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SPILMAN, James.]
A Journey Through Russia into Persia. By two English Gentlemen, Who went in the Year 1739, From Petersburg, in order to make a Discovery how the Trade from Great Britain might be carried on from Astracan over the Caspian. To which is annex'd, A summary Account of the Rise of the famous Koulikan, and his Successes, till he seated himself on the Persian Throne.
London: printed for R. Dodsley, 1742. Octavo (190 x 123 mm). Rebound in modern boards, printed paper label to front board, edges sprinkled red. Compplete, in spite of erratic pagination. Small ink notation on verso of title page. A few blemishes to contents, stab-holes in gutter from prior binding, p. 7 with 2 small chips, p.29 with chip at foot, final advertisement leaf discreetly laid down. A very good copy. First edition. James Spilman (1680-1753) started trading in Russia in 1701, rising to the position of one of the leading British merchants to the country and making a major contribution to the Anglo-Russian treaty of commerce in 1734. In 1742 he published this work, containing an account by John Elton and Mungo Graeme of their explorations in 1739, where they attempted to find a trans-Caspian trade route from Astrakan to Persia which the British could exploit. The work contains numerous observations on Russian and central Asian history, customs and commerce, at a time when British trade with Russia and knowledge of its interior was rapidly increasing. Cross, In the Lands of the Romanovs, C11; ESTC T29225. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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