Title: Tibet in 1938-1939
Publisher: Serindia Publications, Inc
Book Condition: New
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 # V9781932476309
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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