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ORIENTAL AND WESTERN SIBERIA. A Narrative of Seven Years' Explorations and Adventures in Siberia, Mongolia, the Kirghis Steppes, Chinese Tartary, and Part of Central Asia.
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1858 - Tall 8vo. 1st edition. vii + 611pp. 20 chromolithograph plates (incl. frontispiece), 32 wood engravings, 1 large folding map. Half burgundy-red calf, marbled boards, endpapers, and edges, raised bands and elaborate gilt tooling. Overall in Very Good condition. Atkinson undertook this exploratory mission to sketch portions of Siberia and Asia previously unknown. He travelled, with a special passport from Czar Nicholas I, out of Russia's Asiatic dominions from Kokhan on the west to the eastern end of the Baikal and as far south as the Chinese town of Tchin-si. His journey also led him to the Syan-shan mountain range, reportedly never before seen by any European, as well as great portions of the western region of the Gobi Desert. Atkinson produced sketches for this volume and his route is traced in red on the enclosed map. Atkinson, a British explorer, scientist, and artist, offers observations on the mines, resources, travel and weather conditions, the Altai mountain range, etc. Along the way he took numerous risks, experienced nervous encounters with tribesmen in Central Asia, and suffered much from hunger and thirst. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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