COCHRANE, Capt. John Dundas. Narrative of A Pedestrian Journey Through Russia and Siberian Tartary, From the Frontiers of China to the Frozen Sea and Kamchatka; Performed During t….

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COCHRANE, Capt. John Dundas Narrative of A Pedestrian Journey Through Russia and Siberian Tartary, From the Frontiers of China to the Frozen Sea and Kamchatka; Performed During the Years 1820, 1821, 1822, And 1823, By Capt. John Dundas Cochrane, R.N., London, John Murray, 1824.

8vo. 20th-century half calf over marbled boards, red morocco lettering-piece; pp. xvi, 564 with 2 large folding maps; title-page a little dusty and with repaired tear, a little spotted; a good copy of the scarce first edition.
An extraordinary narrative of Capt. Cochrane's four-year journey across Russia and Tartary. Cochrane has been described as one of the most eccentric of all travellers; the entire journey was made on foot and on horseback. Cochrane had 'left England with the intention of making a tour of the world by way of Russia, Siberia, and North America. He travelled by Dieppe, Paris, and Berlin to St Petersburg, most of the way on foot for the sake of economy. His subsequent progress was facilitated by the Russian government, who supplied him with the means to hire horses, sledges, and canoes. He reached Okhotsk in June 1821, having left England in February 1820. While in Kamchatka he married a lady of the country and abandoned the idea of prosecuting his journey any further. He returned to Europe by way of St Petersburg, which he reached in June 1823' (DNB). - This particular copy in places heavily annotated in ink by a contemporary reader. For example, she or he, comments on Cochrane's marriage of a Russian lady in Kamchatka in writing Oh, Capt. Cochrane !!! In a later edition Cochrane rebukes the disapproval of this marriage in England.

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