CURZON, George Nathaniel. Russia in Central Asia in 1889 and the Anglo Russian Question. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889.
8vo. Contemporary tan half-morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt and with raised bands; all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, bound for the Duke of Wesminster's library; pp. xxiii, 477, two folding maps, printed in two colours, plates after photographs; a near-fine copy.
First edition. 'The author describes in exciting detail, a region long famed for its physical remoteness and impenetrability but which was becoming at the end of the 19th-century the theatre of imperial diplomacy and the threshold for international war. Written from the viewpoint of an English politician, this work also examines the intricacies of the Anglo Russian question at a time when British imperialism in India and alleged Russian expansionist policies threatened a clash of interests' (blurb for the 1967 reprint)..