London: Rowland Ward, 1904.
Extra-illustrated with photographs, drawings, and correspondence. Plates from photographs, folding map at end. xiv, 259 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Siberian Sport & Travel in 1903. Original terracotta cloth over bevelled edges, spine and upper cover titled in gilt, patterned endsheets. Very good plus. One small adhesion at p. 197, with loss of a word or two. Black morocco-backed slipcase and cloth chemise Czech, p. 209. Item #310363
Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Captain H. W. Seton-Karr, who accompanied Swayne on this trip, and who has inserted 25 larger photographs, approx. 3 x 5 inches (often inserted on the blank verso of the printed plates, including several of Seton-Karr with trophy heads of Ovis ammon on Asian hillsides and in Wimbledon in 1883, as well as of scenes and persons from the Siberian trip), many captioned in the margins; 4 smaller photographs captioned in ink; 4 photographic post cards; 2 typed letters, 5 autograph letters, signed, from Swayne to Seton-Karr (34 pages total); a few short pencil annotations by Seton-Karr; 4 pencil drawings; some printed ephemera.
Seton-Karr has also annotated the title page, adding “with Mr H. W. Seton-Karr” beneath the title.
Major Harald G.C. Swayne (1860-1940), soldier and sportsman, was author of Seventeen Trips through Somaliland (1895); he also served in Burma and Aden, and later in Flanders during the first world war.
Seton-Karr (1859-1938) was born in India, educated at Eton, Oriel, and Sandhurst, serving for a time as an officer at Gibraltar and in Egypt. He travelled extensively for sport in Africa (Egypt and Somaliland), Norway, Alaska, and in India and Central Asia. His books incuded two volumes on Alaska and British Columbia, and Ten Years’ Wild Sports in Foreign Lands (1889). One of the items of ephemera (added later), is a publicity piece on Seton-Karr, noting 19 journeys to Africa, 25 expeditions to Asia, and 20 trips to Arctic Europe and America.
Swayne and Seton-Karr, “traveled from Moscow, across the Urals and into the mountainous regions of Mongolia and the Altai Shan. Near the Chagan-Burgaza Pass, Ovis ammon were bagged. In the Laki Valley, ibex and more Ovis ammon were collected. There are excellent descriptions of terrrain throughout. The author used Elim Demidoff's After Wild Sheep in the Altai and Mongolia as a guide” — Czech.
A rich and fascinating extra-illustrated record of Siberian travel by one of the participants.
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