Tibet in 1938-1939

Isrun Engelhardt

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2007. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Laying dormant in the German Federal Archives in Koblenz are photographs from one of the most fascinating expeditions in history: the Ernst Schafer expedition to Tibet in 1938-39. This volume presents a selection of 150 photographs from that expedition, revealing lives in Tibet as it existed before World War II. Editor(s): Engelhardt, Isrun. Num Pages: 300 pages, 200+ b and w photographs illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FPCT; AJ; HBJF; HBLW. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 255 x 227 x 26. Weight in Grams: 1444. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This volume presents 150 photographs, most published here for the first time, of the famous (and infamous) Schäfer Expedition. In 1938, the German biologist Ernst Schäfer led a scientific expedition to Tibet. His team of scientists was able to record Tibetan life and culture with a level of detail previously unachieved by other Europeans. The photographs in this volume are one part of that record, documenting a vibrant traditional society in the early stages of its encounter with modernity. The Tibetans in the photographs, from high aristocrat to humble peasant, are now dead. Many of the temples and buildings where they worshipped, worked, and lived have been destroyed. This volume of photographs, and the essays that accompany them, portray a Tibet that existed not so long ago, but that has since become a memory.

Review: The 1938 Schäfer Expedition to Tibet forgotten by most, misunderstood by many produced the most extensive photographic record of Tibetan life prior to the Chinese invasion. The most fascinating of its photographs, beautifully reproduced and carefully captioned, are presented here, accompanied by illuminating essays on Schäfer and the compelling world he encountered. --Donald S. Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Michigan

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Book Description Serindia Publications, Chicago, USA, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Laying dormant in the German Federal Archives in Koblenz are photographs from one of the most controversial expedition in recent history: the Ernst Schäfer expedition to Tibet in 1938-1939. Ernst Schäfer (1910-1992), a zoologist who had earlier participated as a young student in the Brooke Dolan expedition to Eastern Tibet in 1930-1932 and led the one in 1934-1936, started his first own expedition with young German scientists to Tibet in 1938. This volume presents a selection of 150 largely unpublished photographs from that expedition. Revealing lives in Tibet as it existed before World War II, the photographs are documents of bygone lifestyles, buildings, and temples, and the self-confident people of Tibet at the verge of historical change. The expedition’s photographs capture a vision of Tibet that is not romantic Shangri-la, but of the people and their activities and interactions. They include portraits of prominent figures and places that no longer exist. As such these photographs not only uncover the facts about the expedition itself, but also are rich sources of information casting new light to the recent history of Tibet. With illuminating essays by Isrun Engelhardt, Bianca Horlemann, Clare Harris, Claudius Müller, and original reports by the expedition’s Sikkimese interpreter Rapten Kazi, this volume provides insights into the expedition’s movitation, results, and the subjects it aimed to study. The essays bring historical circumstances to the photographs, putting them in the context that enhances our understanding of Tibet. Printed Pages: 296 with 150 b/w illustrations. Size: 8.5 x 10 Inches. Bookseller Inventory # 018780

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