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PAULY, Théodore de.

Description ethnographique des peuples de la Russie.

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St Petersburg, F. Bellizard, 1862

First edition of this striking work 'l'ouvrage est tres rare et c'est l'un des plus beaux sur les differents costumes des peuplades de la Russie' (Colas)

Dedicated to Alexander II and published to commemorate the thousand year jubilee of the Russian Empire - the founding of the dynasty of Novgorod by the three Rus princes, Rurik, Sineus and Truvor - Pauly's book is suitably magnificent in size and scope, with plates of a consistently high artistic and technical quality. Descriptions of the varied inhabitants of the Empire are divided in parts between the Indo-Europeans, the Caucasians, the Uralo-Altaic nations, eastern Siberians and the short final section covers the 'peuples de l'Amerique russe'. The text is one of the most scholarly of the period.

These qualities were recognised immediately after publication 'Cet important ouvrage a été rédigé sur les matériaux que possède la Société géographique impériale de Russie et sur les documents des

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First edition; 5 parts in 1 vol; folio (54 x 42 cm); 62 chromolitgographic plates with tissue guards after Gagarin, Karpov, Timm, Zichy, F. Teichel, Viale, Zakharov and others, double-page map, plate of skulls, spotting, water stain to corner of preliminary pages; contemporary brown morocco with title to cover and spine rebacked retaining original spine, lightly rubbed.


Colas 2292; Sabin 59233

Stock ID:99001

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