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Abercromby, John / A trip through the eastern Caucasus
(1889)

Preface,   pp. [vii]-viii


Page [vii]

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PREFACE. 
THE Eastern Caucasus is still a region so little known 
to English tourists that perhaps it is worth while to describe 
even a six weeks' tour. The notes made were slight. But 
the main chain of the Caucasus was twice crossed by passes 
little used, except by natives. The wall of Derbend and 
the highly interesting art village of Kubichi were more 
completely, though still insufficiently, explored than it has 
fallen to the lot of English travellers before me to 
accomplish. 
As few, save the "personally conducted," can travel in 
a new country without wishing to know something of the 
language, especially in "the Mountain of Languages," I 
have added a chapter on the structure and affinities of the 
seven best known tongues of the Eastern Caucasus, and 
drawn deductions therefrom. Perhaps some one may be 
induced thereby to deal with the subject more thoroughly 
hereafter. 
Here I ought to express my great obligation to his 
Excellency M. de Staal, for kindly giving me a letter to 
the Governor-General of the Caucasus, his Excellency Prince 
Dondukoff Korsakoff. Through his Excellency's courteous 
instrumentality I was furnished with a circular letter in 
Russian and Arabic to all in authority, wherever I wished 


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