A Journal of Three Months' Walk in Persia in 1884 by Captain John Compton Pyne

A Journal of Three Months' Walk in Persia in 1884 by Captain John Compton Pyne


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In 1884, John Compton Pyne, a British soldier, having finished his tour of duty in India, decided to make a detour on his trip home in order to spend three months crossing Persia, unaccompanied except by the local muleteers. Among his accouterments he packed a small leather-bound sketchbook in which he not only wrote a journal but also added beautiful and charming watercolor illustrations. This edition reprints his adventurous journal alongside an introduction that contextualizes this trip against the background of the Persian influence in British culture, and sets this influence as a driving force behind Pyne’s travels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789087282622
Publisher: Leiden University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Series: Iranian Studies Series
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marjan Afsharian works for the Encyclopaedia Islamica project at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. Russell Harris is an established translator of literary works from French and Arabic.

Table of Contents

Table of Figures
John Compton Pyne (1857-1893), 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment, by Jeremy Archer
Introduction, by Russell Harris and Marjan Afsharian
                Background to the Journal
                Cultural Background
                Romantic attraction of Persia and the call of Lalla Rookh
                Persia in music and applied arts
                The telegraph
                Persia in Europe
                Tourism and adventure in the Orient
                The state of Persia
                The Journal
Epilogue, by Jeremy Archer

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