- 19th CENTURY
- 1888 George Kennan Siberian Exile Russia Novgorod Engravings Vintage Article
This historic 127+ year old ORIGINAL vintage article, Across the Russian Frontier, was carefully removed from the Century Magazine, published in 1888. Written by George Kennan, the article is 24 pages long including 15 engravings / illustrations. The page size is 6 ¼ x 9 ¼ . (00028) 2/15
Illustrations / Engravings include:
- The Boundary Post
- Map of Siberia and surrounding regions
- The “fair-city” of Nizhni Novgorod, from the southern bank of the Oka
- A street in the old town of Nizhni Novgorod
- A peasant woman of Simbirsk
- Street in a peasant village on the Volga, water-carrier in the foreground
- A peasant hamlet on the bank of the Volga
- A Siberian village gate-keeper (Pask’otnik)
- The City of Perm
- A verst-post on the Ural Railroad
- A street in Ekaterineburg
- A post station on the Great Siberian Road
- A train of freight wagons (obozes) on the Siberian Road
- Bivouac of a party of teamsters (Oboz drivers)
- Huts of village age-keepers
Condition: Good Condition with some light toning to the pages due to age.
Excerpt from the article:
"The Siberian expedition of sailed from New York for Liverpool on the second day of May, 1885.It consisted of Mr. George A. Frost, an artist of Boston, and the author of this paper. We both spoke Russian, both had been in Siberia before, and I was making to the empire my fourth journey. Previous association in the service of the Russian-American Telegraph Company had acquainted us with each otherand long experience in sub-arctic Asia had familiarized us with the hardships and privations of Siberian travel. Our plan of operations had been approved by THE CENTURY; we had the amplest discretionary power in the matter of ways and means; and although fully aware of the serious nature of the work in hand, we were hopeful, if not sanguine, of success. We arrived in London on Sunday, May 10, and on Wednesday, the 13th, proceeded to St. Petersburg by rail, via Dover, Ostend, Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, and Eydkuhnen.
As the season was already advanced, and as it was important that we should reach Siberia in time to make the most of the summer weather and the good roads, I decided to remain in the Russian capital only five days ; but we were unfortunate enough to arrive there just at the beginning of a long series of church holidays, and were able to utilize in the transaction of business only four days out of ten."