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GESSAR KHAN

PUBLISHED: George Doran Company. New York. 1927


4to, First Edition, original light brown cloth, gilt tooled buddha

style image on front cover and gilt lettered, spine gilt, colour

patterned endpapers, pp.203, illustrated by Theodore Nadejen

with chapter headings & tail pieces plus full page plates,

bookplate on front paste-down, a fine copy.



In Peking in 1716, during the reign of Kanghi and at his order,

there appeared in the Mongolian language the legend of

Gessar Khan, Mythical hero of Asia, whose mighty exploits

had lived long on the lips of the people before they were

set forth in print. In 1836 the Imperial Academy of Sciences

in St. Petersburg authorized Isaac Jakob Schmidt, one of

its members, to prepare a new edition in Mongolian from

the earlier text, and three years later sanctioned a project

apparently very close to Professor Schmidt's heart, a

German translation. It is upon this German translation,

entitled Die Thaten Bogda Gessar Chans and published

in St. Petersburg in 1839, that the present version is

principally based, although reference has also been|

made to Benjamin Bergmann's account of the so-called

Little Gessar, translated from a Kalmuck original, and

included in Nomadische Streifereien, Volume III,

published in Riga in 1804. [Forward].

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