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TURNER, SAMUEL. An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; containing a Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and Tibet . . . Second Edition. 13 etched plates, including folding table of Tibetan characters; folding map. xxviii, 473 pages. 4to, 292x237 mm, contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked; varying toning of text and offsetting from engraved matter, scattered minor stains, ink accession number on title verso. Early 19th-century bookplates of the Library Company of Baltimore on front pastedown; small embossed stamp of the Peabody Institute on title and plates. London: W. Bulmer and Co. for G. and W. Nicol, 1806
First published in 1800, "Turner's Account . . . was the first eye-witness report on Tibet and Bhutan to be published in English. The book remained the only account of those countries available to English readers until the publication in 1876 of the journals of George Bogle and Thomas Manning. Through the editions that quickly followed in French (1800), German (1801), and Italian (1817), the book had a considerable impact on the European imagination" (ODNB).