Title: Altai-Himalaya: A Travel Diary.
Publisher: Abbeyville Press, Brookfield
Publication Date: 1983
Edition: Second Edition.
A Fine copy in a complete dust jacket with two long closed tears to the rear panel of the jacket. Roerich was a Russian painter, writer, theosophist and philosopher who in the 1920s went on the five-year long 'Roerich Asian Expedition' that, in Roerich's own words: "started from Sikkim through Punjab, Kashmir, Ladakh, the Karakoram Mountains, Khotan, Kashgar, Qara Shar, Urumchi, Irtysh, the Altai Mountains, the Oryot region of Mongolia, the Central Gobi, Kansu, Tsaidam, and Tibet" Between the summer of 1927 and June 1928 the expedition was thought to be lost, since all contact from them ceased for a year. They had been attacked in Tibet and only the "Superiority of our firearms prevented bloodshed. In spite of our having Tibet passports, the expedition was forcibly stopped by Tibetan authorities." The expedition was detained by the government for five months, and forced to live in tents in sub-zero conditions and to subsist on meagre rations. Five men of the expedition died at this time. In March 1928 they were allowed to leave Tibet, and trekked south to settle in India, where they founded a research center, the Himalayan Research Institute. This diary of his exploits during this period was originally published in 1929 and is here reissued for the first time. Bookseller Inventory # 23459
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