Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator) 1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press)
  Provenance: The Mark Skinner Library, Manchester, Vermont, with their illustrated bookplates, and blind stamp to title pages.

Two quarto volumes (26.2 x 18.1 cm) pp. [2] xxii 281[3]; x 255 [1] 8 (Publisher’s ads dated November 20, 1888). In publisher’s teal cloth, spines tooled and lettered in gilt, front panel with gilt border enclosing illustration silhouetted in white, rear panels with publisher’s blind embossed logo, teal coated endpapers.
  Condition: Fine, with the exception of rubbing and wear to rear pastedowns due to removal of former labels and small ink number to upper corner of contents pages.   Ref: 108696   Price: HK$ 7,000