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A small ship made its way up the Tigris river in the winter of 1890. Bound for Baghdad, the steamer Mejidieh was carrying what would prove to be a historically significant load of singular humanity. On board were two of the most important equestrian travellers of the Victorian era - Lord Curzon and Isabella Bird. Though he would later become the most celebrated Viceroy of India, George Curzon had initially made a name for himself by becoming the first Englishman to ride through the remote Pamir mountains of Central Asia. The Long Rider turned politician was now entering Persia to ascertain its political importance to the British Raj. Isabella had already survived so many mounted adventures that the Times of London had dubbed her "the boldest of travellers." She was intoxicated with the freedom she discovered on horseback and praised the "charm of the nomadic life" she had chosen to lead. The story she weaves in "Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan" celebrates the indomitable horse¬woman's mounted explorations in this once enchanted portion of the world. It is replete with both the dangers and observations Bird was famed for. Meeting the Shah of Persia by chance, cantering away from ruffians, or wandering the bazaars in disguise were all part of her daily fare. Though her quest for equestrian adventure was to turn her into a compulsive traveller, Isabella's ride across Persia remains a forgotten equestrian travel classic. It is presented in its original two-volume set, complete with delightful drawings.
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Book Description The Long Riders' Guild Press, 2004. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # A114979