Travels between the Oxus & Indus rivers in the old Afghan – Indian borderlands


Schomberg, Colonel R C F: Between the Oxus and the Indus. Hopkinson [London] 1935 1st edition 8vo.

Folding map, 16 photo illustrations, 275pp. Smartly re-bound in blue cloth gilt of the same colour as the originl Hopkinson binmding but using much strong cloth, fine condition and the contents very clean with map neatly folded. Schomberg writes of the Gilgit Agency, Hunza and its people, the Yasin valley, etc. Some five chapters deal with the habits, customs, etc of the Hunza people and there is a chapter on the Hunza-Nagir War of 1891. Yakushi S 82.    feb18/3

Colonel Reginald Charles Francis Schomberg, D.S.O., C.I.E. [1880-1958] was commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders. He served in India from 1902, in the Malay States Guides 1910, Mesopotamia 1915, Palestine 1919, India 1922, Ladakh 1923, retiring from the Army in 1927. British Consul General for the French Indian possessions at Pondicherry between 1936=38 , then for the Portuguese possessions 1939, consular liaison officer on the Indo-Persian border, 1943-44, in Force 136 of SOE in Chinese Turkestan 1944-45. A fascinating but somewhat mysterious figure, Schomberg’s books reflect his travels, explorations, and photography in Central Asia. His complicated military career, seldom with his regiment, has led some to suspect he was a spy or at least a late participant in the Great Game. He later trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood.


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