1876 A Ride to Khiva: Travels and Adventures in Central Asia
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Colour Plates, Early Edition, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The second edition of British Army intelligence officer Frederick Burnaby's travel work about the Uzbekistan city of Khiva, published the year of the first edition.
Illustrated with a folding colour map frontispiece, and two folding colour maps in pockets to front and rear pastedowns. Collated, complete.
In this work Burnaby documents his journey on horseback from Russian Asia to the Khanate of Khiva, at a time when war had broken out between the Russian army and the Turcoman tribesmen. He departed from London Victoria in November 1875, and he accomplished his journey through the winter.
He caught frostbite during the extreme winter blizzards, and he took three weeks to recover, being close to death. He evaded the Russian army, and was met by the Khan of Kokan's noblemen. His work outlined the details of the meetings once he arrived in Khiva.
With a five page catalogue to the rear.
The second edition of a fascinating work.
In the publisher's original pictorial cloth binding. Bumping to back strop head and tail, with areas of discolouration to front board. Cloth to head of rear joint starting. Hinges strained, and a touch tender. Internally, firmly bound. Pages clean and bright.
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