(KAZAKHSTAN.) KULITOV, Dzhek Galiakparovich) (ed.) Dvadsat' let Kazakhstana.
Leningrad : 1940First edition of just 4,100 copies, extremely uncommon, WorldCat locates copies at the universities of Kansas and Hawaii only. Edited by the then first secretary of the Kazakh Communist Party, this is a spectacular, if fragile, visual celebration of the establishment of Soviet Kazakhstan, originally founded as the Kirghiz Autonomous Socialist Soviet... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 133938
AFGHANISTAN. Operations in Waziristan 1919-1920.
Delhi : 1923Second edition, 1,900 copies printed, following the first of 1921 (Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing), the note following the title page reading, "This edition cancels the previous (1921) edition, copies of which should be destroyed". Of the three end-pocket maps, two (No. 4 General Map and Sketch Map) are dated 1923, so are presumably updated... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140308
BAEDEKER, Karl. Russland.
Leipzig : 1912Seventh edition of Baedeker's Russia, also covering Poland, Finland, the Caucasus, modern-day Uzbekistan, as well as Tehran and Peking as stated in the title; the first edition, published in 1883, covered western and central Russia only. Text in German. An attractive copy in the rare dust jacket. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 143865
BOBRINSKOI, Aleksiei Aleksieevich, count. Ornament gornykh tadzhikov Darvaza (Nagornaia Bukhara)
Moscow : 1900First and only edition of this excellent visual record of the traditional designs of the Darvaz Pamiris, an ethnic Tajik group settled in that region on the Panj river, a tributary of the Amu Darya or Oxus in the south eastern part of Bukhara, now part of the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Superb quality "phototype" plates of textiles, the... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144207
BOULGER, Demetrius Charles. The Life of Yakoob Beg;
London : 1878First edition of this uncommon life of this "remarkable Muslim adventurer" (Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, p. 322) from Piskent, Kokand - now Uzbekistan - who became ruler of Kashgaria. He signed treaties of amity and commerce with both Russia and Britain, but crucially failed to get them to support him against the Chinese. He died in 1877, after his... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 109139
CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri Face of Asia.
New York : 1972First edition, first printing. Signed by Cartier-Bresson on the half title. Cartier-Bresson's stunning photographs were taken over a period of twenty years, capturing daily life as well as historical upheavals, such as Gandhi's death or the transition of China into The People's Republic. Countries covered are Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Uzbekistan, Mongolia,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 141594
CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Face of Asia.
New York : 1972First edition, first printing, published simultaneously in Canada and preceding the French and UK editions. Cartier-Bresson's stunning photographs were taken over a period of twenty years, capturing daily life as well as historical upheavals, such as Gandhi's death or the transition of China into The People's Republic. Countries covered are Turkey,... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 143800
CENTRAL ASIA. Russian Missions into the Interior of Asia.
London : 1823First edition of these rather scarce English versions of three important early Central Asian narratives, published as part of Sir Richard Phillips's New Voyages and Travels series, and including that of "intrepid Murav'ev", described by Peter Hopkirk as the first Russian player of the Great Game, published his report on what is now Uzbekistan in 1822.
"The... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 106587
CHIZHEVSKII, Aleksandr Leonidovich. Strukturnyi analiz dvizhushcheisia krovi (The Structural Analysis of Moving Blood).
Moscow : 1959First edition, inscribed by the author on the front endpaper verso, "To big Misha for good memory. Prof. A.L. Chizhevskii. May 8, 1960". This was one of the last publications of Alexander Chizhevskii (1897-1964), the eminent Soviet interdisciplinary scientist and the founder of heliobiology and aero-ionization, and widely considered to be his magnum... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 137282
DIVANOV, Khudaibergen. Eighteen original photographs of Khiva and its people.
Khiva : c.1920Eloquent and atmospheric sequence of images showing the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva during a period of rapid transition, the work of Khudaibergen Divanov, Uzbekistan's first photographer whose life and fate mirrored his times. Proscribed and executed in Stalin's Great Purge, vintage prints from Divanov's studio are exceptionally scarce.
