The Pamirs and Adjoining Territories of Central Asia and India.
1896 (dated) 25 x 25.5 in (63.5 x 64.77 cm)
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This is a rare 1896 map of the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia. The map was commissioned by George Nathaniel Curzon to accompany his paper The Pamirs and the Source of the Oxus, which he read at the Royal Geographical Society on February 18, 1895. The Pamir Mountains are a mountain range in Central Asia at the junction of the Himalayas with the Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, Hindu Kush and Hindu Raj ranges. They are among the world's highest mountains. Curzon's paper, The Pamirs and the Source of the Oxus, was published in The Geographical Journal over three issues in July, August, and September of 1896. The map was printed to accompany the first part of Curzon's paper in the July 1896 issue.
This map was compiled by H. Sharbau, under the direction of The Right Honorable G.N. Curzon, M.P. There are few known examples of Curzon's map in institutional collections and it is rare on the market.
George Nathaniel Curzon (1859-1925), known as Lord Curzon, was an English noble, avid adventurer, and avid proponent of British imperialism. He became a member of the House of Commons in 1886 and subsequently served in several government positions. Lord Curzon made several trips to Asia, touring Russia and Central Asia, Persia, Siam, French Indochina, Korea, and Afghanistan and the Pamirs. He wrote books about his travels, including Persia and the Persian Question as well as articles for newspapers. He was Viceroy of India from 1899-1905, and upon his return to Britain he was named a member of the House of Lords and joined the Cabinet in 1915. Curzon served as Foreign Secretary from 1919 until 1924, and was passed over for Prime Minister in 1923.
The Pamirs and the Source of the Oxus, The Geographical Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, July 1896.
Very good. Backed on original linen.