MILLINGEN, Major Frederick Wild Life Among the Koords. London, Hurst and Blackett, 1870.
8vo. Original terracotta cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers ruled in blind; pp. xiii, 380, 15, publisher's catalogue; wood-engraved frontispiece, vignette to title, one folding map; light darkening to cloth, extremities minimally rubbed, very few and light spots internally, a very good copy; late 19th-century stamp of the Royal College of Science Library in Ireland (dissolved in the 1920s) to title.
Very rare first and only edition. Millingen became Osman Bey in the Turkish army and afterwards turned Greek under the name Alexis Andrejevitch. He travelled to the region of Lake Van (Turkish-Persian borderland) following his appointment to the command of mostly Albanian border troops stationed in Kurdistan. The present work offers an account of his travels to and within the area, together with chapters on the history of the Kurds, the Armenians, Nestorians, local tribes, culture, social structures and the material culture.
Wilson, Bibliography of Persia p. 153.