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Travels into Bokhara

Travels into Bokhara
Being the Account of a Journey from India to Cabool, Tartary and Persia; Also, Narrative of a Voyage on the Indus, from the Sea to Lahore, with Presents from the King of Great Britain
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  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108075497

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  • Aged sixteen, Alexander Burnes (1805–41) took up a post in the Bombay army, and speedily learned both Hindustani and Persian. His skills led him to political work, and he himself proposed a covert expedition to Bukhara, to survey the country, but also to observe the expansionist activities of the Russians in central Asia. In 1832, he set off, with an army doctor, and two Indians as surveyor and secretary. They travelled in local dress and adopted whatever personas a situation required. Having reached Bukhara, they continued overland to the Caspian Sea, and then to Tehran, returning to Bombay by sea in 1833. This three-volume account of his adventures, published in 1834, was an instant bestseller. The first two volumes describe the expedition, and the third an earlier journey to Lahore. Burnes continued his diplomatic activities in Afghanistan, but was murdered there by a mob in 1841.

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108075497
    • length: 1248 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 73 mm
    • weight: 1.63kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Lahore
    2. Across the Punjab to the Indus
    3. Peshawur
    4. Journey to Cabool
    5. Cabool
    6. Journey over the Hindoo Koosh, or Snowy Mountains
    7. Serious difficulties
    8. Balkh, and journey to Bokhara
    9. Bokhara
    10. Bokhara (cont.)
    11. Detention in the kingdom of Bokhara. Volume 2:
    12. Journey in the desert of the Toorkmuns
    13. Continuation of the journey in the Toorkmun desert
    14. Khorasan
    15. Journey among the Toorkmuns of the Caspian
    16. Journey through Persia
    Book I. General and Geographical Memoir on Part of Central Asia:
    1. An account of the kingdom of Bokhara
    2. The river Oxus
    3. On the valley of the Oxus
    4. On the reputed descendants of Alexander the Great
    5. On the sources of the Indus
    6. Notice on Yarkund
    7. On the mountains of Hindoo Koosh
    8. Toorkmania, or the country of the Toorkmuns
    9. On the inroads of the Tatars
    10. On the horses of Toorkistan
    Book II. An Historical Sketch of the Countries between India and the Caspian Sea:
    1. The Punjab
    2. Historical sketch of events in Afghanistan
    3. Chiefship of Peshawur
    4. Chiefship of Cabool
    5. On the affairs of Afghanistan
    6. Summary on the affairs of Cabool
    7. On the power of Koondooz
    8. Sketch of the history of Bokhara
    9. On the political and military power of Bokhara
    10. On the state of Khiva, or Orgunje
    11. On the N.E. frontier of Persia
    Book III. On the Commerce of Central Asia:
    1. On the commercial relations of the Punjab, and the advantages of opening the Indus
    2. On the commerce of Cabool
    3. On the commerce and foreign communications of Bokhara and central Asia
    4. Notice on the trade of Persia: Observations on Burnes's collection of coins. Volume 3: Introduction
    1. Arrival of presents from the king of England
    2. Tatta described
    3. Departure from Hydrabad
    4. Quit Bukkur
    5. Voyage in the country of the Seiks
    6. Enter Lahore
    Memoir on the Indus and its Tributary Rivers in the Punjab:
    1. A general view of the Indus
    2. A comparison of the Indus and Ganges
    3. On Sinde
    4. On the mouths of the Indus
    5. On the delta of the Indus
    6. The Indus from Tatta to Hydrabad
    7. The Indus from Hydrabad to Sehwun
    8. The Indus from Sehwun to Bukkur
    9. The Indus from Bukkur
    10. The Indus from Mittun to Attok
    11. The Chenab, or Acesines, joined by the Sutlege, or Hesudrus
    12. On Bhawul Khan's country
    13. The Punjab
    14. The Chenab joined by the Ravee
    15. The Ravee below Lahore
    16. A memoir of the eastern branch of the Indus, and the Run of Cutch.

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    Alexander Burnes

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