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Clark, Robert Sterling & Arthur de Carle Sowerby
Through Shên-Kan. The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China 1908-9
T. Fisher Unwin, London & Leipsig, 1912. First edition. 4to. This work is an account of the 1908-9 expedition from Taiyuan in Northern Shanxi to the Shensi and Kansu provinces of northern China, paid for 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). Publisher's ochre cloth over boards with title and small pictorial of a man riding a horse in black to front cover. Fine [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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