RESERVED - Oriental and Western Siberia; a Narrative of Seven Years' Exploration and Adventures in Siberia, Mongolia, the Kirghis Steppes, Chinese Tartary, and part of Central Asia - Thomas Witlam Atkinson 1858 - Hurst and Blackett, London - First Edition Atkinson, the talented architect, turned artist and explorer, journeyed through Central Asia after obtaining a special passport from Czar Nicholas I. This is his account together with illustrations from his water colours, with twenty colour and tinted lithographed plates including a hand coloured frontispiece, thirty two wood engravings throughout the text, and large folding map to the rear.

‘Inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's accounts of Siberia, Atkinson then moved to St. Petersburg There, in 1846, he abandoned architecture as a profession for the pursuits of an explorer and topographical artist. Between March and November 1847 he travelled to the Urals, the Kirgiz steppes, and Altai Mountains Between 1848 and 1853 he travelled extensively in the Russian orient, gathering much geographical and geological information. During this time he produced over 500 water-colours of the landscapes and peoples, some of them 5 or 6 feet square After his return to Britain, an exhibition of Atkinson's Siberian and Chinese Tartar scenes was held in 1856 at Colnaghi's Gallery, London. Some of these were lithographed and published in his narratives of his travels.’ [ODNB]
  Provenance: from the library of Swiss-born Dr C.A.W. Guggisberg (1913-1980), a distinguished zoologist and authority on conservation, with ink stamp to front endpaper, dated 1981. Three others, whose names are hand written on the fron pastedown

References: Abbey,
Travel 530.

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Lodge’s Peerage and Baronetage, For 1858]. Publisher’s green cloth, blind embossed, spine titled and decorated in gilt, front panel with title and vignette decoratively embossed in gilt, yellow coated endpapers. Neatly re-cased, retaining original spine.
  Condition: Very good, foxing to first and last few pages, tear to map at rear, neatly re-cased retaining original cloth spine.   Ref: 107892   Price: HK$ 5,000