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|Author :||STEIN, M. Aurel.|
|Title :||INNERMOST ASIA: Detailed Report of Explorations in Central Asia, Kan-su & Eastern Iran, Carried Out & Described Under The Orders of H M Indian Government. With Signed Author's Dated Holographic Letter.|
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|AUTHOR'S SIGNED FIRST & ONLY LIMITED EDITION OF 765 COPIES |
. FIRST & ONLY LIMITED EDITION OF 765 SETS
A monumental work, well illustrated study on the trade route
countries of Central Asia. Always a rare set when complete.
"With descriptive lists of antiques by F.H. Andrews & F.M.G.
Lorimer; & appendices by J. Allan et al."
Volume 1, 2: text, 1159 pages, with text illustrations.
Vol. 3: 137 plates, 59 plans.
Vol. 4: 51 color folding maps in matching rose cloth case,
with index tabs.
M. AUREL STEINS PERSONAL COPY:
This is a very nice copy which was likely owned by the
author as hia personal letter was found used as a book mark
in one of the volumes.
The letter is 19 x 25.5 cm., plain toned white paper,
written by Sir Aurel Stein using a very wide fountain pen
and blue ink. The letter is in remarkable condition and has
been folded twice, but now is quite flat and solid.
WITH A VERY RARE HOLOGRAPHIC LETTER FROM AUREL STEIN:
"At Highbroom, Ewhurst, Guilford: February 15, 1925
Thanks for your letter of the 9th
inst. and the account rendered with it.
I note in the account of entry of
10/6 charged for the Return of Income Tax
for the years 1922-3 and 1923-4. As I was
absent from the United Kingdom during
the whole of these financial years, no
Income Tax was due from the royalties
received in these years on my behalf.
I accordingly request the favour of
an explanation as to how this charge
arises against my account, and hope for
a refund of the amount.
Perhaps Aurel Stein got his reply from the Income Tax office
and or this was a copy of his letter. It was found lost as a
"book mark" found in this set. A lovely insight to Stein,
and his thoughts on how the British government had wrongly
charged him Income Tax. A lovely holographic letter, written
in pen and ink, in his usual and steady hand.
Stein letters are rare and seldom found on the market.
FIRST & ONLY LIMITED EDITION OF 765 COPIES.
We understand that this set was issued in a Limited Edition
of only 765 complete copies, the balance of 250 sets were
incomplete as they lacked 48 maps.
THE MAPS AND MAP BOX VOLUME:
The matching map box is also in bound in rose cloth, 25.5 x
34 cm., and is 5 cm. thick. There is some minor and usual
wear to the upper and lower part of the hinged flap, with
some old mends. The contents consist of 47 maps each with
white index tabs, plus 4 other maps index tabs: "A,B,C,D,"
and the index, complete as issued.
This is the brightest and freshest copy we have ever had in
our 45 years of tenure. The cloth of the main three volumes
is nearly flawless, with bright rose color, brilliant gold
stamping on the spines and front covers. There is no
scuffing whatsoever, and the head/tails of the spines are
fresh with a few of the usual wrinkles expected. The joints
are strong, tight and the book appears to be by and large
unused. There are a few bumped corners: vol. 1: the front
upper right corner has a very small bump; vol. 2: faint and
very tiny hint of a bump on front lower right, else none;
vol. 3: front right and left, and rear corners tiny bump,
front lower right a larger bump, please see scans posted to
our website for photographs.
The set of three volumes all have the original dust jackets
each protected in mylar covers. There was some of the usual
wear to the unprotected dust jackets, and some restoration
with matching paper was performed from the inside to
stabilize the tears and small missing pieces. Overall the
jackets are nice with some repairs to the upper and lower
spine as well as corners and a few other spots here and
there. Finding this set with the dust jacket is
exceptionally rare and unusual. The set if ever found most
always lacks the dust jackets.
Arntzen I 506.
. *** Color scans of this and most other items are posted to our website.
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