This work does not claim to be anything more than a plain account of my journeys through Asia during the years 1893 to 1897. It has been written for the general public, and presents nothing more than a description of my travels and the more memorable of my experiences -- not by any means the whole of my experiences. To have recorded everything that I set down in my note-books would have swelled out the book to twice its existing length. Nevertheless those portions of my journey which I have merely touched upon, or have passed over altogether in silence, will not, I trust, be altogether lost. If this book is received with the indulgence which I venture to hope for it, I propose to issue a supplementary volume, to contain a multitude of matters of varied interest and of not less importance than those contained in these pages.
For these reasons the great bulk of the scientific observations I made find no place in the present volumes. All the same, I believe the geographer will be able to discover in them something or other that will be of interest to him.
In this place I will content myself with a bare mention of the scientific labors, upon which the chief part of my time, energy, and attention was constantly expended -- the drawing of geological sections of the meridional border ranges on the east side of the Pamirs and of the mountain-chains of the Kwen-lun system; the collecting of anthropometrical meas-