Fresh, crisp copy of the only edition of this uncommon work. Waxel (1776-1816), a Russian Imperial Councillor and member of a few scientific academies in St. Petersburg and Berlin, travelled in the southern part of the Sea of Azov (Crimea and the north coast of the Black Sea) in 1797 and 1798. He discovered there and drawn numerous ancient artifacts, such as sculptures, inscriptions and coins, mostly from the period of Greek colonization. 66 items are here engraved and commented in French and German.
Two parts in a volume 4to (29 x 22.5 cm). Frontispiece engraved by Fr. Juegel, Berlin, after Koslofskoi [Kozlovskiy, Mikhail Ivanovich], St. Petersburg, engraved title with vignette map engraved by C. Taettnig, 14 pp. incl. letterpress title, 42 numb. subjects engraved on 14 plates; title, -30 pp., subjects numb. 43-66 on 5 engr. pl. — in all engr. frontispiece, engr. title and 19 plates; light spotting to frontispiece and title, blank? leaf possibly lacking at end of part 1. Contemporary blue boards, white paper spine with printed paper label; spine slightly chipped, boards a bit soiled and faded.
Provenance: Stadt-Bibliothek, Hamburg (withdrawal stamps to upper cover, upper endpaper and title verso).
Stock ID: 86520