'monumental. a classic on the subject' (Yakushi)
SCHUYLER, Eugene. Turkistan. Notes of a Journey in Russian Turkistan, Khokand, Bukhara, and Kuldja. New York, Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1877.
Two volumes. 8vo. Original pictorial brick cloth; spine lettered in gilt, with small gilt Russian Imperial coat-of-arms; portrait on front board in gilt, black stamping on front board and spine; pp. xii, 411,  (4 of which advertisements); viii, [ii], 463, ; volume I with two colour-printed folding maps, 10 black and white plates, including the frontispiece, and 15 woodcut illustrations in the text; volume II includes one colour folding map, 10 illustrated plates, and 4 woodcut illustrations in the text; rubbing to extremities; volume II with repaired slit to upper portion of front hinge; traces of bookplate removal inside front covers; otherwise an attractive set of a work on Russian operations in Central Asia.
Second printing of the first edition. Written by one of the leading authorities, Eugene Schuyler, the secretary to the US legation in St. Petersburg and Consul General at Constantinople. Schuyler in his text aimed 'to study the political and social condition of the regions which had been recently annexed by Russia, as well as to compare the state of the inhabitants under Russian rule with that of those still living under the despotism of the Khans' (preface). He was the first American translator of Turgenev and Tolstoy, and was even a guest of the latter whilst finishing War and Peace, with Schuyler even helping Tolstoy to rearrange his library, and joining him on hunting trips. Schuyler combined his love of travel and scholarship with his diplomatic duties during a tour of Russia and Central Asia, which took eight months.