The Second Danish Pamir-Expedition.
Old and New Architecture in Khiva, Bokhara and Turkestan. Published at the Expense of the Church Ministry and Carlsberg Fund.
First edition. An important architectural study from the two Danish Pamir Expeditions. Olufsen commanded both of these trips into Central Asia, 1896-9, during which the team visited Bokhara as a guest of the Emir; carried out exhaustive scientific surveys throughout the Pamirs; made the first anthropological study of the Siaposh and the mountain Tajiks; and “scaled peaks as high as 8000 metres and living with the Kyrgyz nomads” (Howgego). Olufsen’s was to be the last non-Russian scientific expedition in the region for 90 years. On the second trip the party was “provided with a camera and 2000 glass plates” (Gorshenina, Explorateurs en Asie centrale: voyageurs et aventuriers de Marco Polo à Ella Maillart, p. 224), making this remarkable visual record possible. Uncommon, and highly desirable thus.
Folio. Original sand buckram, title in brown to upper board spine. 26 half-tone plates from photographs. Just a little rubbed, front free endpaper slightly browned, the text pages more lightly so, overall a very good copy.
Bibliography: Howgego, IV, O7; Yakushi O32.Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary