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WHITE, J. Claude.

Sikhim & Bhutan: Twenty-One Years on the North-East Frontier 1887-1908.

London, Edward Arnold, 1909 Stock Code: 138614

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First edition, first impression, of this important and handsomely produced work, comprising some excellent photographs and finely-detailed photogravures captured by the author. White (1853-1918) was a British political officer, residing in the Himalayas for a little over two decades. He initially served as Executive Engineer with the Indian Public Works Department, passing out of Cooper's Hill (the Royal Indian Engineering College) in 1876, before joining the political branch of the Tibet Mission; in 1904 he was made CIE (companion of the Order of the Indian Empire). "He was promoted to the post of political officer in charge of Sikkim in 1889 and of Bhutan in 1905. His photographic albums Sikkim (1902) and Tibet and Lhasa (1908), which contain some of the most amazing images of Tibet and the Himalayas, were published by Johnston and Hoffmann and are held by the India Office Library. Some of them, primarily portraits and groups of people, are also kept at the Royal Geographical Society" (Dollfuss, p. 104).

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Large square octavo. Original green cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover, gilt block at head of front cover.


Photogravure portrait frontispiece of the author, 6 similar plates, 34 plates (largely from photographs), folding colour map at end.


Binding refurbished (with particular attention to the spine), some abrading of cloth, gilt of spine retouched, scattered foxing, general signs of handling and some finger soiling. A slightly compromised yet sound and clean copy.


Pascale Dollfuss, "Photographic Archives in Paris and London", European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 15-16 (1998-99).


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