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CHEVALIER, Pierre.

A discourse of the original, countrey, manners, government and religion of the Cossacks,

with another of the Precopian Tartars. And the history of the wars of the Cossacks against Poland.

Stock Code
102485
London, by T.N. for Hobart Kemp, at the sign of the Ship in the upper walk of the New Exchange, 1672
£2,750

The work is a translation of Pierre Chavelier's Histoire de la guerre des Cosaques contre la Pologne, published in 1668. The translator Edward Brown states in the preface that although Ukraine is one of the most remote regions of Europe and the Cossack term very modern, the region had recently been a stage of 'glorious actions'.

The Cossacks in the lower Dineper region had been under the relaxed rule of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until they broke away in the mid 17th-century. The rebellion was led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky who became Hetman of the Zaporozhian Host. He decided to switch allegiances of the Sich and signed a treaty with Russia in 1654.

Chevalier recounts tales of Cossack raids along the the Black Sea with five or six thousand men who are able to row across to Turkey in the space of forty hours. Their courage, ingenuity, diligence and horsemanship was much

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Description

First edition in English; 8vo, [12], 195, [1] pp., woodcut initials and headpieces, worming towards foot, heavier at start with loss of a few letters of text, ink name to head of title, contemporary sheep, a few small wormholes, extremities a little rubbed.

Bibliography

Atabey 237n.; Wing C3800.

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