Title:Bhutan and Tibet: An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama in Tibet Containing a Narrative of a Journey Through Bootan, and Part of Tibet
Author:Captain Samuel Turner
Remarks:B&W Illustrations and Appendix.
Size:225 x 288 mm
“They chatted together in great good humour, and frequently joined in loud bursts of laughter. The disposition was contagious, nor could we view such honest mirth without a smile.” Samuel Turner describes one of many encounters with largely surprised local population during his journey behind the Himalayas.
Although Samuel Turner's visit to Bhutan and Tibet in 1783 was primarily motivated by both political and commercial interests, his narrative covering his travels is much more entertaining than would first be surprised.
Bhutan, as it is to a large part even now, was a reclusive country, little known outside its mountains borders. Like Tibet it has intrigued explorers, adventure seekers, religious scholars and those in search of its mystical qualities since its fame first spread.
Both Bhutan and Tibet have remained relatively mysterious places even to this day. After more than two hundred years, this book has a place in history, a jewel set in prose to recall an era long past.
Samuel Turner, a draughtsman and surveyor, led an expedition in 1783 to Bhutan and then to Tibet and which resulted in this book with its interesting journal and superb paintings, providing a much more detailed view of Bhutan for Western readers.