HEDIN, Sven Anders. Trans-Himalaya. Discoveries and Adventures in Tibet. London, Macmillan, 1909-13.
8vo, 3 volumes. Original red cloth gilt, upper boards blocked with gilt vignette of Hedin in Tibetan costume, spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt; pp. [i]-xxiii, [1 (blank)], 436, [4, advertisements)]; xvii, 441, [2, advertisements]; xv, 426, [2, advertisements] portrait frontispieces, retaining tissue guards, hundreds of plates ( 2 folding and a few colour-printed), 10 maps (3 fold-out and colour printed); extremities a little worn and and bumped, light offsetting onto free endpapers, some occasional light spotting, short, skilfully-repaired marginal tears on 2 folding maps, nonetheless a very good, clean set in the original cloth.
First English edition, first printing of all volumes, a fine photograpvure portrait of the author inscribed and signed by Hedin, mit herzlichem Dank von Hedin laid down inside front vover of volume one. Hedin's account of the Swedish expedition to Tibet and Central Asia in 1906-1908, under the patronage of King Oscar of Sweden. Departing from Ladakh and 'traversing the Chang-Tang in Tibet through Srinagar and Leh he reached [...] Shigatse. Thence he went back to the Lake Manasarowar along the Tsangpo and descended the Indus, and then towards Leh and returned to Simla by the Sutlej route' (Yakushi, p. 317). Although the title-page of the first volume states that the work is issued 'In two volumes', the preface announces a projected third, supplementary volume, which was published some four years later in 1913. What one ususally encounters are sets with the first two volumes dated 1910.
NLS, Mountaineering t182; Neate H68; Perret 2193 ('Ouvrage important sur l'Himalaya'); Yakushi (3rd ed.) H177c.