All... Learn More£29,250.00
Stock Code: 113773
DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:
London : 1738-41Second and most complete English edition of Du Halde's encyclopaedic survey, "the first definitive European work on the Chinese empire" (Hill) and a cornerstone of any collection of books on China. It was first published in French in 1735; the first English edition published the following year contained just 19 plates and 4 maps.
Du Halde (1674-1743)... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 143967
ELLIOTT, William John, Major. The Victoria Cross in Afghanistan, and on the Frontiers of India.
London : 1882First edition of this attractive and uncommon little book, with just three locations on Library Hub (British Library, Scotland, Oxford), WorldCat adding a further four (Ireland, Stanford, California State Library, Illinois). Elliott, who served in the War Department and Reserve Staff, gives lively accounts of 18 VC-winning actions. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140295
GALKIN-VRASKOY, Mikhail Nikolayevich. Etnograficheskiye i Statisticheskiye Materialy po Sredney Azii i Orenburgskomu Krayu [Ethnographical and Statistical Materials on Central Asia and Orenburg Region].
St Petersburg : 1868Second enlarged and illustrated edition, published just a year after the first which was an unillustrated offprint from the Proceedings of the Russian Geographical Society on the Department of Ethnography, issued in a run of just 250 copies. Uncommon, just 5 copies located on WorldCat. The book is based on Galkin-Vraskoy's (1832-1916) travels across... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 117848
GAVRILOV, Mikhail Filippovic. Kukol'nyj teatr Uzbekistana.
Tashkent : 1928First and only edition, one of 500 copies, of an early study of Uzbek puppet theatre, including the text of two key plays in the canon, Sarkardalar and Kachal Palvan, the Uzbek Punch. A contemporary original photograph of the puppet cast of Kachal Palvan from the Tashkent Museum is loosely inserted.
Puppet theatre in the region was a rich tradition... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 112595
GLINKA, Grigoriy Vyacheslavovich. Aziatskaya Rossiya Atlas.
St Petersburg : 1914First edition of this atlas considered "one of the finest achievements of pre-revolutionary Russian cartography" (National Library of Russia, Cartography Department on-line catalogue). Covering present day Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Siberia, it was designed to accompany Glinka's three-volume work of the same title,... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 114845
GRIGORYEV, Vasily Vasilyevich. Rossiya i Aziya: Sbornik Issledovaniy i Statey po Istorii, Etnografii i Geografii, Napisannykh v Raznoye Vremya …
St Petersburg : 1876First and only edition, WorldCat locates a single copy at the University of Aberdeen. Collection of ten articles by leading Russian Orientalist and Central Asia specialist Vasily Grigoryev (1816-81). A compilation with much material on the early history of Kazakhstan, one of Grigoryev's key research interests being the Khazars and the Golden Horde,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 121738
KAZAKHSTAN - FON-GERN, Vladimir. Poezdka na reku Chu k ee ustiu cherez bezvodnuyu postyniu Bedpak-Dala (A Journey to the Mouth of the Chu River through the Waterless Desert of Bedpak-Dala).
Omsk : 1887First and only edition. An extremely uncommon regional imprint - Omsk was the capital of the vast Steppes Region, today the northern part of Kazakhstan - reprinting an article from the journal of the West Siberian Department of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society regarding an expedition undertaken by Vladimir Karl fon-Gern. Gen. Karl Gern, fon-Gern's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 121777
KAZAKHSTAN. Map of Western Siberia with the Kyrgyz Steppe.
1848Impressive and important map covering most of the territory of modern Kazakhstan, an area referred to throughout the 19th century as the Kyrgyz Steppe. Unquestionably one of the first detailed maps that show the region, based on modern scientific surveys. The map shows both capitals of the country - Almaty (at that time called Verniy) and Astana (at... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 121040
KAZAKHSTAN. Chasovnik - Kazakh Old Believer Book of Hours.
Uralsk [Oral], Kazakhstan : 1907First edition, uncommon, no copy traced on WorldCat. A superb example in the elaborate provincial publisher's binding. Following the enactment of Nicholas II's ukase On Tolerance Development in 1905, which lightened strictures on the observances of the Old Believers, Uralsk merchant Andrey Vasillievich Simakov established the first publishing house... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 124800
KHANYKOV, Nikolay Vladimirovich. Opisanie Bukharskogo Khanstva [Description of the Khanate of Bukhara].
