KNIGHT, Captain William. Diary Of A Pedestrian in Cashmere and Thibet. London, Richard Bentley, 1863.
8vo. Original green pebble-grained cloth, gilt vignette to upper board, gilt title and pictorial vignette to spine; pp. xvi, 385, 8 (publisher's catalogue), lithographic frontispiece in three colours, 7 lithographic plates in three colours, 8 full page woodcuts, one original specimen of a piece of text from a Tibetan prayer wheel mounted onto captioned sheet (frequently lacking), 27 woodcut illustrations to text; light wear to extremities, hinges re-inforced; a rather nice copy.
First edition. Knight, a British officer based in India, in 1860 gained 6 months' leave of absence and undertook a journey through the foothills of the Himalayas from Srinagar, via Zoji la and Hemis, to Ladakh. His diary of the journey describes numerous monasteries, tombs and ruins as well as the lives of the inhabitants of the villages and towns through which he passed. He tried to understand the essence of Tibetan Buddhism and apparently surreptitiously emptied the contents of a prayer wheel.
Yakushi (3rd ed.) K247.