Innermost Asia. Detailed report of explorations in Central Asia, Kan-su and eastern Iran.
Oxford Oxford 1928
First edition Four volumes, folio, pp.xxxix, 547, xii, (549)-1159, 505 illustrations, 138 plates, 13 in colour, 59 plans, 52 folding maps. A very good set in original cloth, torn dust wrappers. From the library of Stein's friend and colleague, Filippo de Filippi, with his bookplate.
The detailed scientific report on the author's third great Central Asian Expedition of 1913-16. From Kashmir Stein followed the pilgrim route to Kashgar, crossed the Taklamakan desert to Khotan, and explored the Lop desert discovering the ancient site of Lou-lan. He revisited the "Caves of the Thousand Buddhas", pushed down the Etsin-gol and investigated Khara-khoto, the site first discovered by Colonel Kozlov. From there to Turfan, where the expedition secured "a considerable collection of interesting mural paintings from ruined Buddhist shrines". When arrangements had been made to transport the 182 cases of antiquities collected to Kashmir, Stein crossed the Pamirs and the valleys of the Upper Oxus passing Bokhara and Samarkand on his way to Sistan. The map volume contains an index map, 47 sheet maps of portions of Chinese Turkestan and Kansu from surveys made during the explorations of 1900-01, 1906-08, and 1913-15, on a scale of 1:500,000, and four related maps.