St Petersburg : 1843First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, A classic of the literature of the Great Game, essentially an intelligence report towards Russia's strategic ambitions in present day Uzbekistan, it is considered the first attempt at a scientific description of the Khanate of Bukhara.
The author was the noted Russian orientalist, historian and diplomat... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 117824
LE FÈVRE, Georges. An Eastern Odyssey: The Third Expedition of Haardt and Audion-Dubreuil.
London : 1935First edition in English, first impression. First published in Paris under the title La Croisière jaune: expédition Citroën Centre-Asie, troisième mission in 1933. The Third Citroën Expedition, the legendary Croisiere Jaune, was organized by Georges-Marie Haardt, Director General of Citroën, to promote the company's "Autochenilles," half-tracks... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 93835
LEVSHIN, Aleksey Iraklievich. Opisaniye Kirgiz-Kazach'ikh, ili Kirgiz-Kaysatskikh ord i stepey
Saint Petersburg : 1832Rare and important. The first account of Kazakhstan as a geographic entity and of the Kazakhs as a people, containing the most accurate map of the region to date. Print run of just 400 copies; 10 copies traced institutionally world-wide, genuinely scarce on the market. A complete and extremely pretty copy of this highly desirable Kazakh cornerstone.
Kazakh... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 143194
LIPSKIY, Vladimir Ippolitovich. Gornaia Bukhara. Rezultaty trehletnih puteshestviy v Srednyuy Aziu v 1896, 1897 i 1899 good
St Petersburg : 1902-5First editions These three separate expeditions were conducted by the Russian Geographical Society, and the resulting exhaustive regional studies remain unsuperseded. The mountain area of Uzbekistan was entirely inaccessible to Russian researchers until the very end of the nineteenth century, and, in view of these difficulties of access, the expeditions... Learn More£7,250.00
Stock Code: 120926
MARTIN, Robert Montgomery. Our Indian Empire and the adjacent countries of Afghanistan, Beloochistan, Persia, etc. Depicted and described by Pen and Pencil.
London : 1879-81First edition thus, based on Martin's The Indian Empire (1858-61), but with a new introduction taking in recent developments in the Great Game, volume III closing with the conclusion of the Second Afghan War (1878-80) and General Roberts's entry into Kandahar.
The Dublin-born writer and civil servant Robert Montgomery Martin (c.1802-1868), wrote... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137592
MEDOVSHCHIKOV, Nikolai Nikolaevich. Bakhchysaray. Avtolithografii.
Simferopol : 1927First and only edition of this locally produced, high quality pictorial souvenir of Bakhchysarai, the ancient capital of the Crimean Khanate. A sequence of evocative lithographs drawn direct to the stone by the noted theatrical designer N. N. Medovshchikov (1898-1988). This copy warmly inscribed by the author "to my kinsperson for the good memory" verso... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 143791
MURRAY, Charles Adolphus, 7th earl of Dunmore The Pamirs.<br><br>
1893First edition. "He started from Rawalpindi in April 1892, reached Kashgar in Chinese Turkestan in December 1892, and continued west through Ferghana and Transcaspia, reaching Samarkand in January 1893. He had ridden and walked 2500 miles, traversing forty-one mountain passes and sixty-nine rivers" (ODNB). Dunmore explains in his introduction that he... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 60133
NIKANOROV, Sergei M. La Peste et la Lutte contre elle dans les steppes du Sud-Est de la Russie.
Saratov : 1924Remarkable visual record documenting the Soviet efforts to combat plague on the Central Asian steppe; highly scarce photo album, WorldCat showing only four locations (BL, Munich, Leipzig, and Hong Kong), produced under the auspices of Sergei Nikanorov, Director of The Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology of the South East (Mikrob) and the man... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 129693
OLUFSEN, Ole. The Second Danish Pamir-Expedition.
Copenhagen : 1904First edition of this important architectural study from the two Danish Pamir Expeditions. Olufsen commanded both of these trips into Central Asia, 1896-9, during which the team visited Bokhara as a guest of the Emir; carried out exhaustive scientific surveys throughout the Pamirs; made the first anthropological study of the Siaposh and the mountain... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 103825
OUTRAM, Sir James. Rough Notes of the Campaign in Sinde and Afghanistan in 1838-9.
