“Burnes was of the India’s Company Service and after a successful mission to the Court of Lahore, during which he mapped the course of the Indus, he proposed to go further and cross Central Asia from the Indus to the Caspian. Burnes did not travel as an accredited agent of the government as it was considered too risky, but he did travel with papers stating that he was an officer returning home on leave. The book is thus an account of a famous journey written by an early spy. He visited Kabul where he met Joseph Wolff who had been travelling in the region disguised as a Moslem to preach Christianity to the Jews. Thence he proceeded via Balkh to Bokhara, and on to the Oxus, Merv and Khorasan. Volume III describes in some detail the geography of each of the regions he passed through.” (Ghani).
First edition. 3 volumes, 8vo., 8 lithographed plates (one double page, two of coins), light foxing to plates, nineteenth century red half morocco gilt, gilt lettered direct, marbled sides, lightly rubbed, an excellent set.
Ghani p60; Yakushi (1994) B632a.
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