JOHN MASSEY STEWART    Book Number: 89323    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'The Atkinsons' Adventures in Siberia and the Kazakh Steppe', this is the first full biography of an unjustly forgotten man. Thomas Witlam Atkinson (1799-1861) was an architect, artist, traveller extraordinaire, author -and bigamist. Famous in his lifetime as 'The Siberian Traveller', he spent seven years travelling nearly 40,000 miles through the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia with special authorisation from the Tsar. He produced 560 watercolour sketches, many published here for the first time in beautiful quality, of the often dramatic scenery and exotic peoples. He kept a detailed daily journal, now extensively quoted for the first time with his descendants' cooperation. This is also the story of Lucy, his spirited and intrepid wife, and their son Alatau Tamchiboulac, named after their favourite places, and born in a remote Cossack fort. Both shared his many adventures and extremes of heat and cold, travelling with him on horseback up and down precipices and across dangerous rivers, escaping a murder plot atop a great cliff, and befriending the famous Decembrist exiles. Snowstorms, intense cold, torrential rain, the main hero of the book leaves us an extraordinary account of the 19th century Russian Empire. A real treat and beautifully illustrated hardback, 344pp, photos, woodcuts, full page plates.
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ISBN 9781911604303
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