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On Sledge and Horseback to the Outcast Siberian Lepers
London - The Record Press Limited 1892 - A account of the journey made by Kate Marsden to visit lepers in Siberia. Second edition. With two double-page facsimile letters to the front, detailing Queen Victoria's interest in the works of Marsden. Illustrated throughout with twenty-five plates, including a full-page map. Kate Marsden (1859 1931) was a battle-hardened nurse who had cared for the wounded during the war between Russia and Turkey in 1878. Yet even those wartime experiences had not prepared her for the grueling equestrian journey she undertook in 1891. Having learned of the horrific conditions under which Russian lepers were forced to live, the resolute nurse sought out the imperial assistance of Englands Queen Victoria, as well as the Empress of Russia, then set off to ride thousands of miles across the wilds of Siberia. The nurse, turned equestrian explorer, was intent on bringing medical relief to Russias forgotten wounded, as well as finding a herb which was allegedly a cure for leprosy. After having completed one of the most difficult equestrian journeys of the late 19th century, Marsden returned to England where the intrepid Long Rider became one of the first women to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. (LRG)Condition: In a blue cloth binding with gilt detailing. Externally, sound, though with some slight bumping and edgewear. Some light rubbing also. Hinges are strained. Internally, generally firmly bound although strained in places. Ink signature to front free-endpaper. Pages are bright and clean, with just the odd handling marks and some foxing to the tissue guards. Overall: GOOD. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
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