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THROUGH THE HEART OF ASIA: Over the Pamïr to India, translated From the French by C.B. Pitman
London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1889. 2 volumes. First edition. With 250 black and white illustrations by Albert Pépin. 4to, original dark blue-green cloth, spines lettered in gilt with gilt and black ruling, upper covers ruled in black and each bears a pictorial vignette in blue and white, bordered in gilt. xxii, 281; x, 255 pp. A bright and handsome set. IMPORTANT AND RARE FIRST EDITION. The author’s exhaustively illustrated account of his journey westward to look for vestiges of history left in the small societies of Central Asia, a region which he considers a “fascinating” land of diversity: “You find there, in the midst of the dreariest deserts, oases of the greatest fertility, and you come upon towns full of life and animations as you emerge from solitudes upon which a profound silence confers something like grandeur... The traveller, whose mouth is still parched by the brackish waters drawn from the cisterns of the arid steppe, suddenly sees before him rivers with the majestic aspect of an inland sea, the water of which is delightful to the palate. After having wended his way over boundless plains, he reaches the foot of mountains, the peaks of which, rising high into the heavens are barely visible to the naked eye...” A lovely, highly readable book.
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