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STRAHLENBERG, Philipp Johann von.

An Historico-Geographical description

of the north and eastern parts of Europe and Asia; but more particularly of Russia, Siberia, and Great Tartary.

Stock Code
91008
London:Brotherton, 1738
£7,500

An excellent copy of this celebrated study of Russia and Mongolia, complete with the large map; with fine English provenance.

The author, the Swedish officer Philipp Johann Tabert von Strahlenberg (1676–1747), spent 10 years in captivity in Siberia between 1711 and 1722 following the defeat of Charles XII. During his stay in Russia he collected information and material on the languages and people of Ural and Altai stock, which became the basis for the present work.

The text is of great importance, offering much first hand information - geographical, historical, and ethnographic - about Siberia and Great Tartary. The work also includes early descriptions of the linguistics of the region, with a Kalmyk vocabulary that includes translations of Mongolian words. The most important aspect of the present work, however, is von Strahlenberg's rare map depicting the Russian realm and Great Tartary, which contains extensive information about Siberia. Preparing the map, von

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Description

4to, 22.7 x 17.5 cm); with large folding map by R.W. Seale, folding woodcut map, folding table, 10 engraved plates (3 folding including 1 map), woodcut tables and illustrations in text (some full-page); inscription in ink to title, repaired small marginal tear to pp. 311-312; contemporary calf, gilt ruled covers, spine with raised bands, gilt lettering to second compartment, gilt decorative ornaments to the others; neatly rebacked to style; xii, 463 pp.

Bibliography

Cox I, 194; Crowther 2034.

Stock ID:91008

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