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PALLAS, Peter Simon; GEISSLER, Christian Gottfried Heinrich (artist).

Travels through the Southern Provinces of the Russian Empire, in the Years 1793 and 1794.

Stock Code
89543
London, A. Strahan for T.N. Longman, O. Rees and others, 1802
£2,750

Fresh example of the first edition in English of 'an extremely charming colour plate book [which] deserves a place in every colour plate book collection for its numerous attractive coloured vignettes, an unusual feature.' (Tooley)

Pallas' second and most picturesque expedition, which lasted from 1768 until 1774, took his team (including the artist Geissler) on a scientific journey along the Volga to Astrakhan, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus and Taurida (modern day Crimea), to which the entire second volume is dedicated. A handsome production, due mainly to the many attractive hand-coloured illustrations that appear as vignettes in the text, as well as several additional plates. These depict the local inhabitants of the regions traversed, their costumes and occupations, and the scenery and landscapes. There are particularly fine views of Bakhchisarai and the bays of Sebastopol and Balaklava.

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Description

First edition in English, 2 volumes, 4to (29.5cm) [xxiv] including title, 552 pp. including half-title, with 25 engraved plates and 14 hand-coloured engraved vignettes; xxx including title, 1 f. detailing errata, 524pp. including half-title, with 27 hand-coloured engraved plates; some offsetting to text. Complete, but the first vignette of volume 2 is mistakenly a duplicate of that of volume 1. Original boards with modern spine in 6 compartments, gilt lettered direct to second, third and fourth, others with gilt decoration, raised bands with gilt, uncut.

Bibliography

Abbey (Travel), 222; Tooley 357.

Stock ID:89543

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