ANDERSON, T. S.
My Wanderings in Persia,
with Illustrations, and Map showing the Scientific Frontier in Afghanistan and the Russian Advance in Central Asia ; with Author's Routes, etc.
First edition, uncommon, decidedly so in the cloth. Eight copies only on Copac, OCLC adds just 11 more in libraries worldwide; one copy at auction in the last 40 years. Informative, if slightly gossipy, account of a lengthy sojourn in the region. “Anderson worked for the Indo-European [later Indo-Persian] Telegraph Company in Iran from June 1875 to March 1878; he was based in Shiraz from June-October 1875; then repairing lines from Shiraz – Kazeroon (based in Dashtarjin) until March the following year; Shiraz-Abadeh (Sevund, with leave at Dehbeed and Yazd) March-December 1876; Shiraz from January-March 1877; and finally in Tehran, repairing and establishing telegraph lines with iron poles, as the wooden ones were constantly stolen” (Simpson, “Making their Mark: Foreign Travellers at Persepolis” in Arta, 2009, p. 18).
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Octavo. Original green decorative cloth, titles gilt and elaborate embossed paneling in black to spine and front cover, pale cream endpapers. Frontispiece and 5 other plates, folding map with routes in colour. Somewhat rubbed and soiled, some light soiling, mild toning, title page and one other leaf a little ragged at the edge, short split on a fold to the map, but overall very good.