Scientific Results of a Journey in Central Asia, 1899-1902.
Vol.I: The Tarim River; Vol.II: Lop-Nor; Vol.III: North and East Tibet; Vol.IV: Central and West Tibet; Vol.V: Part I - Meteorologie, von Dr. Nils Ekholm. I: Die Beobachtungen 1894-1897 und 1899-1902. II: Die Bearbeitung der Beobachtungen 1894-1897 und 1899-1902. Part II - Les Observations Astronomiques, Calculees et Redigees, par Dr.K.G. Olsson; Vol.VI: Part I. Zoologie, von Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Leche. Part II. Geology, by Dr. Helge Backstrom and Harald Johansson. Part III. Racial Types from Western and Central Asia drawn by Dr. Sven Hedin. Part IV. Die Chinesischen Handschriften und Sonstigen Kleinfunde Sven Hedins in Lou-Lan, by August Conrady. Stockholm Lithographic Institute of the General Staff of the Swedish Army 1904-1907 and 1920
First edition Six volumes in nine, including two map volumes, folio, pp.[vi], 523, 56 plates, maps and sections, 446 text illustrations; [viii], 716, 76 plates, maps and sections, 297 text illustrations; [III] [viii], 593, 87 plates, maps and sections, 466 text illustrations; [IV] [iv], 654, 73 plates, maps and sections, 379 text illustrations; [V] xii, 401, 47, 13 tables, 472; [VI] 69, 5 plates, 80 text figures; 18, large folding map in two parts; 4, 86 pages of illustrations; xv, 191, 53 plates;[Two map volumes] [vi], index map, and 84 maps on scale of 1:200,000 with 27 facsimiles of the author's original maps. Limited to 300 sets. A very good ex-library set bound in stout dark blue buckram. Vol VI, Part IV in original wrappers. Shelf marks on spines, perforated library name on title pages, withdrawn stamp on reverse of title, discreet stamp on final leaves. Light dust soiling to a few final leaves. Volume VI, part IV, Conrady, Lou-Lan, is in original wrappers.
Sven Hedin, 1865-1952, one of the great explorers of Central Asia, made four expeditions to the region. This monumental set records the results of his second expedition through the Tarim basin and Tibet. Hedin travelled down the Tarim river on a raft, studied the changing location of the Lop Nor, discovered the ruins of the city of Loulan, and spent some months exploring northern and eastern Tibet. He was denied access to Lhasa, but continued his researches in central and western Tibet before travelling on to Leh, and eventually Calcutta, where he was entertained by the Viceroy, Lord Curzon.