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Travels in Kamtchatka and Siberia

Travels in Kamtchatka and Siberia
With a Narrative of a Residence in China
2 Volume Set

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration

  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108070874

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  • An Irish-born adventurer in Russian service, Peter Dobell (1772–1852) embarked in 1812 on a long journey from Kamchatka across Siberia to Tomsk. This two-volume work, first published in 1830, contains a detailed and idiosyncratic account of his journey, painting an affectionate picture of the region and its people. The narrative includes ethnographic observations, descriptions of nights spent with local families, notes on the wildlife encountered, and discussion of the problems caused by the weather. Dobell also lived in China for many years, and his remarks on the experience are incorporated into the work. He gives opinionated observations on topics such as Chinese society, traditions, trade and medicine. Again, this narrative reflects Dobell's instinctive curiosity and enthusiasm. Volume 1 covers the first half of the journey, starting in Kamchatka and ending in Yakutsk. Volume 2 covers the concluding part, from Yakutsk to Tomsk. It also contains all of the chapters on China.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108070874
    • length: 726 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Author's arrival at Kamtchatka
    2. Author's reception at Nijna Kamtchatsk
    3. The author's second departure from St Peter and St Paul
    4. An excursion on snow-shoes
    5. Journey continued from Timlatee
    6. Prince Zachar's advice as to the route
    7. Toyune of Kammina
    8. Route continued from Igiga
    9. Situation of Yamsk
    10. Continuation of the journey
    11. Prosecution of the journey
    12. Kind attentions experienced by the author at Ochotsk
    13. Course of the party along the river Okkatchan. Volume 2:
    14. Yakutsk
    15. Tabbaginsky station
    16. Description of the town and inhabitants of Irkutsk
    17. Situation of Tomsk
    Part II. A Residence in China:
    1. Aspect of the country to the eastward of Macao
    2. Whampoa
    3. Nature of Chinese commercial policy
    4. Population of Canton
    5. Remarks on the Chinese character
    6. Canton
    7. Chinese habits
    8. Low state of morality in China
    9. The first month of the Chinese year, and its festivals
    10. Chinese notions of the deluge and the creation
    11. General conformity of habits and customs among the various classes in China
    12. Infrequency of travelling among Chinese
    General account of the varieties and management of tea.

  • Author

    Peter Dobell

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