Oliphant’s Russian Shores of the Black Sea: Second EditionSKU: 9359
Oliphant’s Russian Shores of the Black Sea: Second Edition
Date of publication:
The Russian Shores of the Black Sea in the autumn of 1852. With a voyage down the Volga and a tour through the country of the Don Cossacks. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1853.
Action and adventure
Oliphant’s ‘rambling and adventurous career’ (ODNB) has been the subject of several biographies. He trained as a lawyer, but became known as a traveller, diplomat, journalist and religious mystic. Travelling in Russia shortly before the Crimean War, he warned against ‘Russian aggression’, and by ‘passing as phlegmatic German peasants from some neighbouring colony’ was able to enter Sevastopol with a companion, and map the fortifications.
Condition & Materials
Second edition. 8vo. pp. xiv, [ii], 380, 16 (publisher’s ads) + and tinted lithographic frontispiece and 2 black and white lithographed maps by W and AK Johnston, the second of which (tracing the author’s route in red) is folding; numerous wood-engraved black and white vignettes in the text. Spotting at intervals, folding map foxed and with short nicks and tears. Brown publisher’s cloth blocked in gilt and blind, with a vignette of a camel-drawn cart on the front cover, neat restoration to headcap; binder’s ticket of Edmonds and Remnants on lower pastedown as per Abbey.
Abbey, Travel, 233.