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[MURRAY, Charles Adolphus,] 7th earl of Dunmore

The Pamirs.

Being a narrative of a year's expedition on horseback and on foot through Kashmir, Western Tibet, Chinese Tartary and Russian Central Asia.

Published: London: John Murray, 1893

Stock code: 60133

Price: £750

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First edition. “He started from Rawalpindi in April 1892, reached Kashgar in Chinese Turkestan in December 1892, and continued west through Ferghana and Transcaspia, reaching Samarkand in January 1893. He had ridden and walked 2500 miles, traversing forty-one mountain passes and sixty-nine rivers” (ODNB). Dunmore explains in his introduction that he has “studiously avoided… giving any opinions on the political aspect of affairs, in that much vexed district.” But Middleton and Thomas have suggested in their guide to the region, Tajikistan and the High Pamirs, that he was engaged in some form of diplomatic negotiation with the local emirs, or was reconnoitring territory that had been crossed and re-crossed by Younghusband and Grombchevsky just a couple of years before.

2 volumes, octavo. Original pale blue ribbed moiré cloth, title in silver to the spines, and to the upper boards together with a large block of a Buddha, sepia patterned endpapers. Portrait frontispiece to volume I and 20 other plates, numerous illustrations to the text, 3 folding coloured maps, one full-page map as frontispiece to volume II, double-page table. Cloth a little spotted and sunned as usual, hinges just a little tender, light browning, but overall a very good set.

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