London: Trubner and Co., 1879.
Second edition. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 215 x 140 mm). clxv, [1, blank], , 362 pp. With frontispiece portrait of Warren Hastings, and seven engraved plates, one of which is folding. And with four folding maps, two of which have color.
Publisher's maroon cloth. Boards paneled in blind and stamped in blind with a central device. Spine lettered in gilt. Yellow coated endpapers. Spine lightly sunned. Two small library stickers on front pastedown, but with no library markings. Overall a very good copy.
"Clements R. Markham, the then president of the Royal Geographical Society of Britain, did a marvelous job when he started editing the largely unpublished accounts of the first British voyages to Tibet of George Bogle (1747–1781) and scholar Thomas Manning (1772–1840), who followed him. In the preface to the book Narratives of the Mission of George Bogle to Tibet, and of the Journey of Thomas Manning to Lhasa (London: Trubner & Co., 1876), Markham clarifies: 'In the long period that has intervened, since the first Governor-General [Warren Hastings] retired, no greater advances have been made towards the establishment of friendly commercial intercourse between [British] India and the countries on the northern side of the Himalaya than in the time of your Lordship [Northbrook]'s administration.' Markham decided to work on the book, because till that time, 'no full account of this important mission [of George Bogle had] been given to the world.' This is what happened with the remarkable journey of Thomas Manning also. 'These two gaps in the history of intercourse between [British] India and Tibet have now been filled up.' The book that Markham edited is based on these newly discovered information and knowledge." (SpotlightNepal, Vol: 07 No. -5 Aug. 9- 2013).