NARRATIVE OF A MISSION TO BOKHARA, IN THE YEARS 1843-1845, TO ASCERTAIN THE FATE OF COLONEL STODDART AND CAPTAIN CONNOLLY

London: Published, for the author, by John W. Parker, West Strand, 1846. Fourth edition (first published London, 1845), complete with the frontispiece (earlier editions contained either 8 plates and the frontispiece or four portraits). 8vo. xxvii, 515 pp. Frontispiece portrait of the author. Col. Charles Stoddart and Capt. Arthur Connolly were executed as British spies by the Emir of Bokhara in 1842. Blackmer sale 1109 (for the New York, 1845 edition): "Wolff brought the first authentic account of the fate of the two officers to England having been commissioned to do so by a committee headed by Captain John Grover: they had been beheaded. Their executioner had been instructed to dispose of Wolff in the same way but he escaped after a series of remarkable adventures. A Jew who converted to Christianity, he spent much of his life attempting to persuade other Jews to follow the same course. His travels were often beset by extraordinary difficulties but his enthusiasm and vitality enabled him to endure, after rescue from slavery in Khorassan, a walk of six hundred miles through Bokhara to Kabul having been robbed of everything including his clothing." Large travel-themed bookplate of Andrew Morrison on the front pastedown. Very good. 20th-century red three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, gilt title on spine, floral endpapers. (#6325). Item #58390

Price: $250.00

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