New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1877. Second edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/4 x 6"). xii, 411, pp, pp (Publisher's catalogue) (Vol. 1); viii, , 463, pp (Vol. 2). Unopened copy. Original gilt and black-stamped burgundy cloth, with gold lettering to spines. Tissue-guarded frontispiece in each volume.
"Eugene Schuyler, who was Secretary of the American Legation at St. Petersburgh, traveled extensively in Russian Central Asia and provides in this monumental work an exceptionally detailed description of the regions through which he traveled. He gives accounts of the economic, political and religious and social conditions, as well as detailed descriptions of places of worship, habits of dress and local languages. In his Preface, the author states the following: ""The Chief aim of my journey in Central Asia was to study the political and social condition of the regions which had been recently annexed by Russia, as well as to compare the state of the inhabitants under Russian rule with that of those still living under the despotism of the Khans." (From the Preface).
This work is lavishly illustrated throughout with numerous engravings as well as three folded maps.
Head and tail of spines rubbed, with some abrasion and discoloration to cloth. Previous owner's bookplate on inside of each front cover. Bindings in overall good-, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #46134