New York: Harper & Brothers, 1858. 8vo. 533 pp. plus leaf of publisher’s advertisements. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. With frontispiece plus beautiful 51 illustrations and folding map. Black cloth, author and title in gilt on spine; new endpapers, small waterstain on top edge of pages 48-65, otherwise a clean copy with an ownership inscription that indicates “purchased April 30, 1858.”. Item #15151
First American edition of an incredible journey through Siberia undertaken by the English architect and artist Atkinson (1799-1861). The author traveled nearly forty thousand miles, nearly a third of which he did on horseback. Atkinson provides a vivid account of adventures and misadventures in a frozen and often barren landscape, including numerous close brushes with death from both natural and unnatural causes. He goes into great detail about the populated regions of Siberia, most never visited by Westerners, including the customs and life of its people.