Zigzag Journeys in the Orient – Hezekiah Butterworth (1884)

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Zigzag Journeys in the Orient – Hezekiah Butterworth (1884)

S$87.00

Title: Zigzag Journeys in the Orient. The Adriatic to the Baltic. A Journey of the Zigzag Club from Vienna to the Golden Horn, the Euxine, Moscow, and St. Petersburg

Author: Hezekiah Butterworth

Publisher: Estes and Lauriat, Boston, 1884.

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. Fair. Two large closed tears to the first page of Chapter 1, with tape markings over them. Tape marking to the plate facing it, of Alexander’s Column. Small closed tears in a few other places, but not affecting text and with no tape marking. Covers bright but with a few sunned/rubbed patches, and edges fraying slightly. Profusely illustrated with beautiful black-and-white engravings. Pictorial endpapers. 320pp., app 8.5″x7″. Overseas shipping will cost extra.

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Description

This fascinating volume is a travel book framed as a school excursion across Central and Eastern Europe, and Turkey. Part of the “Zigzag Journeys” series, it tells the story of a class of boys and their two teachers, who make their way from Florence to St Petersburg, detouring on the way and stopping at Vienna, Constantinople, Bulgaria, Montenegro and other locations. On their travels they are educated on the history, geopolitics and culture on the various places; this book actually serves as a very good introduction to the issues of the day, such as the rise of Russia in the 19th century, the weakening of the Ottoman Empire, and the Great Game. Interspersed throughout the text are fun stories and folktales – many about dervishes – related by the teachers. The book is full of absolutely beautiful black-and-white engravings of the people and scenes.

Contents:

  1. A Curious Journey Proposed
  2. Stories about Constantinople
  3. The Eastern Question
  4. Mohammedan Worship
  5. Vienna and the Danube
  6. The Crusades
  7. The Story of Montenegro
  8. Bulgaria and the Dardanelles
  9. Constantinople
  10. The Black Sea
  11. Sebastopol
  12. The Cossacks
  13. Moscow
  14. Nijni Novgorod
  15. St Petersburg
  16. The Assassination of the Czar