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Through Siberia. [2 vols.] - Lansdell (Henry) - 1882. [1202851]
Sampson Low Marston Searle and Rivington 1882 - with numerous black and white plates after the author's photographs, 1 actual photograph mounted as frontispiece, and 2 folding maps, 1 double-page plate loose, others loosening, some foxing, pp. xxii, [ii], 376; [i], [377-] 811, [4], 8vo, original pictorial cloth, sound, presentation copy, inscribed on the fly-leaf in vol. i 'To Mr. James S. Budgett With the kind reagrds and best wishes of the author Henry Lansdell, Christmas 1883'. Second edition, same year as the first, and in fact called for before the official publication day of the first. Lansdell's 'object was to distribute tracts and bibles provided by London missionary societies in many languages wherever he went, most notably in prisons and hospitals in Siberia and central Asia. He published accounts of his travels in Through Siberia (2 vols., 1882) and Russian Central Asia (2 vols., 1885). The first proved extremely popular, running to five editions in England and also being published in German, Danish, and Swedish. It aroused criticism, however, because of its very favourable attitude towards Russia. In particular his largely commendatory accounts of conditions inside Russian prisons aroused angry opposition from Prince Kropotkin. Lansdell's second work continued in pro-Russian vein, being dedicated to Alexander III, repudiating the charges of Kropotkin and others that his accounts of Russian prisons had been either credulous of Russian propaganda or had deliberately obscured the true state of affairs, and declaring that the annexation of Merv by Russia in 1884 was not, as had been alleged, due to Russian subterfuge and coercion, but to the genuine wish of the people of Merv for closer ties with Russia which would conduce to their well-being' (ODNB).
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