Autograph Letter Signed, about Klaproth’s manuscript, saying it was translated from a Russian book, “officially confided to him when at Turkestan in 1805 or thereabouts”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, light creasing only. Letter head in Arabic beneath a coronet. 19 November 1868. Percy Smythe, 8th Viscount Strangford (1826-1869), immersed himself in cultural studies of the Ottoman Empire.