1937 · London
First edition: A thorough account of Stein's first two archeological journeys, carried out in 1931–33. Born in Budapest, Stein (1862–1943) studied Sanskrit and Old Persian, archeology, and mapmaking before beginning a career in teaching in India; he eventually became a British citizen, and embarked on a series of expeditions during which he obtained, among other things, sculptures, textiles, the earliest known records of daily Indian life (ca. 105 ad), and — most famously and controversially — a treasure trove of manuscripts and paintings from the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. The present meticulously detailed travelogue is illustrated with numerous photographic plates (including 34 at the back of the volume, depicting large numbers of samples of ceramics and pottery, some of which are in color), in-text maps, and one oversized folding map.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Publisher's red cloth, spine with gilt-stamped title, front cover with gilt-stamped title and gilt embossed medallion of Athena; without dust jacket, spine and edges sunned, covers showing minor smudges. Dedication page with rubber-stamped numeral in lower margin, with pencilled note "withdrawn." This copy without the pocket and two folding maps expected therein — with no sign or trace of their removal at the back of the volume, but curiously with many blank leaves after the last plate, as if to balance the non-present maps, and with the portion of the "list of plans" relevant to the absent maps obscured by an affixed rectangle of matching paper. A solid, internally clean, eminently enjoyable copy of these important observations, priced to reflect its "omissions. (Inventory #: 39549)