Caravan Journeys and Wanderings in Persia, Afghanistan, Turkistan, and Beloochistan;
with historical notices of the countries lying between Russia and India. Translated from the original unpublished manuscript by Capt. W. Jesse. Edited by H.D. Seymour. London John Murray 1856
First edition pp.xxii, 534, 3 plates, folding map. A very good copy bound in contemporary calf, spine richly gilt, all edges marbled. Minor spotting to title and frontispiece. Previous ownership inscription on reverse of front free end-paper.
Josephe-Pierre Ferrier was a French soldier who served in Persia, 1839-43, and then sought employment with the Sikh government in Lahore. He attempted the overland route through Afghanistan during the extremely difficult conditions of the first Anglo-Afghan war (1838-42). He spent a year in Afghanistan, including a period in captivity, before being forced to go back to Tehran. His account is both spirited and lively and provides information on places as then unseen by other travellers.