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RAWLING, Cecil Godfrey, Captain.

The Great Plateau

being an account of Exploration in Central-Tibet, 1903, and of the Gartok Expedition, 1904-1905.

Published: London: Edward Arnold, 1905

Stock code: 67893

Price: £1,000

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First edition. “In 1903 the author explored the Zoji La, Leh, Chang Chemmo, Lanak La with Hargreaves and Ram Singh. Then he explored and surveyed, with C. H. D. Ryder, from Lhasa to Simla by the valley of the Brahmaputra and Lake Manasaro-war, as a detachment of the Younghusband Tibet Mission in 1904” (Yakushi). The first survey was considered an “unofficial exploration mission” (ODNB) – although Charles Allen clearly seems to identify Rawling as being attached to the Survey of India (Duel in the Snows, p.288) – which entailed the mapping of approximately 38,000 miles of hitherto unsurveyed country, a task for which Rawling received the thanks of the Government of India. The latter assignment was “recognized as a potentially hazardous undertaking since the Tibetans were thought to be hostile and the return journey to Simla would have to be made in the middle of winter. Rawling’s small detachment left the main party at Gyantse, and travelled west along the north of Nepal, through Gartok, and then on to Simla; during its journey the party clearly identified Mount Everest, for the first time from the north.” One member of the party was the great naturalist and shikari F. M. “Hatter” Bailey, whose detailed report of his involvement in the mission was later published by the government of India. Rawling was killed in 1917 by a stray shell near Hooghe, while serving with the Somerset Light Infantry.

Octavo. Modern dark tan quarter morocco on matching linen boards, title gilt direct to the spine. Frontispiece and 31 other plates, 2 folding maps. A very good copy, neatly bound.

Bibliography: Yakushi R48

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