[Asia] Lizars, Asia. Edinburgh, circa 1831. Two leaves, each 15 x 34½. Original body color. Transference; a few edge tears repaired, else VG. SOLD
Interesting captions are found throughout: especially intriguing is the report on the eastern shores of the Caspian of a "Missacre" of 3,000 Russians in 1717 by "Usbecks." This refers to an ill-fated expedition by Prince Alexander Beckewitz. When Peter the Great heard that gold particles had been found washing down the Daria River, he ordered the Prince to secure the river's mouth and discover the source of the gold. The Prince and his army were misled and then destroyed by the Uzbek Tartars.
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