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Mongolia, the Tangut Country and the Solitudes of Northern Tibet 9781578986866

Mongolia, the Tangut Country and the Solitudes of Northern Tibet

Being a Narrative of Three Year's Travel in Eastern High Asia

ISBN-10: 1578986869
ISBN-13: 9781578986866
PUBLISHER: Martino Publishing
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Product Description: Nikolai Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky [1839â¿¿1888), was a Russian geographer and explorer of Central and Eastern Asia. Although he never reached his final goal, Lhasa in Tibet, he traveled through regions unknown to the west, such as northern Tibet, modern Qinghai and Dzungaria. He significantly contributed to European knowledge on Central Asia and was the first known European to describe the only extant species of wild horse. In the following years he made four journeys to Central Asia: * 1870â¿¿1873 from Kyakhta he crossed the Gobi desert to Peking, then exploring the upper Yangtze (Chang Jiang), and in 1872 crossing into Tibet. He surveyed over 7,000 square miles, collected and brought back with him 5,000 plant, 1000 bird, and 3,000 insect species, as well as 70 reptiles and the skins of 130 different mammals.[3] * 1876â¿¿1877 travelling through Eastern Turkestan he visited what he believed to be lake Lop Nor, which had reportedly not been visited by any European since Marco Polo. [4] * 1879â¿¿1880 via Hami and through the Qaidam basin to lake Koko Nor. Then over the Tian Shan mountains into Tibet to within 260 km of Lhasa before being turned back by Tibetan officials; * 1883â¿¿1885 from Kyakhta across the Gobi to Alashan and the eastern Tian Shan mountains, turning back at the Yangtze. Then back to Koko Nor, and westwards to Khotan and Lake Issyk Kul. The results of these expanded journeys opened a new era for the study of geography in Europe as well as the studies of the fauna and flora of this area that was relatively unknown to his Western contemporaries. Among other things, he reported on the wild population of Bactrian Camels as well as the Przewalski's Horse and Przewalski's Gazelle named after him in many European languages. Przhevalsky's writings include Mongolia, the Tangut Country (1875) and From Kulja, Across the Tian Shan to Lob-Nor (1879) Octavo. Two Volumes in One. Includes the large color map missing in other reprint editions. Hardcover. 772 pages, illus., plates, large folding color map. London, S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876 $110

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