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RUINS OF DESERT CATHAY: Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China. With Numerous Illustrations

RUINS OF DESERT CATHAY: Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China. With Numerous Illustrations, Colour Plates, Panoramas and Maps from Original Surveys.

Stein, M. Aurel. (1862-1943). 2 volumes; large octavos, original reddish brown cloth with gilt spine title and cover ornament, top edge gilt; xxxviii, 546; xx1, 517 pp., leaf of publisher advertisements at rear of second volume. Illustrated with 334 plates from photographs, 13 color plates and panoramic views, 3 folding maps. A monumental work by one of the great scholar explorers of the late 19th - early 20th centuries. Marc Aurel Stein was born in 1862 to Jewish parents in Hungary and later became a British citizen. He spoke Hungarian and German in the home and learned French, English, Greek, and Latin at Catholic and Lutheran schools in Budapest. His advanced studies in ancient Persian and Sanskrit in Germany and Austria earned him a PhD from the University of Tubingen in 1883. The following year he went to England to continue his studies of Asian languages and began to study archaeology. In 1887 he went to India to work in educational administration. His career as an explorer on the ancient Silk Road of Central Asian began with a major expedition during the years 1900-01. The second, and most important of his explorations, which is the subject of "Ruins of Desert Cathay" was undertaken in 1906-08. It was in 1907 in Chinese Turkestan that he discovered a trove of thousands of manuscripts walled up in a room in the "Cave of a Thousand Buddhas," including a block printed roll of the Buddhist text "The Diamond Sutra" dating to 868 CE, now considered to be the oldest known printed book. Stein died in Kabul in 1943. Trace of labels removed from spine foot of each volume, but no library markings internally, short split to bottom of rear joint of vol. 2, moderate spotting to edges, old bookstore sticker (Books Inc., San Francisco) on rear pastedown of first volume, contents fine; maps apparently never unfolded
WINE-MAKING IN CALIFORNIA (in Harper's New Monthly Magazine No. CLXIX

WINE-MAKING IN CALIFORNIA (in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine No. CLXIX, June, 1864).

Haraszthy, Arpad]. 142, (8) pp., illustrated; octavo, sewn gatherings in original decorative wrappers. Pages 22-30 contain an anonymous article relating a detailed description of the operations of the Buena Vista Viticultural Association at Agoston Haraszthy's Buena Vista Ranch and Vineyard in Sonoma, California. Article includes 11 wood engraved illustrations: views of the ranch house and vineyard; the winery buildings; the cellars; the fermentation tanks; and 3 figures showing vines prepared for propagation and 5 figures showing methods of training vines and pruning. The text incudes several references made in the third person to Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869), which would seem to eliminate him as author of this article, though Haraszthy's seminal work "Grape Culture, Wines, and Wine-Making, with Notes Upon Agriculture and Horticulture" was published by Harper & Brothers in 1862 and the work is credited as a source for the figures noted above. Author Brian McGinty in his "Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy" (Stanford, 1998) attributes authorship of this article to Agoston's son Arpad Haraszthy (1840-1900). Arpad was cellarmaster at Buena Vista from 1862-64, when he resigned to form a partnership with Pietro Giovanari, vineyard overseer for Arpad's father-in-law and fellow Sonoman Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. He went on to an illustrious career as an award-winning winemaker and wine writer, publishing 4 articles in Overland Monthly Magazine in 1871 under the same title as this 1864 article. In 1880 he was elected the first president of the California Board of State Viticultural Commissioners. Scarce. Chips to spine portion of wrappers, moderate soiling to wrappers, creases and short tears to edges, overall near very good