"Hugues Krafft"Rare original edition of this magnificent publication, no doubt taken from a limited number of copies on Vélin du Marais paper. This book is dedicated by the author to Madame la Marquise de Montebello as a grateful and respectfully devoted tribute. KRAFFT (Hugues). Through Russian Turkestan. Illustrated book of two hundred and sixty-five engravings from the clichés of the author and containing a map in color. Paris, Hachette et Cie, 1902. Gd in-4 °; (3) -VII-228 pp .- (1) -70 superb photographic reproductions h.-t. [gravure] and very fine photographic reproductions in-text [collotype] -1 color map. inset map folded in fine, full sheepskin, smooth back of wine color very nicely adorned, gold title piece [oriental style] in morocco, two gold florets [rosettes], dishes in full sheepskin stamped cold with three gold florets [rosaces], gold head, vellum covers with golden florets preserved, binding of the editor [oriental], superb copy in good condition. "Excellent photographer and globetrotter, Hugues Krafft (1853-1935) undertakes in 1882, with his brother and two friends [Charles Kessler and Louis Borchard], a world tour that will allow him to see in two years the British East Indies, Indochina, China, Japan, and North America "(Numa Broc, Asia, 264). Less than a quarter of a century later (1 January-9 June 1899), Hugues Krafft visited in depth the Russian Central Asia (favored by the arrival of the Transcaspian railway in 1888), not without courage and difficulties, and brought back a magnificent collection of photographs (more than 200 pictures!), a true masterpiece in the field, and more literary and scientific notes that made his fame. Another important contribution of this perilous journey was the selection of a varied collection of ancient and modern Central Asian works of art that was presented during a solo exhibition at the Central Union of Decorative Arts in Paris, France. 1906. The impressive record of this expedition was appreciated at the time in high places: Krafft received the Léon Dewez prize and a gold medal from the Geographical Society of Paris, as well as the Montyon prize from the Académie française. Note that this excellent and valuable travel relationship will qualify for the posterity of enlightened traveler.