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LIPSKIY, Vladimir Ippolitovich.

Gornaia Bukhara. Rezultaty trehletnih puteshestviy v Srednyuy Aziu v 1896, 1897 i 1899 good...

[Mountainous Bukhara. The Results of Three Years of Travels in Central Asia 1896,97 and 99].

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Published: St Petersburg Tipo-lithografia Gerol'da [for the Imperial Russian Geographical Society], 1902-5

Stock Code: 120926

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First 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 were set a wide range of goals, gathering material across diverse disciplines - geology, botany, ethnography - much recorded in the author's own photographs reproduced here. The first expedition focussed on the Gissar, or Hissar, Range in the western part of the Pamir-Alay system, which stretches over 125 miles in the general east-west direction across what is now the territory of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, location of the Tajikistan's Shirkent National Park containing a remarkable concentration of sites of historical and scientific interest; the second concentrated on the Khrebet Petra Velikago, the Ridge of Peter the Great, Alai; the last taking in the Gissar and East Bukhara Ridge: the Darvazsky, Mazarsky and Petra Velikago Ranges.
Vladimir Lipskiy (1863-1937) was a Ukrainian botanist who graduated from Pavel Galagan Collegium, Kiev's leading school, in 1881, and Kiev University in 1887. From 1887 to 1894 he was based at the Botanical Garden of Kiev University, first as conservator, then as assistant professor of Botany, taking part in multidisciplinary expeditions to the Caucasus and Northern Iran. Between 1894 and 1917 he was employed at the St. Petersburg Botanical Gardens in the capacity of Junior and then Senior Conservator of the Herbarium, and finally Chief Botanist, during which time he took part in the expeditions described here. Following the revolution he played key roles in the newly established Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences, initially as director of the new Botanical Garden in Kiev, rising to become president of the academy.
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3 volumes quarto (297 x 225 mm). Largely unopened in the original cream paper-backed pale grey light card printed wraps.


39 plates, detailed folding coloured route map to volume III


Wraps rubbed and soiled, quite heavily in places, some minor nicks and splits to the edges, lightly cleaned and with some restoration, contents clean and sound, remains very good.


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