TRAVELS IN NORTHERN ASIA.

Dublin: Printed by Christopher Bentham, 1823. 174pp. plus illustrations. Frontis. Engraved titlepage vignette. 12mo. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt. Hinges tender, spine ends worn. Internally clean and fresh. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM32971

The further fictitious travels of William Walsh, an Irishman, and Capt. Blisset, of the Royal Navy. Another volume, also published in Dublin in 1823, recounted the pair's journey aboard ship through Southeast Asia. The present title continues their travels in Asia, mostly to Russia and into China. They travelled across the Black and Caspian seas, then overland across the Russian steppe toward the Pacific coast. Though an imaginary journey, the text gives much interesting information on the peoples, customs, and natural history of the region. The illustrations show a "Kamtschadale Sledge," "A Circassian Chief," "A Calmuck Tartar," "Usbeck Tartar," "A Sledge Drawn by Rein Deer," and "A Kamtschatka Sledge, Drawn by Dogs." The titlepage vignette displays a creature resembling a porcupine. OCLC locates only three copies, at Yale, the University of Chicago, and the National Library of Ireland. Scarce. OCLC 40708415.

Price: $300.00