Translated from the Italian by Diana Fussell; xvi, 245p., 80 B/W Illus., Map, Index, 24 cm. (Bibliotheca Himalayica Series I, Vol. 23, edited by H.K. Kuloy) (Originally pub. in 1953, Rome, Italy) (First English Publication pub. in 1977, Kathmandu)
CONTENTS: 1. Fourth visit to Nepal. 2. The past. 3. The present. 4. Visits in Kathmandu. 5. From Kathmandu to Gorkha Camps 1-9; September 15-24. 6. From Gorkha to Pokhara Camps 10-15; September 27-October 3. 7. From Pokhara to Tatopani Camps 16-20; October 9-13. 8. Towards the Tibetan border Camps 21-23; October 14-19. 9. Mustang Camps 24-28; October 20-24. 10. From the Tibetan border to the Indian border Camps 29-65; October 28-December7. 11. Statues and Pagodas.
In this new edition of his travelogue of an exploratory trek through Western Nepal in 1952, the legendary linguist and Tibetologist, Guiseppi Tucci, describes his experiences and discoveries as the first 20 century western scholar to travel through the region. His account preserves an invaluable record of the art, culture, social and religious practices of the inhabitants of Mustang, prior to the inevitable changes that have since occurred, with the intrusion of the modern world and regional politics into this ancient land.