[Volume 1] Results of a scientific mission to India and High Asia: undertaken between the years MDCCCLIV and MDCCCLVIII, by order of the court of directors of the hon. East India Company


Date: 1861



In 1854, on the recommendation of Alexander von Humboldt, the East India Company commissioned the three brothers, Hermann, Adolf, and Robert Schlagintweit to conduct a scientific expedition in the Himalaya region especially related to the Earth's magnetic field.

Between 1854-1857 they traveled, sometimes in company, sometimes separately, in the Deccan and in the region of the Himalayas, investigating beyond the frontiers of the company's territory into the region of the Karakorum and Kuen-lun mountains.

Hermann and Robert were the first Europeans who crossed the Kuen-lun, and in honor of that achievement the former had the title or surname of Sakunlunski bestowed upon him (in 1864). Robert returned to Europe early in 1857; Hermann, after a visit to Nepal, joined him on his homeward journey; but Adolf, who remained to prosecute his explorations in Central Asia, was put to death by the amir of Kashgar on the 26th of August.

Hermann and Robert then returned to Europe, where with Robert he published this four volume work with an atlas. One of the finest examples of topographical views in 19th century color lithography, printed by Storch & Kramer and W. Loeillet in Berlin, and Lemercier in Paris. Lithographed by Koch in Berlin and Sabatier in Paris, after watercolors by Hermann de Schlagintweit. Plates include spectacular views of snow-covered Mount Everest.

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Band 1: Astronomical determinations of latitudes and longitudes and magnetic observations: during a scientific mission to India and High Asia, Leipzig, 1861.

Band 2: General hypsometry of India, the Himalaya, and Western Tibet, with sections across the chains of the Karakorum and Kuenluen: comprising, in addition to messrs. de Schlagintweit's determinations, the data collected from books, maps, and private communications, Leipzig, 1862

Band 3: Route-book of the western parts of the Himalaya, Tibet, and Central Asia: and geographical glossary from the languages of India and Tibet, including the phonetic transcription and interpretation, Leipzig, 1863

Band 4: Meteorology of India: an analysis of the physical conditions of India, the Himalaya, western Tibet, and Turkistan, Leipzig, 1866

Atlas: Atlas of panoramas and views, with geographical, physical, and geological maps: dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen of England, Leipzig, 1861-1866

Elephant folio, 4 x 4to text volumes and 4 large atlas volume, in four original parts, printed title, dedication, 9 lithographed maps, 7 in color, metrological chart, 7 profiles and 29 plates, plate 7 on two sheets, plates 4, 6ll. and 18 with two illustrations, plates 21-23 on three sheets, all colored lithographed plates.


Bobins 1122; Yakushi S65 (4).

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Publisher: Leipzig and London: Brockhaus and Trubner & Co.




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Date Added: 2019-06-30

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