TURNER (SAMUEL) An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and Part of Tibet, FIRST EDITION, G. and W. Nicol, 1800

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TURNER (SAMUEL)
An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and Part of Tibet, FIRST EDITION, G. and W. Nicol, 1800

Sold for £ 937 (US$ 1,214) inc. premium
TURNER (SAMUEL)
An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing a Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and Part of Tibet, FIRST EDITION, folding engraved map, 13 engraved plates (one folding), light tea stain in margin of p.94, contemporary diced calf, neatly rebacked in calf [Cordier Sinica 2909; Löwendahl 711; Lust 208; Yakushi T277a], 4to (330 x 252mm.), G. and W. Nicol, 1800

Footnotes

  • First edition of the first eye-witness report on Tibet and Bhutan to be published in English. Samuel Turner, an army officer in the East India Company, led Warren Hasting's mission to the countries in 1783 and 1784. His "account of carefully observed conditions in Tibet and Bhutan, their forms of government, religious customs, trade, and topography, has stood the test of time and remained a source of great value" (ODNB). The plates are mostly views after drawings by Turner and the expedition's surveyor Samuel Davis, and an image of the Bhutanese yak that Turner successfully shipped alive back to Hastings, where it was painted by George Stubbs.

    Provenance: William Wickham, bookplate.
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