London. Allen. 1884. Stock ID #67908
Volume I (of 2) only. Portrait frontispiece, xxxii + 392pp + 47 page publisher's advertisments at rear, lacks errata leaf, signature of a prior owner upper margin title page and on one blank. a little light occasional browning preliminary leaves. Original cloth little worn and rubbed in places. General Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) was a celebrated soldier of the Honourable East India Company's Army in India in stirring times. He was one of the select group of gifted political officers who participated in "The Great Game" in Central Asia at the time of Britain's first war with Afghanistan between 1838 - 1842 when she was trying to anticipate and counter Russian intrigues with Persia, Afghanistan and other states bordering India. Abbott later played an important political role in the Punjab during the tumultous wars with the Sikhs in the 1840s.
This volume is the more important part of the two volume work, since it recounts the background and events of his intrepid journey from Herat to the Central Asian Khanate of Khiva, on a secret mission to its Khan: ostensibly to seek the release of Russian subjects held in captivity there but also to set up friendly communications between the Indian Government and the Usbeg rulers of Central Asia. An obituary notice describes the story of this journey as "one of the most interesting and instructive works of Asiatic travel ever written". This volume sees Abbott on his return journey up to the point where he narrowly escapes being murdered by Kirghiz Kayaks and is being kept a close prisoner, as it
happened for three weeks before continuing on his way. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 67908).
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