The author of the book was Sir Thomas Edward Gordon KCIE CB CSI (1832 – 1914) was a Scottish soldier, diplomat, and traveler. A British Army officer, he fought in India, served as a diplomat in Tehran, and traveled across the Pamirs. These days he is primarily remembered as an author of several books about India, Persia (modern-day Iran), and Central Asia of the 19th century. In 1873-1874 he participated in the Second Yarkand Mission led by Thomas Douglas Forsyth. The main goal of the expedition was to meet Yakub Beg, the ruler of Chinese Turkestan. Gordon also joined a party that traveled west to the Pamirs and Wakhan. Gordon was accompanied on the mission by John Biddulph, Ferdinand Stoliczka, Henry Walter Bellew, Henry Trotter, and R. A. Champman. In 1876 Gordon published his account of the expedition. This book is very important to study the history of Central Asia and Chitral. He did something about Khowar language of Chitral.