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PRZHEVALSKY, Nikolay Mikhailovich.
Puteshestviye v Ussuriyskom Kraye, 1867-1869 gg. S kartoy Ussuriyskogo Kraya (A Trip in the Ussuri Region 1867-1869).
St Petersburg: N. Neklyudova,, 1870. a formidable influence on Russia's Asian strategy Octavo. Late 19th century library binding of brown linen. Folding chromolithograph map of the Ussuri region up to the Chinese and Korean borders, outlining Przhevalsky's route and showing towns, Russian, Cossack and Chinese villages, military posts, and telegraph stations. A little rubbed, Russian library label to front cover, folding map neatly reattached at the rear, peripheral toning to letterpress, some neat marginal pencillings. A very good copy. First edition of the first comprehensive description of the Ussuri region and Przhevalsky's first book, published at his own expense; very scarce, we have been able to trace one institutional location only, the incomplete copy at the Russian Presidential Library (lacking title page). Przhevalsky (1839-1888) passed through the military academy at St Petersburg and was commissioned as an officer in 1856, but "feeling the inadequacy of his trainingÂ… entered the academy of the General Staff and in 1864-67 taught history and geography at a military school in Warsaw" (Howgego). In 1867 he was transferred to Irkutsk in eastern Siberia but en route stopped off at St Petersburg and proposed an ambitious scheme for the exploration of Inner Asia to the head of the department of physical geography at the Imperial Russian Geographical Society, P. P. Semenov. This scheme was turned down but Semenov suggested that Przhevalsky "test himself in the field first by exploring some uncharted territory in East Siberia and present the results to the Society" ( … [Click Below for Full Description]
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