Fine copy of the first edition
Informative account of Western Siberia (to Irkutsk) under Nicholas I. Cottrell, an English businessman, carefully observed and reported on the country: its history, economy, relations with Russia and China, Russian exiles and English residents. Also described are mining operations for copper, gold and platinum, and the Siberian and Central Asian people. The Author discusses earlier and contemporary European works on Siberia but claims none are as accurate or as unbiased as his. Although he did not reach the Pacific Ocean he includes a section on Vrangel’s voyage of discovery in the Far East and Kamchatka.
8vo (23 x 14.8 cm). xii inluding title, preface and table of contents, 410, , 16 pp., folding map engraved by Walker after Klaproth, Burnes, Piadishev etc. Publisher’s dark green cloth blind stamped, flat spine lettered in gilt; slightly rubbed.
Provenance: J. Eden Thomas (?; handwritten inscription to title).
Stock ID: 72592