London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1877. Hardcover. Two volumes. Mounted frontispiece photographic portrait, with three folding maps. Second edition. Burnaby (1842-85) joined the Royal Horse Guards in 1859, but, when not assigned to active duty, he crafted his own adventures. He ballooned across the English Channel, and traveled in Spain, Asia Minor and Russia. He was wounded, and eventually killed, fighting for the British Empire. His book, A Ride to Khiva (1876) gave a personal account of his hazardous mission into Russian territory during the "Great Game" when the British and Russian Empires were vying for power in central Asia. It was an instant bestseller, and brought him overnight fame. This two-volume work, published in 1877, recounts his next adventure: a two-thousand mile journey through Asia Minor to assess Turkey's chances in the impending war with Russia. On the way, he creates vivid snapshots of the region and of the people he encounters. The work includes a map of the route, and numerous appendices. Octavo. Original green cloth bindings, with pictorial black stamping and gilt titles. A few minor tears and creases to the folding maps, with a bit of foxing to the preliminary leaves. Some general shelfwear to the boards; else very good. Very Good. Item #63934

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