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Stein, Marc Aurel. Sand-buried ruins of Khotan: personal narrative of a journey of archaelogical & geographical exploration in Chinese Turkestan. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1903. 8vo (23 cm; 9"). xliii, 524 pp. illus. $1,000.00
First edition. A personal account of archaeologist (Marc) Aurel Stein's 1900–01 exploration of the ancient remains of Khotan and the great desert of Xinjiang, then known as Chinese Turkestan, the first of his great expeditions to Central Asia. Detailed here for a wider audience (not just antiquarian scholars) are the experiences, observations and discoveries of that journey, profusely illustrated with halftone illustrations and => an attractively colored and intact folding map displaying the portions of Chinese Turkestan surveyed by Stein.
Stein made four expeditions to Central Asia; his greatest triumph (1907) was to involve => the discovery of the world's oldest printed text, Diamond Sutra, dating to A.D. 868, plus 40,000 other scrolls. He received a knighthood for his efforts, which extended over thirty years.
Provenance: Bookplate of "John Edmond Heugh Balfour," bearing the motto, "Adsit Deus"; Balfour was a captain of the 11th Hussars during World War I. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
Rust-brown publisher's cloth with gilt and black lettering and decoration to front board and spine, top edge gilt; minor rubbing to edges, bumped extremities, volume a bit cocked and paper (only) breaking across hinges inside. Bookplate on front pastedown as above. Tissue guard of frontispiece foxed without affecting plate; upper corners a little bumped, one page with light staining just along edge, and a handful of leaves unopened (one pair mis-opened, resulting in a long closed tear to one leaf). => A very good copy of Stein's personal account of his first expedition. (37728) Please RESHELVE This.
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