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Khiva, ili geograficheskoe I statisticheskoe opisanie Khivivnskogo hanstva, sostoyachego teper v voyne s Rossiei

[Khiva, or a Geographical and Statistical Survey of the Khanate of Khiva, presently at War with Russia].

Moscow : 1840 Stock Code: 120924
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First edition. Extremely uncommon, no copies traced on OCLC. The first attempt to describe khanate of Khiva as an individual entity, without reference to its neighbouring states. Issued at the time of Perovsky's disastrous campaign which was intended to free Russian slaves in the khanate, it was no doubt as a useful reference for officers. Perovsky was ill-prepared for the worst winter on record, and the expedition was forced to turn back with casualties of some 1,000 from a complement of 5,000. In the meantime Capt. Shakespear had "persuaded the khan to release the Russian slaves into his care416 in all, including 18 women and 11 children. With a Khivan escort, Shakespear led them across the desert to Fort Aleksandrovsk on the Caspian and thence to Orenburg on 1 October, where he was received with acclamation" (ODNB). Subsequently friendly relations with Russia were resumed, the establishment of a permanent base on the Aral Sea at Fort Aralsk rendered military opposition futile, leading Ali Kuli Khan to concentrate on the development of his domain, building the magnificent madrassah that bears his name, the Tosh Hauli Palace, and extending the caravanserai by the addition an indoor market. Khiva finally fell to General Kaufman in 1873 when Russia tightened its grip on its central Asian protectorates. An attractive and timely intelligence report on Khiva, part of present day Uzbekistan. now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Octavo (235 x 140 mm). Modern half calf, marbled boards, to style, title gilt direct to the spine, narrow bands, double rule in blind to spine and corner edges, grey marl endpapers. Attractive grey original wraps bound in.


Two folding etched plates (opening 305 x 230 mm), one showing the Khan in his yurt, the other the city gate.


Front wrap neatly repaired, no loss, faded pre-revolutionary stamps on the title page, some spotting throughout, mild damp-staining in the tail margin, one leaf with slight loss from the lower corner, professionally repaired, overall very good.


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