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In Secret Tibet by Theodore Illion 1st / 1st 1937

In Secret Tibet by Theodore Illion 1st / 1st 1937


First UK edition published by Rider & Co in 1937. This is a very good copy. The jacket is torn at the top and bottom of the spine and twice to the bottom of the back panel. There is chipping to the corners. It displays the price on the spine of 5/- net. The jacket is worn in places albeit scarce to find in any condition.  The book itself is in excellent condition with very clean boards and paper. There are minor foxing marks to a couple of pages. Overall a very good copy. 


The Canadian travel writer claimed to have travelled into Tibet in disguise during the 1930's and then wrote two books about what he claims he saw, this was the first one 'In Secret Tibet'. His observations bore more than just a resemblance to Alexandra David-Neel's 'In Magic and Mystery in Tibet' published several years before. Not perturbed by the criticism levelled at him, he 'doubled down' and wrote 'Darkness over Tibet' where he claimed to have stumbled into a magic cave. Although Illion can be accused of being economical with the truth, both of his Tibet books are highly entertaining and this one with the fugitive dust wrapper is scarce.  

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