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Travels in Central Asia Being the Account of a Journey Ofrom Teheran Across the Turkoman Desert on the Eastern Shore of the Caspian to Khiva,bokara and Samarcand Performed in the Year 1863
Harper & Bros., New York 1865 - New York: Harper & Bros., 1865 xvi, 493 pp with 12 B&W plates and a large map of Turkestan in rear pocket. Plate frontis has intact glasine protector. Text is clean, tight and unmarkd with very light foxing. Contemporary owner's name on 2nd free page Large map in rear pocket is intact with some ragged edges that do not extend into map itsself, Pocket is split. Brown cloth binding has had the spine professionally replaced with original gold-stamped titles retained and the front hinge reinforced. Arminius Vámbéry (19 March 1832 - 15 September 1913), was a Hungarian Turkolog and traveller, a Jewish Orientalist who assumed Muslim identity and wrote about Muslim life. In 1861, funded by the Hungarian Academy of Science and disguised as a Sunni dervish, and under the name of Reshit Efendi, he set out from Constantinople. His route lay from Trebizond on the Black Sea to Tehran in Persia, where he joined a band of pilgrims returning from Mecca, spending several months with them traveling across Central Iran. He then went to Shiraz, through Ispahan, and in June, 1863, he reached Khiva (Central Asia). Throughout this time, he succeeded in maintaining his disguise as "Reshit Efendi," Together with his band of travelers, he then crossed Bokhara and arrived at Samarkand This was the first successful journey of its kind undertaken by a European; and since it was necessary to avoid suspicion, Vámbéry could not take even fragmentary notes, except by stealth. Thanks to his travels Vámbéry became an internationally renowned writer and celebrity. Vámbéry knew Bram Stoker and is believed by some biographers to have acted as his consultant on Transylvanian culture. The character of Professor Van Helsing in Stoker's novel, Dracula, is sometimes said to be based on Vámbéry, though there is no real evidence of this supposition. In Dracula (chapter 23) the professor refers to his "friend Arminius, of Buda-Pesth University". # 001871 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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