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MANNERHEIM, CARL GUSTAF EMIL: - Across Asia from West to East in 1906 - 1908. Two volumes. Helsinki 1940.

. 4to. Pp. 741; iv, 54; 16; 48; 36; 36; 12; 6; 30; 12; and one blank leaf. With one portrait, fifteen maps, one folding plate (map index) and numerous illustrations in the text. A printed list of donors loosely inserted. Original cloth with title labels on spine, lightly soiled. First edition, limited to 500 copies (of which 100 were signed).Mannerheim, Finnish-born officer in the Russian army, covered approximately 14,000 km on horseback during his two-year journey along the Silk Road. He travelled from Russian Turkestan, through Chinese Turkestan and Western China via Gansu and Shaanxi to Peking. The initial mission of the expedition was to study conditions in northern China and "other military objectives" but was later expanded to also collect archaeological and ethnological material. The first part of this work contains Mannerheim's diary and the second contains scientific descriptions of the collections of many famous scientists. "The edition ... was regrettably too small and the work has remained almost unknown" (Aalto p.117). Aalto, Oriental Studies in Finland, pp. 113-118 & 136. Yakushi M74a.
EUR 1800.00 [Appr.: US$ 1909.49 | £UK 1536.25 | JPą 295262] Book number 100306

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