Circassia; or, A tour to the Caucasus, by George Leighton Ditson, New York, 1850

Circassia; or, A tour to the Caucasus, by George Leighton DitsonCIRCASSIA; OR, TOUR TO THE CAUCASUS.




Concerning the intensely interesting portions of the world of which the following pages treat, no work has ever been issued from the American press.  —  This, then, may lay claim to novelty.

As the Crimea  —  her oddly picturesque Tartar towns and gorgeous tumuli; Circassia  —  the fastnesses of her invincible heroes, the homes of her world-wide famed beauties, have beenvisited by no other American traveller, it may sufficiently apologize for the temerity of putting into print the journal of my tour. To those, however, who dissent from this, I would say, that by some of the most gifted of men I have been urged, both at home and abroad, to offer this work to the public.

The first edition contained innumerable errors, arising from various causes — arduous duties of a much less genial nature than the labor of constructing it, claiming each unexhausted hour ; while difficulties, in various forms, thrown in the way of its mechanical execution, disturbed and interrupted its progress. The present has been revised, and I think in no way can now be exceptionable to my readers ; but I can hardly expect its sale to be more rapid than that which in so short a time has carried off its predecessor.

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