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Across Thibet

Across Thibet
Being a Translation of De Paris au Tonkin à travers le Tibet inconnu
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108046350

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  • The French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) travelled widely in Central Asia in the 1880s. This two-volume English translation by C. B. Pitman of the 1889–90 French original was published in 1891. It describes Bonvalot's expedition across Europe and Asia to French Indochina. Accompanied by Prince Henri d'Orléans whose father, the Duc of Chartres, financed the expedition, Bonvalot left Paris in July 1889. The expedition travelled across Russia and south through Siberia to Tibet, encountering considerable obstacles, including temperatures reaching 40 degrees below zero and altitude sickness affecting many of the party. They obtained formal permission to enter Tibet despite the Lhasa government's policy of turning away foreigners, and Bonvalot was fascinated with the polyandry and polygamy practised by the Tibetans. The expedition continued to China's Yunnan province and Tonkin in northern Vietnam, reaching Hanoi in 1890; they returned to France by sea.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108046350
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 111 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Translator's preface
    1. Among the Lamas
    2. To Kourla
    3. From Kourla to Tcharkalik
    4. Exploration of the Lob Nor
    5. From Tcharkalik to the Koum Dawan
    6. Ascent of the Koum Dawan
    7. A death in the caravan
    8. A wilderness of mountains. Volume 2:
    9. Among the Thibetans
    10. Awaiting orders from Lhassa
    11. Presents from Lhassa
    12. So and its Lama-House
    13. Native customs and characters
    14. From Lagoun to Changka
    15. Batang, Tatsien-Lou, and Tonquin

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