New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 428 pp. Very good. Item #CNFBV42
"William James Morden (1886-1958), a field associate for the Department of Mammalogy, and James L. Clark (1883-1969), a well-known scientist and the assistant director of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City organized a Morden-Clark Asiatic Expedition to the Pamir Mountains, in present-day Tajikistan, in 1926" (n.b., quote from a blog on the website of the Library of Congress dated September 6, 2018 by Anchi Hoh). The main goal of the expedition was to procure samples of the "Ovis poli", a rare sheep described by Marco Polo in his travel narratives.
During the course of their journey, which was incredibly rugged and difficult by today's travel standards, Morden and Clark had to "toil over snow filled passes and the highest mountains of the earth". They would pass through the country on camels, country which offered "heat and thirst and cold and blizzards...bandits and wild Mongol soldiers." They made it through, but only after "unflinching courage and great endurance; [and] a record of tact and diplomacy without which courage alone would have been of no avail. They endured torture and were very close to death, but they brought out their collections and records safely. They have made one of the great journeys of Central Asia..." (n.b., quotes from the book's Introduction by Roy Chapman Andrews).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full navy blue cloth, gilt lettering on front board and spine, top edge gilt, blue-toned photographic front endpapers, frontispiece a photograph of the author "After Release by Mongols", title page in red and black, profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographic half-tone illustrations (sixty-five plates on 63 pages), two full-page maps and one three-panel folding map, three diagrams/charts, sepia-toned photographic rear endpapers; octavo size (9.5" by 6.5"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xiv, 1-414 (includes two Appendices and the Index).
___CONDITION: Very good overall, the boards mostly clean, the gilt lettering deep and bright, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block, front hinge tender but board still solidly attached, rear hinge solid, the interior is clean and bright, collated complete, the folding map near fine, clean, without tears, with some unintended folds near to the original folds, the only prior owner markings being a gift inscription on the front flyleaf "To 'S.J.L.I.' from 'M.S.' Xmas 1929"; some light soil to the front board, a spot of more pronounced soil on the back board, rubbing to the head and tail of the spine with very small loss of the cloth at the joints. Lacking the dust jacket.
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