Six Months in Persia.

Six Months in Persia.
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London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1882. 2 vols., 8vo, iv, 294; iv, 319 pp. Publisher’s brown cloth, decorative stamping in red on upper cover and in blind on lower cover, gilt titles on backstrip, green patterned endpapers. Very good with just a touch of wear to crowns and tips, vol 1. with one corner bumped and the shadow of some old stains on the cloth of the upper board. Memoir of Edward Stack of the Bengal Civil Service who in 1881 travelled from the Indian city of Bareilly through Karachi and Gwadar in modern day Pakistan, briefly to Muscat in Oman, and then into Persia. In Persia he travelled up the gulf to Bushire (Bushehr), visited Persepolis and Firuzabad and Lar, and from there went north through Karman (Kerman), Yazd, Teheran, and Mashhad before returning to England via the Caspian Sea and Moscow, a journey of seven months. His observations dwell on landscape, logistics and conversations with notables along the way. Vol. 2 ends with chapters of general observations on geography, the “Land Revenue System”, “Remarks on the Present Conditions of Persia”, and “On Travelling in Persia”, the latter providing detailed recommendations on wardrobe, medications, mules, staff along with general encouragements. A New York edition containing maps was published by Putnam’s in the same year. The only illustration in this volume is a plan of the Firuzabad Fire Temple in the Fars Province of modern day Iran. “There are some interesting accounts of discussions with tribal leaders. The author also has a good eye for the countryside and there are some excellent descriptions.” Ghani, p. 349 (New York edition). (Item Id: 107570)

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