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The Heart Of A Continent: A Narrative Of Travels In Manchuria, Across The Gobi Desert, Through The Himalayas, The Pamirs, And Chitral, 1884 1894

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This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1896 edition by John Murray, London.
Published (first published January 1st 1904)
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Greynomad
If you attempted these travels today you either would be killed, ransom or imprisioned....
I would have loved to make these travels today.
Sophie Schiller
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written in 1904 with characteristic Victorian restraint, Younghusband details numerous expeditions of increasing complexity and military significance from 1884 to 1894, leading up to his game-changing invasion of Tibet. In this narrative, you will ride a bactrian camel across the Gobi, lodge in a Muslim inn in Kashgar, cross dangerous, uncharted passes in the Karakorum Range (of K2 fame), gaze upon the unsullied beauty of the Himalaya, and confront dangerous Hunza raiders.

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Matt Asher
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly vivid travel journal by the first European to cross the Gobi desert (perhapsNot. Marco Polo did it.). Typical quote:

"There was fortunately no sand about - we were on a gravel plain - but the small pebbles were being driven before the wind with great velocity, and hurt us considerably. The storm lasted for half an hour, and it was then as calm and bright as before, and much cooler."
Pramod Pant
A book like this has to flutter. Maps !

Maps make them flutter and bring them to life.

Without maps, it's a poor show. Publisher should have taken care of it.

Still, a fabulous endeavour, and a monument to human curiosity and energy . :)
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Sir Francis Edward Younghusband was born on 31 May 1863 in Muree on the North-West Frontier of British India (now in Pakistan), the son of Major-General John W. Younghusband and Clara Jane Shaw. Younghusband married Helen Augusta Magniac, with whom he had two children, a son who died in infancy and a daughter, Eileen Younghusband. Their daughter went on to become a prominent social worker. He died ...more

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