A DESERT JOURNAL: LETTERS FROM CENTRAL ASIA: Evangeline French, Mildred Cable & Francesca French A DESERT JOURNAL: LETTERS FROM CENTRAL ASIA: Evangeline French, Mildred Cable & Francesca French A DESERT JOURNAL: LETTERS FROM CENTRAL ASIA: Evangeline French, Mildred Cable & Francesca French A DESERT JOURNAL: LETTERS FROM CENTRAL ASIA: Evangeline French, Mildred Cable & Francesca French


Evangeline French, Mildred Cable & Francesca French

Published by Hodder & Stoughton & Constable & Co., London, 1934
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First impression of the true first edition complete with the sixteen two-tone photographic plates and folding map to rear, as called for. Unusually, the book has the publisher Constable & Co., 1934 on the title-page but Hodder & Stoughton on the spine of boards and dustwrapper. Black, white and red folding map to rear, showing: "'Map of Sinkiang (Chinese Turkestan) marking each Oasis on the main trade route across the Gobi Desert." Illustrated with sixteen black and white photographic plates throughout including half-page frontispiece showing: "Hiring Camels." ***Very good in royal-blue boards with black titles to spine and black titles and black facsimile signatures of the three authors to the front board. Top edge of front board creased and bumped. Corner-tips of boards slightly rubbed and very slightly bumped. Head and tail of spine slightly bumped. Contemporaneous owner's gift inscription to front free endpaper in black fountain pen ink: 'Grace, love and all good wishes for your birthday, 24. ix. 41, Florence.' Off-setting to front and rear free endpapers. Sporadic foxing to top edge and fore-edge of text-block. Interior pages clean. Map clean and bright. Short, closed tear to bottom edge of map (before it is folded out). Last few pages slightly creased at the lower edge. Spine tight. ***In a very good marbled-effect pale duck-egg blue black printed dustwrapper. Edges of dustwrapper slightly creased, browned and rubbed. Head and tail of spine of dustwrapper creased and rubbed. Corners of dustwrapper rubbed and creased. Spine of dustwrapper slightly discoloured. Front and rear panels of dustwrapper clean and bright. ***194 mm x 132 mm. 261 pages. "A Desert Journal" records in letters the three women's experiences as they traveled on their missionary journeys in Central Asia on behalf of the China Inland Mission to China, Tibet, Kashmir, Mongolia and Turkestan. ***'These Desert Journals [from June 18th, 1928 to September 21st, 1932] are personal letters sent home during a period of years spent on missionary journeys in central Asia. ***They were written in unusual places and in diverse circumstances. Sometimes in the shade of a Tibetan Lamasery, sometimes in the Palace of a Mongol Khan, occasionally from the sand hills of the Edzin Gol and often in a mud shelter of the great desert of Gobi.' (Quote from the preface by the authors). *** 'We are writing from a Tibetan Pass in the Richthofen Mountains. We are nomads once more, and our home is a small tent in which three tidy people can live in comparative comfort. By night the floor space is covered with bed bags, but during the daytime we pile these up to make a divan and a respectable reception-room is evolved. This well-made double-fly tent, lined with yellow cotton, fitted with capacious pockets and finished off with a fringed and stencilled dado of Indian design, is an unqualified success. Its powers of resistance to the wind are considerable. The gale which swept down the valley last night laid the preaching tent flat, but we lay snug and safe.' (Quote from Journal entry: Lamasery of the Tibetan Border, June 1st, 1929, page 46) ***First impression of the true first edition of 'A Desert Journal', especially hard to find to find in its original 1934 dustwrapper in nice collectable condition. Of interest to collectors of travel first editions and books on central Asia. Scarce. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc.***. Bookseller Inventory # 2999

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton & Constable & Co., London

Publication Date: 1934

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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