Inscribed Early Work by Aurel Stein

Notes on Ou-K’ong’s Account of Kacmir (Kaçmīr). (Sitzungsberichte der Kais. Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien. Philosophisch-Historische Classe. Band CXXXV.)

Wien: In commission bei Carl Gerold’s Sohn, 1896. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed on a front cover. Text in English. In publisher’s printed wrappers. 32 p. Cover slightly dusted, chipped at edges. Water stain to lower, tear to upper edge of rear cover. Inside clean. Overall in very good condition.

Inscribed copy of the first edition of Stein’s report on the recently discovered travelogue of the Chinese pilgrim Ou-k’ong (Wukong; ca. 730–790), focusing on the history of Kashmir.

Sir Marc Aurél Stein (1862–1943) was a Hungarian born British archaeologist, mainly concerned with exploring ancient Central Asia. Member of “The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire” as Knight Commander (KCIE), and Fellow of British Academy. He made four major expeditions to Central Asia in 1900, 1906–1908, 1913–1916 and 1930. His greatest discovery was made at Mogao Caves, also known as “Caves of the Thousand Buddhas”, near Dunhuang in 1907. The Stein collection (mostly manuscripts and other relics) has been placed in the British Library, the British Museum, and partly to the Srinagar Museum and the National Museum in New Delhi.


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