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CLARK, Robert Sterling, & Arthur de C. Sowerby.

Through Shên-kan: the account of the Clark Expedition in North China, 1908-9.

Edited by C. H. Chepmell.

London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1912 Stock Code: 129306
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First edition, first impression. This work is an account of the 1908-9 expedition to the Shensi and Kansu provinces of northern China, funded by Robert Sterling Clark, heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Clark was joined by the naturalist and writer, Arthur de Carle Sowerby and here they recount their travels along with observations on geography, zoology, ornithology, astronomy, geology, meteorology, and culture. The book is an attempt to "carry the imagination of the general reader - by pen, brush, and film - into the very heart of the Celestial Empire; and further, to set down with accuracy, and in as complete a way as possible, such facts and figures as may form a solid basis for the future explorer in North China" (Introduction).

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Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine and front board lettered in black, mounted horse motif in black to front board, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.


Map frontispiece, 6 colour plates tipped-in with captioned tissue guards, 58 black and white photographic plates, and a folding map in pocket to the rear pastedown.


Text occasionally underlined in red on pp. 117-225, pencil mark to margin on p. 14, all to text relating to geological features in the landscape. Slight wear top spine ends and tips, a little fading to titles to spine, cloth faintly soiled, light foxing to folding map; a very good copy.


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