Rev. Henry Lansdell
Reverend Henry Lansdell (1841-1919) was a Church of England clergyman and traveller. Born at Tenterden in Kent on 10 January 1841, he was ordained a priest in 1868. In the 1870s he began to travel, at first spending short holidays in the more accessible parts of Europe, but ultimately making long and often arduous journeys in little known parts of Asia until he had visited almost every part of Europe and much of central Asia, Russia, and Siberia. His object was to distribute tracts and bibles provided by London missionary societies in many languages wherever he went, most notably in prisons and hospitals in Siberia and central Asia. He published accounts of his travels in Through Siberia
(2 vols., 1882) and Russian Central Asia
(2 vols., 1885). The first proved extremely popular, running to five editions in England and also being published in German, Danish, and Swedish.
His travel experience led to his election to the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and the British Association for the Advancement of Science on whose committee he served.
According to a caption printed in the lower margin, the author of Russian Central Asia
is seen here 'in Native Costume, with presents from the Emir of Bokhara'.