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Voyage philosophique, politique et litteraire - CATHERINE II, THE GREAT] - CHANT - 1794. 
Briand Paris 1794 - Two volumes 8vo (20 x 13.5 cm). xvi, incl. half-title and title, 387; x incl. half-title and title, 381 pp., with a folding engraved map and 3 plates engraved by Boutrois; closed tear repaired to pp. 323-324. Contemporary marbled paper imitating tree calf, flat calf spines gilt, each with two orange morocco labels lettered in gilt, pink silk bookmarks; a bit rubbed A fine copy of the first edition. Far more than a simple travel account, Chantreau's important work is a full survey of Russia at the end of the reign of Catherine the Great, including physical descriptions, economic considerations, statistical figures and sociological observations - these are smartly compiled from various sources available at the time, since Chantreau actually never travelled to Russia (he lived more than 20 years in Spain). The engraved map, in excellent condition, shows Western Russia and the plates include two scenes linked with the Tsar's wedding and an interpretation of the celebrated monument to Peter the Great in St. Petersburg. Boucher de la Richarderie II, 18; Hoefer IX, 680-81. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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