Publisher New York, New York, U.S.A. Charles Scribner's Sons 1906
Seller ID 007666
First American edition [published simultaneously with the British edition by Heinemann?]. Printed by Ballantyne & Co., London. Publisher's pictorial dark red buckram binding, moderately soiled and age-darkened. With fairly crisp black-stamped lettering and design of camel train to the front board and gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. Gently bumped spine head and tail, with moderately bumped and lightly abraded corners. 8.75 x 6 inches. All edges deckled to a handsome effect. Front hinge very slightly tender. Text block firmly bound in. B&W frontispiece portrait of Lord Curzon with opposite tissue guard. With xxi and 562 numbered pages, including numerous appendices. With approximately 150 B&W illustrations, many of which are archival photos and some of which are full-page. Also present, as called for, is a fold-out map at the rear. The map is by the author and depicts the terrain of Afghanistan, and principal towns, cities and forts, as well as railway routes. The map adroitly colored in red and blue. There is a deftly repaired 3 inch tear into the left side of the map. Else the map is in fine condition. Almost no spotting or foxing in the book. Very faint evidence of pencil erasure at the top of a front FEP and a rear FEP. Else an impressively clean volume, with evidence of moderate shelf life. Gently read. No DJ is present. A Very Good Minus copy. Rare in any condition. Areas covered include Tashkent, Merv, Bokhara, Kabul and the Orenburg-Tashkent railway.