SIKHIM & DARJEELING. Complete copy of the 1917 1st edition of Percy Brown’s Touors.
Brown, Percy: Tours in Sikhim and the Darjeeling District. With Map and Contours. W. Newman & Co. [Calcutta] 1917 1st edition 8vo.
Large folding sketch map of Sikhim (bound in at rear, not in a pocket as in later editions), 3 folding sheets of profiles (Kanchenjunga group from Pamionchi, Everest range from Sandalkphu, folding road profiles), 136pp. Original buff card front cover with red title, rear cover, a little chipped, and paper spine are cleverly matched paper replacements. Contents generally very clean with large map, often missing, neatly folded, like the others. There is a faint vertical fold mark to the first half of the book which would probably disappear if placed in a press for some time. Small book plate to inside of front cover From the Library of Peter Hopkirk. Most of the copies of this title to be found are the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions which were produces between 1927 & 1944. The first is rather scarce.Oct15/3
Peter Hopkirk [1930 -2014] was a soldier, journalist, writer of books about India and Central Asia, best remembered for The Great Game, and an avid collector of books. Much of his collection was sold at Sotheby’s in 1998. Incidentally he was a good friend and bought books and maps from us over the years.