Fine example of the first edition bound in richly gilt red morocco, an early issue
Plates include Copenhagen, Hamburg, Stralsund, Frauensberg, Tilsit, Cronstadt, Igiora a Village near St. Petersburg, a Flying Mountain (a helterskelter), Bronnitzi, women near Novogorod, the Kremlin, Borodino, Smolensk, Lithuanian jewesses and a view of Borisoff. These plates are accompanied by an interesting and informative text on local customs, history and so on, written as the author progressed along his route.
4to., (29.7 x 23.7 cm). Half-title, title, vii, 460 pp., with 20 hand-coloured plates (including the frontispiece), two maps, one full-paged uncoloured plate of Russian farming implements, and one text illustration, at least two plates with 1812 watermark. Contemporary red straight-grained morocco, tooled in gilt on spine and both boards, gilt edges; rebacked preserving spine, a bit rubbed at edges.
Provenance: William Strange (ex-libris to verso of upper fly leaf).
Stock ID: 88853