Travels in Tartary, Thibet & China – M. Huc (1850) (1st ed)


Travels in Tartary, Thibet & China – M. Huc (1850) (1st ed)


Title: Travels in Tartary, Thibet and China, during the years 1844-5-6

Author: M. Huc, W. Hazlitt (trans.)

Publisher: Office of the National Illustrated Library. No date, presumed first edition (c. 1850) because later editions were stated.

Condition: Full leather, fine binding, raised bands on spine. Marbled edges. Slight fading to spine and scraping to cover. 2 volumes in 1, complete, without advertisements. With a foldout map and numerous engravings. App 7.5″ by 5″.

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About the book (from Goodreads):

To read it is like seeing the scenes described’ Evening Standard

‘One of the world’s best travel books’ Spectator ‘The work remains a classic worthy of reproduction’ The Times
Published to critical acclaim and well known for many years afterwards this account of the journey across Mongolia to Lhasa in the early nineteenth century owes much of its success to the literary skills of its authors, made available in English for the first time by William Hazlitt and Paul Pelliot.

Among other topics the chapters cover: The French mission of Peking, Tartar manners and customs, festivals, an interview with a Tibetan Lama, the flooding of the Yellow River, Tartar veterinary surgeons, irrigation projects, comparative studies between Catholicism and Buddhism, war between two living Buddhas, and the Chinese account of Tibet.

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Évariste Régis Huc, C.M., or the Abbé Huc, (1813–1860) was a French missionary Catholic priest and traveller, famous for his accounts of China, Tartary and Tibet, in his book “A Journey Through the Chinese Empire”. Since the travels of the Englishman, Thomas Manning, in Tibet (1811–1812), no European had visited Lhasa. Huc stimulated European interest in Central Asia and blazed a trail for Asian studies.