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A Journey Into Siberia, Made By Order Of - Chappe D'Auteroche, M. Abbe - 1770. 
Printed for T. Jefferys, Geographer to the King, London 1770 - Quarto. First edition in English.Bound in twentieth century half calf with marbled boards and new endpapers; black leather title label. xiii, vii, 395pp. (Errata, verso of final leaf). Complete with folding engraved map of Russia; 9 engraved plates, one of which is folding. Seven plates depict costume. The map is frayed at the fore-edge with some loss to the border only; there is some spotting and age-toning to some leaves. Bookplate of Josiah Wedgwood, Etruria, on front paste-down and reverse of the map. In 1761 Chappe D'Auteroche travelled to Siberia in the hope of observing the transit of Venus that had first been observed in 1639 by Jeremiah Horrocks. It is appropriate that a man of learning such as Wedgwood (1730-1795) would have this volume in his library, especially when he had sold Catherine the Great the 952 Green Frog Service in 1773. It cost £2700 and is now in the Hermitage Museum. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: McManmon, B.D. ABA, ILAB]
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