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BICHURIN, Iakinf.
Sobranie svedeni o narodah, obitavshih v Sredney Azii v drevnie vremena
St Petersburg: Tipografiya Voenno-uchebnykh zavedeniy,, 1851. 3 vols. and geographical index bound in 2 vols. octavo (218 x 145 mm). Recent black half morocco and marbled boards to style, title gilt direct to the spine. Large folding regional map at rear ("Map for the History of Nations that inhabited Central Asia in Ancient Times"), 670 x 1480 mm. Light browning, some marginal dampstaining, map with a number of splits on the folds, professional repairs verso, but overall very good. First edition, considered as the first scientific attempt at an ancient history of Central Asia. This was Bichurin's last work, bringing together data collected over the previous three decades. Inevitably it is mostly based on Chinese materials, but, as Bichurin states in the preface, he wanted to show the ethnic history of the whole region of Central Asia, which he defined as beginning at the Aral Sea, thus covering the ethnic groups that lived north of China to include Turkestan, Mongolia and Manchuria, together with Khiva, Bukhara, Kokand, and parts of Kazakh steppe. Conspicuously uncommon, WorldCat records a copy at SOAS only. Nikita Yakovievich Bichurin (1777-1853), better known by his name in religion of Iakinf or Hyacinth, was the first Russian sinologist, and the leading authority on Asia of his day. Originally a tonsured monk, he was named head of the Russian Orthodox Mission to Peking in 1807. He soon became aware of the serious dearth of knowledge about the region which was hindering missionary efforts, and so began an intensive programme of study in Chinese languages and culture. B … [Click Below for Full Description]
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