Author of the book is Pierre Gabriel Édouard Bonvalot (13 July 1853 – 10 December 1933) was a French explorer of Central Asia and Tibet. Bonvalot was born in the commune of Épagne in the Aube department in north-central France. He was the son of Pierre Bonvalot and Louise-Félicie, née Congniasse des Jardins. He attended schooling at Troyes. In 1880–82 he visited Russian controlled Central Asia and returned to France via Bukhara, the Caspian Sea, and the Caucasus. His travels were financed by the Minister of Public Instruction. In 1886, he set out for Russian Central Asia with Guillaume Campu, a botanist, ethnographer, and doctor of natural sciences, and designer Albert Pépin. He crossed the Pamirs, Chitral, where he was detained for more than a month, and the Karakoram, until he reached Kashmir. He was rewarded for this expedition by the Société de Géographie in Paris. In Chitral he was arrested for suspicious spy of Russia but it has been proved as false.
This book is well-illustraded book on Chitral.