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MOSER, Henri.

A travers l’Asie centrale.

La steppe Kirghize - le Turkestan russe - Boukhara - Khiva - Le pays des Turcomans et la Perse.

Published: Paris: Edité par Plon-Nourrit & Cie, 1885

Stock code: 103020

Price: £295

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First edition. Attractively-produced account of an expedition into Russian Central Asia in 1882-3. Moser, by birth and training a horologist, had travelled extensively in Central Asia when in 1882 he was invited to join the suite of General Tchernaieff, who was on his way to Tashkent as the Tzar’s governor general. From Tashkent, Moser continued to Samarkand and Bukhara, sailed down the Amu Darya River on a boat to Khiva, crossed the Karakum Desert to Ashkabad, and then made his way via Bojnurd to Teheran, and across the Caspian to the Caucasus, the Black Sea and finally, in 1883, Istanbul. He accumulated a remarkable collection of central Asian artefacts, now held, undisplayed, by the Bern Historical Museum.

Quarto. Original red cloth, title gilt to the spine, and within elaborate framing to the front board, duck egg blue surface-paper endpapers, all edges gilt. Folding coloured map, 16 heliotypes, numerous illustrations to the text, many full-page. The cloth just a touch rubbed, contents mildly browned, with occasional foxing as usual, a very good copy.

Bibliography: Hage Chahine 3316; Yakushi M262a

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