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MACGAHAN, Januarius Aloysius.

[Title in Ottoman Turkish] Hive siyahetnâmesi ve-tarih-i....

(A traveller's account of Khiva and its history).

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Published: Istanbul Basiret Matbaasi, AH 1292 (AD 1875/76)

Stock Code: 103689

£850
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Notes

First edition in Turkish, the year following the English first edition: the first and only edition published in the Ottoman empire. Extremely uncommon, just four copies on OCLC, this timely Turkish translation of MacGahan's account of the 1873 fall of the Khivan khanate to the Russians under General Kaufman was made in the same years as the Russian translation. MacGahan (1844-1878), was a foreign correspondent for Gordon Bennett's New York Herald and later the Daily News. He had previously covered the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-1 and was subsequently appointed the Herald's St Petersburg correspondent. On hearing of the departure of a force to Central Asia under General Skobelev, MacGahan defied the ban on correspondents accompanying the expedition. He crossed the Kyzyl-Kum desert on horseback and was present at the surrender of Khiva. His later investigations of the Bulgarian atrocities in 1876 were instrumental in preventing Britain from supporting Turkey in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-8, a key factor in Bulgaria gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire.

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Description

Royal octavo (230 x 160 mm). Contemporary green sheep-backed pebble-grain boards, title gilt to spine, gilt lozenges to compartments, blind panelling to boards, pale green endpapers.

Illustrations

32 plates with tipped-in tissue guards, folding map to rear.

Condition

A little rubbed, the spine slightly sunned, the contents variably browned through variations in the paperstock, 2-inch closed tear to map-fold, but overall very good.

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