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Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow, and St Petersburgh during the Late Russian Invasion of Khiva
With Some Account of the Court of Khiva and the Kingdom of Khaurism

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor

  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108053952

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  • This two-volume travelogue recounts the diplomatic mission through Central Asia and Russia undertaken by James Abbott (1807–96) in 1839. An officer in the Bengal Artillery, Abbott first travelled to Central Asia in 1838 and was soon drawn into the 'Great Game' between Russia and Britain as they struggled for influence in the region. When Russia launched an expedition against Khiva in 1839, ostensibly to free Russian slaves, Abbott was sent there to advise the Khan and then travelled to Russia to initiate mediation. While the Russian slaves were freed by Abbott's successor, Abbott believed he had succeeded and published this account in 1843. The work includes anecdotes of his experiences and observations on the cultures and landscapes he encountered. In Volume 1, he describes his journey from Herat to Khiva and the beginning of his journey to Russia.

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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108053952
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preliminary remarks
    1. Departure from Heraut
    2. The tent of plenty of the Yahmoot
    3. Jew merchants
    4. Reception at the house of an Oozbeg gentleman
    5. Excessive chill of the air at Kiva
    6. Second audience
    7. Third audience of the Khaun Huzurut
    8. Discussion of routes
    9. Delay in my mission
    10. Interview with the Mehtur
    11. Visit of an Afghan priest
    12. Report of the advance of the British arms
    13. The Ummeer of Bokhara's refusal to release Colonel Stoddart
    14. Departure of the Persian ambassador
    15. Departure from Khiva
    16. Visits from Toorcumuns
    17. Chase of the wild ass
    18. Rapacity of the guide
    19. Story of Hautim, the Arab
    20. Ferocity of Toorcumun horses
    21. Cliffs of shell sandstone
    22. The treacherous messenger
    23. A rencontre
    24. Hilarity of the young guide
    25. Capture of Maimood and Ali Muhummud
    26. Embarassment of Ahris Mhatoor
    27. Hopelessness of our predicament.

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