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Ruins of Desert Cathay

Ruins of Desert Cathay
Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China
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  • Date Published: September 2014
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108077552

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  • In this two-volume work, published in 1912, the Hungarian-born archaeologist Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943) describes his second expedition to the deserts of Chinese Turkestan in 1906–8. (His account of his first expedition, Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan (1903), is also reissued in this series.) Stein intended this account to be read by non-specialists, and, like his previous book, it is highly illustrated and full of interesting details about his journey and the people he met en route, as well as of the important archaeological discoveries which still link his name with the civilisation of this remote and dangerous area. As well as locating the western extremity of the Great Wall of China, Stein discovered the caves near the great trading post of Dunhuang which contained - walled up and almost perfectly preserved - manuscripts, sculptures, painted silks and other materials hidden by Buddhist monks nine hundred years previously.

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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108077552
    • length: 1582 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 96 mm
    • weight: 2kg
    • contains: 218 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Between Hydaspes and Indus
    2. Through Swat and Dir
    3. Across the Lowarai
    4. In Chitral
    5. Through Mastuj
    6. On the Darkot Pass
    7. In Afghan Wakhan
    8. To the source of the Oxus
    9. From Sarikol to Kashgar
    10. At Chini-Bagh, Kashgar
    11. To Yarkand and Karghalik
    12. Stay at Kök-yar
    13. Along the foot of the Kun-lun
    14. My return to Khotan
    15. To the Nissa glaciers
    16. On the Otrughul glacier
    17. In the Karanghu-tagh mountains
    18. A feast at Khotan
    19. By the desert edge of Khotan
    20. The shrines of Khadalik
    21. Sites around Domoko
    22. To Keriya and the Niya river
    23. At the Niya site ruins
    24. Records from a hidden archive
    25. Last days at a dead oasis
    26. To the Endere river
    27. From the Endere ruins to Charchan
    28. Along the Charchan river
    29. At Vash-shahri and Charklik
    30. Start for the Lop desert
    31. Across an eroded dry delta
    32. First excavations at the Lop-nor site
    33. Survey of the ancient station
    34. Records from an ancient rubbish heap
    35. Discovery of art remains
    36. Across the desert to the Tarim
    37. By the Tarim and Charchan Darya
    38. The ruined fort of Miran
    39. Finds of Tibetan records
    40. Ancient temples of Miran
    41. A dado of angels
    42. The frescoes of Miran
    43. A cycle of festive figures
    44. Mural painting of Buddhist legend
    45. The start for Tun-huang
    46. On old travellers' tracks
    47. The last of the dry Lop-nor
    48. A strange old lake bed
    49. First glimpse of an ancient frontier. Volume 2:
    50. Ruins en route to Tun-huang
    51. First halt at Tun-huang
    52. To the 'Caves of the Thousand Buddhas'
    53. A difficult start from Tun-huang
    54. By the ancient wall north of Tun-huang
    55. Discovery of Han records
    56. To the Nan-hu oasis
    57. Ancient remains for the future
    58. First excavations along the western limes
    59. Reconnaissances along the ancient wall
    60. Discoveries by the 'Jade Gate'
    61. The great magazine of the limes
    62. On the western flank of the limes
    63. Records from an ancient watch-station
    64. Return to the 'Thousand Buddhas'
    65. First opening of the hidden chapel
    66. A walled-up library and its treasures
    67. Buddhist pictures from the hidden chapel
    68. large paintings and other art relics
    69. A polyglot temple library
    70. Decorative art at the 'Thousand Buddhas'
    71. At An-hsi, the 'West Protecting'
    72. The ruins of Ch'iap-tzu
    73. The 'Valley of the Myriad Buddhas'
    74. In the mountains of the westernmost Nan-shan
    75. By the gate of the 'Great Wall'
    76. At Su-chou and its 'spring of wine'
    77. Through the Richthofen range of the Nan-shan
    78. Across the To-lai-shan range
    79. From the Su-lo Ho sources to Kan-chou
    80. From Kan-chou to the T'ien-shan
    81. At the Hami oasis
    82. Glimpses of Turfan ruins
    83. Kara-shahr and its old sites
    84. From Khora to Kuchar
    85. In the 'sea of sand'
    86. In a dead delta
    87. Salt marsh or ice?
    88. By the new Keriya river-bed
    89. More Taklamakan ruins
    90. From Ak-su to Yarkand
    91. Preparations at Khotan
    92. In the gorges of Polur and Zailik
    93. To the Yurung-kash glaciers-sources
    94. Across Tibetan plateaus
    95. On an old mountain track
    96. The search for the Yangi Dawan
    97. From the Kun-lun to London
    Index.

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    M. Aurel Stein

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