Unknown Mongolia : A Record of Travel and Exploration in North-West Mongolia and Dzungaria

Unknown Mongolia is Douglas Carruthers’ master work, two huge volumes of ethnographic and geographic accounts from a field trip in 1910. Carruthers was accompanied by the hunter Jack Humphrey Miller, who helped finance the mission and contributed two chapters of his own to the book. Visiting the upper valleys of the Khovd River in modern-day Bayan-Ölgii,… Continue reading Unknown Mongolia : A Record of Travel and Exploration in North-West Mongolia and Dzungaria

Anthony Jenkinson’s Explorations on the Land Route to China

Anthony Jenkinson’s Explorations on the Land Route to China Working with the historian Dan Waugh at the University of Washington, Lance Jenott prepared a fine online presentation on Anthony Jenkinson’s 16th century travels to Central Asia. Included on the site are passages from Jenkinson’s text that describe Central Asian falconry. Jenott wrote a nice primer on the… Continue reading Anthony Jenkinson’s Explorations on the Land Route to China

Through Khiva to Golden Samarkand: The Remarkable Story of a Woman’s Adventurous Journey Alone through the Deserts of Central Asia to the Heart of Turkestan

Ella Christie (1861-1949) was a Scottish heiress who travelled through Central Asia on two occasions, in 1910 and 1912, publishing her accounts of the journey thirteen years later. An heiress to the industrial fortune of her grandfather, Alexander Christie, the Lady Ella, or “Miss Christie of Cowden” as she preferred to be called, had an… Continue reading Through Khiva to Golden Samarkand: The Remarkable Story of a Woman’s Adventurous Journey Alone through the Deserts of Central Asia to the Heart of Turkestan