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* TURNER, Samuel (1749?-1802). An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; containing A Narrative of a Journey Through Bootan, and Part of Tibet. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., 1800.
4to (287 x 223 mm). Engraved folding route map, 13 engraved plates (one folding). (Some light spotting and offsetting, a few plates trimmed shaving imprint.) Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked to style, minor wear with repairs to corners, contents leaf torn and repaired with cello tape). Provenance: Richard Joseph Sullivan (armorial bookplate); Ducie 1864 (signature on title-page).
FIRST EDITION of the first printed account of a British mission to Tibet and Bhutan in English, the only account available in English until 1875. George Bogle preceded Turner to Tibet, but his account was not published until 1879. Turner and Bogle were both sent to explore the East India Company's commercial prospects with Tibet, and, hence, with China. Appendices include sections on Tibetan affairs 1785-93 and the Nepalese-Tibetan wars. Marshall 319; Yakushi T277.