STEIN, Marc Aurel, Sir (1862-1943). Ruins of Desert Cathay. Personal narrative of explorations in Central Asia and westernmost China. London: Macmillan, 1912. 2 volumes, 8° (237 x 166mm). Half titles, coloured frontispieces, many plates, a few coloured or folding, 3 large coloured folding engraved maps, publisher's advertisements at end of each vol. (2 maps with a clean tear, small stain at outer margin of first few leaves of vol. II). Original publisher's cloth, medallion embossed in gilt on front covers, flat spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut (a little rubbed, head and tail of spine slightly bumped). FIRST EDITION, blind-stamped stamp on titles: PRESENTATION COPY. "In May 1900 Stein set out on the first of several expeditions to the deserts of Chinese Turkestan which were to make him famous [...] Stein's great achievement, during this and two subsequent expeditions (1900-1, 1906-8, and 1913-16), was to establish the existence of a hitherto lost civilization along the Silk Route in Chinese central Asia [...] Stein was the first archaeologist to discover evidence of the spread of the Graeco-Buddhist culture of north-west India across Chinese Turkestan and into China itself" (ODNB).
M.A. STEIN. On Ancient Central-Asian Tracks. Brief narrative of three expeditions in innermost Asia and north-western China. London: Macmillan, 1933. 8° (167 x 235mm). Half title, coloured frontispiece, many plates, some folding, coloured lithographed folding map at end, publisher's advertisements at end (light marginal spotting). Original publisher's cloth, medallion stamped in gilt on front cover, flat spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut (Hard and tail of spinbe a little bumped). FIRST EDITION.