Clark, Robert Sterling & Sowerby, Arthur de Carle: THROUGH SHEN-KAN. The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China, 1908-09. London, 1912. 8, 247 pp. 6 colour plates, 58 b/w plates. Colour map frontispiece, large folding map in end pocket. 26x20 cm. Cloth.
Unique association copy of the scarce report of a scientific expedition that lasted eighteen months from the autumn of 1908. Sowerby and Clark travelled through northern China from Taiyuan in Shanxi through the provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu to Lanzhou. In addition to the description of the places and people, Sowerby (in his role as naturalist) discusses and illustrates the animals seen en-route. In addition to the photographs, there are six coloured plates reproducing water-colours done by Sowerby during the journey. The large foldout map in the end pocket shows in detail the route of the expedition. A few marks to the cover, otherwise a fine copy. The association: Inscribed by the author in the middle of the blank frontpaper: 'To my best friend and more. From Arthur de Carle Sowerby'. Inscribed at the top of the frontpaper: 'The gift of my dear son. Christmas 1912. Prov.10.1: A wise son maketh a glad father. Arthur Sowerby'. Arthur Sowerby was indeed Arthur de Carle Sowerby's father. He was a missionary in China and became tutor to Yuan Shikai, the first President of China. There is also a black-and-white portrait photograph of Arthur de Carle Sowerby inscribed on the back: 'Arthur de Carle Sowerby 1941' in A. de C. Sowerby's writing. Finally, discovered when examining the folding map in the back pocket, is a lengthy review of 'Through Shen-Kan' from the Westminster Gazette, January 25, 1913.
Subjects: Travel Geography
Available, as of: 01/09/2019
Was item 61 in printed List 196.
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