This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...the present Steppe is little above the level of the water. Having sketched these singular and beautifully-coloured rocks, ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...the present Steppe is little above the level of the water. Having sketched these singular and beautifully-coloured rocks, it was time to think of returning towards our home, as we had a long ride before us, part of it over a hilly country, and then across a fine level Steppe. While I had been engaged sketching, a great change had taken place in the weather, and a cold wind was blowing, coming sometimes in sudden gusts. Clouds had long been gathering over the summits of the Altai, and now the chain and some of the nearer ridges were quite obscured. The Kirghis said we should soon have a storm, and proposed riding fast to the aoul. In rather more than an hour we had crossed the hills, and were riding over the Steppe, when the gusts became more frequent and stronger--a sure sign of an approaching tempest. We all cast looks of suspicion towards the Altai, and then observed that all the lower ridges rising from the Steppe were obscured, while a dense mass of black clouds extending a long distance from north to south, was rolling on towards us. Wethen looked wistfully towards the aoul. The Mantilla Rocks could be seen, but they were more than a three hours ride away, and the storm was coming fast over the Steppe. I called a halt, secured my pistols 304 CAUGHT IN A WIIIRLVVIND. in their holsters, and had the rifle and gun put into their leathern cases--a drenching being inevitable, and there was not a tree or a rock under which we could receive the slightest shelter. We pushed on at a good speed, fearing what we saw, and knowing that night was fast approaching. The gusts of wind ceased, and for a short time it was a perfect calm. Looking towards the black mass, I saw that the clouds were in great commotion, while streams of vapour were...
Good. Book. 8vo. 16pp extract, printed in double columns, illustrated with 20 characteristic Harper's engravings, salvaged from a damaged issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume XVI, No. 95, April, 1858. A contemporary review of sorts of the author's title recently published in a first American edition by Harper's, 1858. Illustrations include the launch of a Russian ship, curious rocks on the Tchoussow Aia, Demidoff's birth place, a view of Tagilsk, barks on the Irtisch river, a forest ride by moonlight, a clan of Kirghis robbers, groups of Kirghis and Mahomed's Kirghis, a night attack, a lake scene in the Altai Mountains, Kalmucks, a Kalmuck priest, a scene of a Kalmuck sacrifice, Lake San Ghin Dalai in Mongolia, a bearoote and deer, Sultan Boulania, Sultan Alie Iholdi, and Sultan Iamantuck and family. Housed in protective mylar report cover.
Fair. 533 pages, 52 plates (1 folded): illustrations, color map; 24 cm. Minor damp stain to end pages. Internally good. Bound in publisher's discolored brown cloth. Corners bumped. Large fold out map, present but torn. Reprint of 1858 ed. Musty odor (Minor).
Very Good. 533pp. Original publisher's cloth. Gilt embossed spine. Engraved frontispiece plate and numerous other engravings illustrate the text. Scattered very light or slight foxing. Neat ink name inscription to title page. Slight rubbing to head and tail of spine. Slight loss of cloth covering to spine. Missing fold-out map. Very good, clean, tight well preserved copy.
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