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OLUFSEN, Ole.

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.

Published: Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandel Nordisk Forlag, 1904

Stock code: 103825

Price: £2,750

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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.

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