Nepal and the Himalayan Countries


Isabelle Massieu (1844–1932) was a French writer and traveler who became the first French woman to visit Nepal. Beginning in 1892, she undertook a series of journeys from her native Paris that took her to nearly all parts of Asia and resulted in the publication of several popular books. Népal et pays himalayens (Nepal and the Himalayan countries) is a first-hand account of her 1908 voyage from the Sutlej Valley in northern India across Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim to Tibet. Massieu describes the people, landscape, and architecture of the countries visited, the town of Katmandu, capital of Nepal, the spectacular temple of Changu Narayana, and economic activities such as the production of tea. Also included are accounts of her encounters with Swedish explorer, geographer, and travel writer, Sven Hedin; French social psychologist and anthropologist Gustave Le Bon; French indologist Sylvain Lévi; and Catholic missionary, lexicographer, and Tibetan scholar Père Desgodins. The book includes six maps and many photographs and illustrations.

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Felix Alcan, Paris


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Népal et pays himalayens

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227 pages, [1] pages, illustrations (including maps), XL plates (including portraits). 25 centimeters

Last updated: September 18, 2015