The Great Plateau.
Being an Account of Exploration in Central Tibet, 1903, and of the Gartok Expedition, 1904-1905. London Edward Arnold 1905
First edition pp.xii, 324, 32 plates, 2 folding colour maps. A very good copy in original cloth. Bookplate of Royal United Service Institution (with disposed stamp) on front end-paper, small stamp on free end-paper & remains of paper label on spine. Without internal or other markings.
Yakushi R98; Marshall 903; Howgego 1850-1940, 797
Cecil Godfrey Rawling (1870-1917), soldier and explorer, surveyed some 97,000 square kilometres of Tibet, and produced some of the first charts of the foothills of Everest. Accompanied by Bailey, Ryder and Wood, he surveyed the route from Gyantse to the source of the Brahmaputra, which he was the first to discover. He returned to India over the Shipki Pass. This book contains an invaluable account of not just the geography but the people, wildlife, and local politics of the regions he passed through, and is punctuated by a characteristic wit and zeal that his contemporaries, in his obituary, recognised as the "courage, modesty and kindness of heart" that a true Victorian explorer should possess. Rawling later, in 1909, was one of the first Europeans to explore Dutch New Guinea, as described in his The Land of the New Guinea Pygmies (1913).