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STEIN, M. Aurel.
Oxford: Clarendon Press,, 1921. Perhaps the most fruitful archaeological expedition that has been undertaken in modern times 5 volumes, quarto, comprising 3 volumes of text, volume of plates and plans, and map-case. Original brick-red cloth, spines and front covers lettered in gilt, front covers with embossed gilt roundel showing Athena with arm outstretched brandishing the aegis incorporating the gorgoneion (Stein's personal emblem). 345 half-tone illustrations from photographs and 59 plans to the text volumes, 175 plates to the third volume, map-case with 94 maps. Bookplates and shelf marks of Bath Public Library, with their stamps in blank margins of text and plates. Spine ends lightly bumped, front hinge of vol. III cracked, some very light foxing to contents. Map case a little rubbed, scratch to top panel, some maps a little cockled and creased. A very good set. First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia. Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is excellently suited for the designation of this region, well-defined by nature as well as by historical relationship. Significant brevity would amply justify its use even if the interpretation which derives Procopius' local name Serinda from a compound of the terms [in Greek Seres, the classical name for the people of Serica or China] and India may prove to have no better foundation than 'learned popular etymology'". Stein provides a richly illustrated ac … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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