Bombay : 1840True first edition, published in London later in the same year. First-hand account of the First Anglo-Afghan War, uncommon in either edition, Library Hub listing only four locations for this Bombay edition - BL, SOAS, Royal Asiatic Society, and Oxford University - and seven copies of the London edition, with just a single copy noted at auction. One... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 118273
PASHINO, Petr Ivanovich. Turkestanskii krai v 1866 [Travel Notes, Turkestan 1866]
St Petersburg : 1868First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, an online search of institutional libraries showing only 9 locations worldwide, and just a single copy at auction in the last 50 years. A keenly observed and highly desirable insider's account of the early days of Russian Turkestan, with a focus on Tashkent - capital of Russian Turkestan and now of Uzbekistan... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 117849
POLUPANOV, Stefan Nikolaevich. Arkhitekturnie pamiatniki Samarkanda [i.e. The Architectural Monuments of Samarkand]
Moscow : 1948First edition. "Official" study of the ancient mosques of Samarkand, suggestive of then current developments in Soviet architectural doctrine. The author Stefan Polupanov (1904-1957) was a leading Tashkent-based architect; "A graduate of the Kharkov Artistic-Construction Institute, Polupanov enjoyed a long career in Tashkent city planning " (Stronski,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 133933
SENKULSKIY, Y. N Putevoditel po Samarkandu.
Samarkand : 1908A fascinating document of the beginning of Central Asian tourism: the first edition of the first guidebook to Samarkand. Printed locally, it typically includes ethnographical and historical notes, together with directions to the most important sites and sights; and equally typically contains extensive sections of advertising front and back, promoting... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143725
STEBNITSKY, Ieronym Ivanovich. Karta Zakaspiyskogo Kraya. Sostavlena po Noveyshim Svedeniyam v Voyenno-Topograficheskom Otdele Kavkazskogo Voyennogo Okruga
[Tiflis] : 1875One of the earliest detailed maps to be made of the Transcaspian region - the area between the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea - which in the years immediately following the issue of this map, was annexed piecemeal to the Russian Empire following a series of brutal campaigns led by Generals Lomakin, Skobelev, and Annenkov. The map... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 109039
TATARINOV, Alexander Alexeevich. Semimiesiachnyi plien v Bukharii [Seven month's captivity in Bukhara].
St Petersburg & Moscow : 1867First edition of this important and uncommon account of Struve's troubled embassy to Bokhara, the repercussions of which brought an invasion under von Kaufmann and forced the khanate's capitulation to Russian rule. Just 7 copies on WorldCat.
Lieut.-Col. Tatarinov of the Corp of Mining Engineers was a member of the mission sent to Muzaffar, emir... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 123083
THATCHER, Margaret. Kazakhstan, Order of Friendship, 1st Class - set of insignia.
2001The insignia of the Order of Friendship presented on bestowal by the Republic of Kazakhstan to Margaret Thatcher, subsequently acquired directly from her estate. The Order was established in 1995 to reward international co-operation at the highest levels. Margaret Thatcher was awarded the Order in 2001, the seventh person to receive it. It appears to... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 125686
UREKLYAN, Gabriel' Arkadyevich as El-Registan & Lazar Brontman. Moskva - Kara-Kum - Moskva [Moscow - Karakum - Moscow].
Moscow : 1934First and only edition. Uncommon, WorldCat locates just 4 copies - BL, Princeton University, Indiana University and Yale University - and a single copy of a Yiddish edition at the Center for Jewish History. "The Kara Kum (or Black Sand) desert of central Turkmenistan became, briefly, a Soviet cultural obsession when, in July 1933, a team of 23 cars... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 130555
UZBEKISTAN - VÁMBÉRY, Hermann Ármin. Puteshestvie po sredney Azii. Opisanie poiezdki iz Tegerana cherez Turkmenskuiu step' po vostochnomu beregu Kaspiiskago moria v Chivu, Bukharu i Samarkand, sovershennoi v 1863 godu.
