Title: Through Siberia.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston
Publication Date: 1882
Book Condition: Good.
Edition: 1st Edition
Third edition, 8vo, xxiii, 811pp, [4 p. Notices of the Press], folding map of Siberia in front, Appendices (incl. History of the Russian church, the Doctrines of the Russian, Roman and English Churches, the \nSchisms of the Russian Church, The Discoveries of Wiggins and Nordenskjold, The Early Exploration of Siberia by Sea and Land, the Author's Itinerary around the world, Bibliography of Siberia), Index. Profusely illustrated in b/w throughout. Grey cloth, silver lettering to front with vignette embossed in black & silver, gilt title to spine, black endpapers, school library label on pastedown, prev owner embossed stamp to title and dedication page, front joint cracked and loose, cloth split along front and rear joint, corners and spine ends rubbed with some loss of cloth, light page tanning, soiling to covers. Good only. Fascinating book: "My speciality in Siberia was the visitation of its prisons and penal institutions, considered, however, not so much from an economic or administrative as from a philanthropic and religious point of view. Much has been written concerning them that is very unsatisfactory, and some things that are absolutely false. One author published "My Exile in Siberia" who never went there. "Escapes" and so-called "Revelations" of Siberia have been written by others who were banished only a few days' journey beyond the Urals; whereas it is only east of the Baikal that the severest forms of exile life begin. None, so far as I know, who have escaped or been released from the mines, have written the tale of what they endured, and very few authors have been in a position even to describe what the penal mines are like." - from the Preface to the first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 1711
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