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Russia - Donald Mackenzie Wallace - 1905. 
London - Cassell & Company, 1905 Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. Donald Mackenzie Wallace's famous work on Russian civilisation, handsomely bound in an Asprey binding, and illustrated with two fold out maps. From the collection of Count Sangorski. Wallace, who was a foreign correspondent for The Times, lived in Russia from 1870-5, ostensibly to visit the Ossetes tribe in the Caucuses. However, he ended up finding Russia itself far more interesting, and this work is the result. It was originally published in 1876-7, right before the Russo-Turkish war. Appropriately, perhaps, this edition was published as anothermore decisive war came to a close, andRussia faced catastrophic defeat against the Japanese in Manchuria and the Korean straights. With publisher's advertisements appended to both volumes and separately paginated. With two highly useful fold out maps, one showing Russian population densities and the other its areas of vegetation. The definitive British viewpoint of Russia as it teetered on the brink of turmoil in the years before the first world war. Count R. L Sangorski was a prominent art collector famous for contributing to the John Marriot collection of Chinese Art. These works are listed on a receipt for binding issued to him in the 1980s, found with the sale of his collection. Bound in the 1980's after Asprey's acquisition of Zaehnsdorf bindery (1983), who merged it with their previous acquisition of Sangorski and Sutcliff. This binding is likely to be a Zaehnsdorf binding, under the name of Asprey. Condition: In a crushed morocco Asprey binding, with gilt titles to the spines. Externally excellent, with little discernable wear - a small mark to the tail of the spine of volume I only. Lightly foxed for the first and last few pages as usual, otherwise generally clean and bright throughout, and firmly bound. Overall: NEAR FINE.
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