St Petersburg, : 1865First Russian edition of Ármin Vámbéry's Travels in Central Asia, published in English the previous year. Uncommon, WorldCat locates one copy only, NYPL. One of the most popular accounts of travel Central Asia, its publication coinciding, perhaps not entirely fortuitously, with Russia's steady penetration into the region. It only emerged earlier... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 121759
UZBEKISTAN - VVEDENSKII, I. View of Samarkand - Greater Eid, Registan during morning prayer.
?Moscow : 1894-7This wonderfully lively view, numbered 74 in VVedenskii's series of Samarkand scenes, shows crowds gathering before the Ulugh Beg Madrasah, food-sellers under improvised canopies thronged by celebrants in picturesque bekasab chapans, with part of the facade of the Tilya Kori Madrasah visible in the background. VVedensky "worked in Samarkand in the 1890s.... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 128897
UZBEKISTAN. Khiva, ili geograficheskoe I statisticheskoe opisanie Khivivnskogo hanstva, sostoyachego teper v voyne s Rossiei.
Moscow : 1840First edition of the first attempt to describe the khanate of Khiva as an individual entity without reference to its neighbouring states; extremely uncommon, no copies traced on WorldCat. Issued at the time of Perovsky's disastrous campaign intended to free Russian slaves in the khanate, it was no doubt prepared as a useful reference for officers.
Perovsky... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 120924
UZBEKISTAN. Uzbekskaia SSR na vsesoiuznoy selskohoziaistvennoy vystavke 1939 goda. [i.e. Uzbek Soviet Republic on the All-Union Agrarian Exhibition of 1939].
Moscow : 1940First and only edition, one of 4000 copies, but fragile. Uncommon, just 6 copies traced on WorldCat, all in the United States. A celebration of the Uzbek contribution to the Agrarian Exhibition that opened in 1939 at the VDNKh - The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy - in Moscow and ran till 1941. It had originally been intended as a three-month... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 119917
VASILIEV, N.E., M.N.Volkov & V.I. Dobrovolskiy. Kazakstan v tsifrah. Statisticheskiy dvukhnedelnik kazstatupravleniya No. 6-7
Alma-Ata : 1928Extremely rare issue of the official journal of the Kazakh Statistical Department offering the first detailed description of Alma-Ata as the capital: "because of the recent move of the capital and the lack of any standardized information on Alma-Ata from the statistical, economic and historical points of view, we have decided to dedicate this enlarged... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145808
VESELOVSKY, Nikolay Ivanovich. Ocherk Istoriko-Geograficheskikh Svedeniy o Khivinskom Khanstve ot Drevneyshikh Vremen do Nastoyashchego
St Petersburg : 1877First and only edition, uncommon, with just seven locations on WorldCat. A detailed, but lucid, historical overview of the Khanate of Khiva, part of present-day Uzbekistan, written by the renowned Russian orientalist and archaeologist Nikolay Veselovsky (1848-1918), perhaps best known for his early excavations of Afrasiab, ancient Samarkand. The present... Learn More£7,250.00
Stock Code: 117826
VIGNE, Godfrey Thomas. A Personal Narrative of a Visit to Ghuzni, Kabul, and Afghanistan,
London : 1840First edition, a second followed in 1843. This is an attractively illustrated and entertaining narrative of travels in Afghanistan that was keenly read by the players of the Great Game, and includes a brief vocabulary "from the language of Kaffiristan".
Vigne (1801-1863) was from a line of London Huguenot merchants whose wealth derived from... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 131821
WATERMELONS IN UZBEKISTAN. 60 Velikogo Oktyarya (60 Years of the Great October.)
Tashkent : 1977First edition, no other copy traced. "In the spirit of socialist emulation inspired by the 60th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, a specialised engineering office and a pilot plant have successfully completed the key stages of a development plan for melon production. The issues of complex mechanisation of melon cultivation were... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 120082
ZINSERLING, Vladimir. Oroshenie na Amu-Darie [Irrigation on the Amu Darya].
Moscow : 1927First and only edition, just 2000 copies, rare, no copies traced on WorldCat. Immensely detailed logistical study towards large-scale irrigation schemes for the agricultural exploitation of the extensive steppes of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. This copy a superb association copy inscribed in purple ink on the title page by the author: "To Academician... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 121726