Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1911. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 1/4 x 7 1/2"). , xii, 470, pp. Modern orange cloth, with gold lettering to spine.
The author of this scarce study, Henri Marie Gustave d'Ollone, better known under the name of Henri d'Ollone (1868-1945) was a French military and explorer, brother of the composer Max d'Ollone. Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, he organized and participated in expeditions throughout Africa and Asia.
After several trips to Asia, he was put in charge of a scientific mission to study the non-Chinese peoples and cultures of China, and minorities coexisting within the Chinese Empire. From 1906 to 1909, Ollone, along with a team of specialists traveled about 5000 miles on horseback, in regions still little or not at all subjected to the central power, in an unstable geopolitical context.
His reports on geographical, archaeological, ethnographic and linguistic matters were published in this "Recherches sur les Musulmans Chinois" (Research on Chinese Muslims).
This work is profusely illustrated throughout with 91 in-text and full-page illustrated and b/w photographic reproductions, as well as a large folded map at rear.
Ex library copy, with bookplate on inside of front cover, reference number and notice at rear, and stamp at upper and lower paper edges. Inner margin of title page partly taped (not affecting lettering). Pages evenly age-toned throughout. Upper corner of pages slightly bumped. Text in French. Binding in overall good+ to very good, interior in good to good+ condition. g to g+. Item #43747