O'DONOVAN, Edmund (1844-1883)
The Merv Oasis. Travels and Adventures East of the Caspian During the Years 1879-80-81... London: Smith, Elder and Company, 1882.
2 volumes, 8vo (220 x 139 mm). Frontispieces, maps and facsimiles of State Documents. (Frontispiece detached in volume II, old tape repairs.) Publisher's brown cloth, gilt-lettered (discreet library label on spine with associated markings). FIRST EDITION. In 1879, O'Donovan journeyed to Merv, in order to send first-hand reports back to London. He was captured and held captive by the Tekke Turcomen for five months and wrote this account during that time.