Siberian Journey: Down The Amur To The Pacific, 1856?1857

Paperback | November 18, 2011

byPerry Mcdonough CollinsEditorCharles Vevier

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Perry McDonough Collins was the first American to journey through Siberia and down the 2,690-mile Amur River to the Pacific Ocean. In 1860 he wrote A Voyage Down the Amoor, an account of his adventures, and his book proved so popular that it was reissued in 1864. Siberian Journey consists of Collins’s original text framed by an interpretive introduction and explanatory notes by Charles Vevier, providing an extensive, first-hand account of Russia’s land and its people in the mid–nineteenth century.

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Perry McDonough Collins was the first American to journey through Siberia and down the 2,690-mile Amur River to the Pacific Ocean. In 1860 he wrote A Voyage Down the Amoor, an account of his adventures, and his book proved so popular that it was reissued in 1864. Siberian Journey consists of Collins’s original text framed by an interpr...

Perry McDonough Collins (1813–1900) was the visionary behind the Russian–American telegraph, also known as the Collins Overland telegraph, which came about as a result of his journey. Charles Vevier (1924–95) was vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:November 18, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299026744

ISBN - 13:9780299026745

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Editor’s Note

Preface to A Voyage Down the Amoor

I Departure for Siberia

II From Moscow to Nijne-Novgorod

III Nijne-Novgorod—The Great Fair

IV From Nijne to Ekaterinburg

V From Ekaterinburg to Omsk

VI From Omsk to Irkutsk

VII Irkutsk

VII From Irktsk to Kyachta

IX Kyachta, Mai-Mat-Tschin, and the Feast of Lanterns

X A Russian Dinner

XI From Irkutsk to Petrovskey

XII From Petrovskey to Verchne-Udinsk

XIII From Verchne-Udinsk to Chetah

XIV A Visit to the Mines of Nerchinsk

XV The Silver Mines of Zarentunskie

XVI The Cossacks of the Argoon

XVII The Gold Mines of the Onon

XVIII Passage of Mount Bornorskoy

XIX Residence at Chetah

XX A Wild-Goose Chase

XXI Departure from Chetah

XXII Down the Ingodah

XXIII A Mineral Spring

XXIV From Bankin to Schilkah

XXV From Schilkah to Ouse-Cherney

XXVI From Russian into Chinese WAters

XXVII First View of the Amoor

XXVIII From Ouse-Strelkah to Albasin

XXIX On the River

XXX A Mangoon Camp

XXXI Manchoo Visitors

XXXII A Manchoo Guard-Boat

XXXIII Arrival at Igoon

XXXIV Manchoo Spies

XXXV A Manchoo Village

XXXVI A Tartar Beauty

XXXVII Manchoo Junks

XXXVIII The Sonahree

XXXIX Russian Progress

XL Floating Along

XLI The Navigation

XLII The Hongahree

XLIV A Goldee Village

XLV Female Sailors

XLVI A Night of Danger

XLVII Ancient Monuments

XLVIII Arrival at Nikolaivsky

XLIX Nikolaivsky

L American Residents

LI Character of the Amoor Country

LII Natives on the Amoor

LIII Trade and Resources of Siberia

LIV Voyage to Japan

LV Hakodadi

LVI To Kamschatka

LVII Stay at Petropaulosky

A Note on the Sources

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Collins’s quirky, zestful character comes to the fore, and his enthusiastic narrative captures the reader’s attention with its attention to detail, descriptive voice, and anecdotes. The fact that this book is still such an engaging companion after 150 years bears witness to the balance struck between science and entertainment.”—Sibirica