Travels in Siberia

Including Excursions Northwards, Down The Obi, To The Polar Circle, And Southwards, To The Chinese Frontier.

ERMAN, Adolph

ERMAN, Adolph Travels in Siberia Including Excursions Northwards, Down The Obi, To The Polar Circle, And Southwards, To The Chinese Frontier.

Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848.

First edition in English. 8vo. Two volumes. Bound in the published original cloth, blindstamp decoration to the covers, titled gilt to the spine. Advertisement catalogue dated October 1847 bound in at the rear of the first volume. Folding map frontispiece to the first volume, showing Erman's route. A very good set indeed, the spines a little faded with some wear to the boards. Nevertheless, a fresh copy, with perfect hinges, scarce in the original cloth.

Adolph Erman was a physicist and traveller who embarked on a circumnavigation attempt in 1828, travelling from Berlin with the expedition of Christopher Hansteen as far as the Mongolian Border, before proceeding from Kyakhta alone after Hansteen turned back. He made it across the Sea of Okhotsk to Russia's south-eastern peninsula where at Petropavlovsk he joined Fedor Petrovich Litke and sailed to Tahiti, returning to Europe via South America.
He wrote up his travels across five volumes published in Berlin from 1833 until 1842. After his award of a Royal Geographical Society Medal in 1844 - the speech conferring him that medal held him in the same esteem as Humboldt - William Cooley set about translating the Siberian portion of Erman's travels, which include finding the existence of a Siberian magnetic pole, and exploring the "life of the roaming Samoyede under the polar circle... in a climate which, at first view, seems hardly compatible with human existence" (Preface). It is these parts of his journey that are covered in the present work.

Howgego III, E17.

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