Oriental and Western Siberia:
A Narrative of Seven Years' Explorations and Adventures in Siberia, Mongolia, the Kirghis Steppes, Chinese Tartary, and Part of Central Asia. London Hurst and Blackett 1858
First edition pp.viii, 611, 20 lithograph plates, 4 in colour, 32 text illustrations, folding map. An exceptionally bright and clean copy in original cloth.
Atkinson, English traveller and painter, was inspired by Alexander von Humboldt to travel through Russia and Central Asia in 1845. A year later he journeyed to Siberia and on through the Kirghiz steppe. In 1849 he reached the heart of Mongolia via Kobdo and Uliassutai. His narrative describes his stay with the Khalka Mongols and the crossing of the Mongolian plains. From the journey Atkinson brought home 560 sketches, of which only a few were used in this book.