New York: Harper and Brothers, 1874.
x + 438 pp. 31 black and white plates 1 map. 5.25 x 8.25 Hardback in Good condition. condition. Ex-library with usual marks including withdrawn stamp. Map is torn at gutter. Item #BOOKS010510I
First edition. "Januarius Aloysius MacGahan (1844-1878) was an American journalist and war correspondent working for the NEW YORK HERALD and the LONDON DAILY NEWS. His articles describing the massacre of Bulgarian civilians by Turkish soldiers in 1876 created public outrage in Europe, and were a major factor in preventing Britain from supporting Turkey in the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-78, which led to Bulgaria gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire . MacGahan [was in Europe] when the Franco-Prussian War broke out [and was hired] as a war correspondent with the French Army. MacGahan's vivid articles from the front lines describing the stunning defeat of the French Army won him a large following, and many of his dispatches to the HERALD were reprinted by European newspapers. By the age of twenty-seven, he was a celebrity . In 1871 MacGahan was assigned as the HERALD'S correspondent to St. Petersburg. He learned Russian, mingled with the Russian military and nobility, covered the Russian tour of General William Tecumseh Sherman and met his future wife, Varvara Elgaina, whom he married in 1873. He learned in 1873 that Russia was planning to invade the khanate of Khiva, in Central Asia. Defying a Russian ban of foreign correspondents, he crossed the Kyzyl-Kum desert on horseback and witnessed the surrender of the city of Khiva to the Russian Army. There he met a Russian Lieutenant Colonel, Mikhail Skobelev, who later became famous as Russian commander during the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-78. MacGahan described his adventures in a popular book, CAMPAIGNING ON THE OXUS, AND THE FALL OF KHIVA (1874)." - Wikipedia.