attempt K12 in the Karkoram, after training with Eric Shipton.

In the scarce dust jacket, and illustrated with 33 black and white photographs, mostly by his friend Clarmont Skrine, the British consul-general in Kashgar, and a folding route map.

Paul (Pavel) Stepanovich Nazaroff (1890-1942), a Russian geologist and writer, was caught up in the Russian Revolution, and became the leader of a plot to overthrow Bolshevik rule in Central Asia. The first half of this book describe’s Nazaroff’s four years in Kashgar amongst the Sarts and Chinese and the second part is the story of his harrowing escapes and journey through the Karakorams.
  ‘Fortitude through escapes and thrills which would have broken a lesser man, erudition, knowledge, sportsmanship, an observant eye, sly humour, and vivid pen have won Pavel Stepanovich Nazaroff a wide circle of admirers not only in Great Britain, but in the dominions overseas, in all places where manly qualities are recognised and esteemed.’ – from the introduction.

Provenance: From the library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Their expedition was sponsored by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Reference: Yakushi
Catalogue of Himalayan Literature, N18a.

Octavo pp. 317 [3]. In publishers red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and in blind to front board, red tint to top edge. Dust jacket priced 12s. 6d. net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket, bright and without fading to the spine, minor rubbing to folds and corners, wear to spine ends, one or two short closed tears.   Ref: 109126   Price: HK$ 4,500