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Vambery, Armin Puteshestvie po srednei Azii. [Travels through Central Asia. Description of a Journey from Teheran across the Turkmen Steppe along the eastern Shore of the Caspian Sea to Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Translated from the English] St. Petersburg 1865
First edition in Russian 8vo, pp. [1 (title)], ii (publisher's foreword), ii (index), ii (author's foreword), 3-221, large folding map hand-coloured in outline. A very good copy bound in twentieth-century half calf and marbled boards, red lettering piece on spine. Title page and a few leaves lightly spotted. Chinese chop on title.

Armin, or Arminius, Vambery, 1832-1913, was a skilled linguist, and moved to Constantinople at the age of 20. In 1861, with a stipend from the Hungarian academy, he set off in the guise of a Sunni dervish to Khiva, Bokhara, and Samarkand. Although he was unable to take notes, he rapidly completed his account of the journey in months on his return in 1864, and it was first published in English before the end of the year. Hungarian and Russian editions followed in 1865.