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Siberian Journey
Down the Amur to the Pacific, 18561857
Perry McDonough Collins
Edited, with an Introduction by Charles Vevier

“A book of genuine value and interest not only to those concerned with Siberia but to anyone who likes great journeys.”
—John A. Harrison, Journal of Asian Studies

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.

“Collins is a lively writer with full appreciation for all that was colorful in the mysterious region through which he was the first American to pass, and he has genuine zest for the people he met along the way. The book presents an interesting account of Russian–American relations in the mid-nineteenth century.”
New World Review

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 (1924–1995) was vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.


“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.”

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November 2011
LC: 62-014414 DK
380 pp.   6 x 9
2 illus., 3 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-02674-5
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Replaces 1962 hardcover, UWP, ISBN 978-0-299-02671-4

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