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CENTRAL ASIA.

Russian Missions into the Interior of Asia.

I. Nazaroff's Expedition to Kokand. II. Eversmann and Jakovlew's Account of Bucharia. III. Capt. Mouraviev's Embassy to Turkomania and Chiva. Translated from the German.

London: Printed for Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1823 Stock Code: 106587
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An early Russian player in the Great Game

First 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 Russian government has, of late years, taken various measures to give more solidity to its commercial relations with the countries in the interior of Asia efforts have been made to conciliate the independent tribes Contents include a short extract from an account of an expedition to Kokand, in the years 1813-14, by Philip Nazaroff interpreter to the Siberian Corps the account of an embassy to Bucharia in 1820-21 head of which was Mr. Negri, Counsellor of State by Dr. Eversmann, physician to the Embassy, in which we have inserted several interesting extracts from the letters Mr. P. l. Jakolew, secretary to the embassy and the narrative of a Journey to Turcomania and Chiva by Captain Mouraview" (Introduction). Nazarov's was the first Russian embassy to Kokand, First published in Russian in 1821; Eduard Eversmann, a German-Russian naturalist, joined Aleksandr Negri's embassy as a merchant, but carried out important scientific work, as well as leaving this account published as Reise Orenburg nach Buchara in 1823. Library Hub cites copies at just 5 locations among British and Irish institutional libraries: Oxford, Glasgow, Queen's Belfast, Senate House, and Natural History Museum.

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Description

Octavo (210 x 125 mm). Later tan glazed boards, unlettered spine.

Illustrations

Lithographic frontispiece.

Condition

A little rubbed, light browning and a scatter of foxing.

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