34 plates of antiques (6 coloured), 88 photographic illustrations and 26 plates, 18 sketch plans, 2 skeleton maps and 2 large folding maps of Baluchistan, Kerman and the Gulf Coast in pocket at end.
Original decorative cloth, top edges gilt, remainder uncut. Leicester Libraries blind-stamp to upper outer corner of many leaves, but a very good, clean, bright, tight copy. Large 4to. p.p. xx, 267.
Covers explorations and excavations on Alexander’s Campaign in the Punjab, in Persian Makran and South-Eastern Iran, and along the Persian Gulf Coast. Stein is of course one of the towering figures of Central Asian exploration and archaeology. Sir Leonard Woolley called his expeditions ‘the most daring and adventuresome raid upon the ancient world that any archaeologist has attempted’. Some people take a different view. China, home to the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas excavated (and ‘looted’) by Stein, views him more as scholar-brigand.
Reference number: BK000272