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LYALL, Robert.

The Character of the Russians, and a Detailed History of Moscow.

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London, T. Cadell, 1823

A very fresh example of an important work, finely coloured by hand, illustrated after drawings by Lavrov showing Russian peasants and many atmospheric views of the Moscow Kremlin; it also includes a large folding plan and panorama of the city.

Lyall, a botanist and a traveller, claimed that he had spent some of the best years of his life in Russia. Having studied medicine, he practised as a junior doctor in St Petersburg and later lived in Ostrov, near Moscow. The work includes a catalogue of plants and edible mushrooms found in the Moscow area, an essay on Russian architecture and an account of the 1812 Fire of Moscow during the occupation by Napoleon.

From the library of Markree Castle in Co. Sligo, renowned for its discerning selection of books in pristine condition.



First edition, 4to (26.7 x 21.2 cm). 28 pp. including title, dedication, preface, table description of the plates and half-title, cliv pp., half-title, 640 pp. including appendix, index and errata page, with 23 engraved plates, some folding, including 13 aquatints coloured by hand engraved by Edward Finden after Lavrov, a folding plan of Moscow by Mutlow and 2 wood engraved illustrations in text, bookplate and shelf label to upper pastedown; contemporary half calf over marbled boards, spine in six parts with gilt ruled raised bands, morocco label to second, corners bumped, slight wear to covers, internally very fresh, an excellent example.


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