ALLEN, Thomas Gaskell, Jr., and William Lewis SACHTLEBEN. Across Asia on a Bicycle: The Journey of Two American Students from Constantinople to Peking. New York,The Century Co., 1894.
8vo. Original blue cloth gilt, image of world in gilt to upper cover, top edge gilt; pp. [xv], 234; 2 sketch maps and numerous illustrations from photographs to text; a few minor marks to cloth endpapers with removed bookplates, else a very good copy.
First edition. After graduating from Washington University in June 1890, Allen and Sachtleben crossed with their bicycles on board to Liverpool. From there they began their 15,000 mile bicycle journey to Peking. Their account in fact begins once they reach Asia Minor, through which they cycle into Persia and Turkestan (with visits to Merv, Bokhara and Samarkand). They crossed the vast tract of the Gobi Desert to Peking, where they had an audience with the Chinese Prime Minister, Li-Hung-Chang. The whole account is well illustrated with both photographs and drawings.
Yakushi (3rd ed.) A175.