Jena, Hermann Costenoble, 1877. Large 8vo (21.9 x 14.1 cm). xl, 538 pp.; one coloured lithographed folding map and ten engraved plates and several text engravings. Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with red, gilt-bordered label, title in gilt.
First German edition of this report on Prschewalskij's [or Przewalski's] first expedition to Mongolia and Tibet. He undertook three more expeditions in later years, which made him the great discoverer of the region. He was one of the first foreigners to set foot in and describe the Lop Nor desert, the Altyn-Tagh mountains, and other areas. "Nikolay Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky [Polish: Nikołaj Michajłowicz Przewalski (1839-1888)] "...was a Russian geographer of Polish origin and a renowned explorer of Central and East Asia. Although he never reached his ultimate goal, the holy city of Lhasa in Tibet, he travelled through regions then unknown to the West, such as northern Tibet (modern Tibet Autonomous Region), Amdo (now Qinghai) and Dzungaria (now northern Xinjiang). He contributed significantly to European knowledge of Central Asia and was the first known European to describe the only extant species of wild horse which is named after him: Przewalski's horse" (Wikipedia). Private bookplate on the front pastedown, slight discolouring at the corner-edges of the first few leaves. An unusually fine and clean copy of this rare work. Henze IV, 437.