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First western account of the land of the living Buddha

Andrade, Antonio de Nuevo Descubrimiento del Gran Cathayo, o Reynos de Tibet, en el ano 1624. Madrid Luis Sanchez 1627
Second Spanish edition pp.[24]. A very good copy handsomely bound in early 20th century full morocco.
Cordier BS 2899; Streit V. 279

The Portuguese Jesuit, Antonio de Andrade (1580-1634), was sent to India in 1600. Four years later, disguised as a Hindu, he joined a caravan of pilgrims travelling to Garhwal and crossed the Himalayan range to the temple of Badrinath. Despite losing his guide and porters Andrade continued in extreme conditions to Tsaparang where he was received by the ruler of Guge. Andrade was the first European to cross the Himalayan range, the first to enter Tibet, and the first to return with a description of the country, its people, and their religion. His account was first published in Lisbon in Portuguese in 1626