Author: Carl Gustav Mannerheim (1867-1951)
Source: Swansea University Library
Owner: Societe Finno-Ougrienne
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Link to: Website
First edition. 4to. 2 vols. Original cloth; pp. [iv], 741 & [iii], 53, 15, 47, 35, 35, 12, 5, 30, 6, 12; portrait frontispiece of the author to vol. I, numerous illustrations from photographs, 14 folding maps at rear of vol. II plus index sheet, donor's list loosely inserted in vol. II; very good in the original cloth, bumped to head of vol. I, a little discoloured on rear cover of vol. II, else a very good set.
Yakushi M74. This is an account of Mannerheim’s expedition through Northern China, published in Finland shortly after the cessation of the Winter War with Russia. Ironically, it was during his time as an officer in the Russian Army that Mannerheim received orders to undertake the expedition. Mannerheim joined the French archaeologist Paul Pelliot, and they travelled together from Tashkent to Kashgar. They thereafter separated, Mannerheim first heading to Khotan via Yarkand on an intelligence mission before continuing his journey through the Tien Shan to Urumchi and on to China. He met the thirteenth Dalai Lama at Utaishan, collected all manner of object (donated later to the Société Finno-Ougrienne), made observations of regional customs, languages and archaeology, and took many photographs. The present set contains both Mannerheim’s narrative (vol. I), and scientific results by different members of the expedition (vol. II).
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