Travels from St Petersburg in Russia, to Diverse Parts of Asia

Travels from St Petersburg in Russia, to Diverse Parts of Asia

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John Bell (1691-1780) trained as a physician, but preferred a life of travel and diplomacy. He entered the service of Tsar Peter the Great of Russia, and had already taken part (as the expedition's doctor) in a government mission to Persia in 1715-18 when he was asked to join a further embassy to China. This two-volume work, published in 1763, describes both these journeys. The first part of Volume 1 contains an account of the Persian expedition, and the second a narrative of the journey across Siberia to the walls of Beijing. It includes fascinating anecdotes of the peoples encountered, and their environment, beliefs and customs, including a female Siberian shaman, the pet musk deer of an exiled Swedish general, and the interdependence of marmots and rhubarb (at this time a valuable medicinal drug). This is a delightful account of an area then hardly known in the west.show more

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  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 110807152X
  • 9781108071529

Table of contents

List of subscribers; Preface; Part I. A Journey from St Petersburg in Russia, to Ispahan in Persia: 1. From St Petersburg to Cazan; 2. Occurrences during our stay at Cazan; 3. Occurrences during our stay at Astrachan; 4. Occurrences during our stay at Shamachy; 5. Occurrences during our stay at Tauris; 6. Occurrences during our stay at Ispahan; 7. From Ispahan to Shamachy; 8. From Shamachy to St Petersburg; Part II: A Journey from St Petersburg in Russia, to Pekin in China: 1. From St Petersburg to Tobolsky, the capital of Siberia; 2. Occurrences at Tobolsky; 3. Occurrences at Tomsky; 4. Observations on Yakutsky and Kamtzatsky, and journey continued to Irkutsky; 5. From Irkutsky, cross the Lake Baykall, to Selinginsky; 6. Occurrences at Selinginsky; 7. From passing the Saratzyn, and entering the Chinese territories, to our arrival at the wall of China; 8. From the wall of China to Pekin.show more