‘In the late 1820s, Captain Robert Mignan served in the 1st Bombay European Regiment and commanded the escort attached to the resident of the British East India Company. In 1829 he departed, with his wife, two children and servants, from London to return to his military duties in Western India. He decided to reach his destination through the Russian Empire and first sailed to St. Petersburg, where he landed in late October. He was soon informed that Prince Khosrow, the son of Crown Prince Abbas Mirza of Persia, was about to return to Tehran and solicited his permission to accompany him on his return journey. During one of the receptions organized at Prince Golitsyn’s estate, Mignan came across the famed German traveler Alexander Humboldt who had just returned from his expedition to the Ural Mountains. At Humboldt’s suggestion, Mignon decided to explore the western coastline of the Caspian Sea and during the winter of 1829 he traveled to the Caucasus, followed the “more fearfully rugged road than any over which we had ever passed” through the mountains and reached Tiflis in January 1830. He spent severals days in Tiflis before travelling through eastern Georgia on his way to northwestern Iran. In 1839 he published his travelogue “A winter journey through Russia, the Caucasian Alps, and Georgia.”‘
Volume 2 concerns Iraq, Arabia, and the Persian Gulf.
First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., half-title in volume 1 (not called for in volume 2), 3 plates, a few illustrations in text, contemporary half calf, neat repairs to joints, a very good set.
Provenance: Sion College Library, old stamp on verso of titles.
Stock ID: 93864