Book about Kazakhs by British intelligence officer kept in Columbia University library

Anuar Zhainakov, Advisor to the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN, spoke about books about Kazakhs and Kazakhstan of different years, which can be read in the old library at Columbia University in New York, cites the Facebook report.

Anuar Zhainakov said he had accidentally seen " Қазақ ССР ғылым академиясының хабарлары " (1959), "Kazakhstan during the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union 1941-1945" (1964), "Batyr Srym" (1947) - and other books about Kazakhs and Kazakhstan of different years on the shelves of Columbia University’s old library in New York. But the most interesting is the book with maps and illustrations about the journey to the Kazakh steppes, the city of Verny and to Lake Balkhash, by Ralph Cobbold, a British soldier, intelligence officer and a writer.

This book, entitled "INNERMOST ASIA - Travels and Sport in the Pamirs", was published in New York in 1900. In it, the author enthusiastically describes the city of Almaty at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Lake Balkhash, which locals called Tenіz, and even hunting for the then not yet extinct Turan tigers in those parts of the world.

The author also talked about a meeting near the Ili River with "nomads who called themselves arguns," and a lot more.

09:01, 14 October 2019

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