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Perry, John (Captain)
THE STATE OF RUSSIA UNDER THE PRESENT CZAR (SIGNED); ".in relation to the several great and remarkable things he has done, as to his naval preparations, the regulating his army, the reforming his people, and improvement of his countrey : particularly those works on which the author was employ'd . : also an account of those Tartars, and other people who border on the eastern and extreme northern parts of the czar's dominions . : to which is annex'd, a more accurate map of the czar's dominions, than has hitherto been extant."
Printed for Benjamin Tooke, London, 1716. 8vo. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked with lighter leather, five raised bands, and gilt titling to spine. Only very occasional light foxing, and age-tanning to some pages in text block. viii, 280. Large folding map by Heinrich Moll. Map is in great shape and shows just one 1-inch edge tear to lower right. Head and tailpieces to chapters Presentation copy inscribed twice by "Captain Perry, Feb. 4, 1716" on Preface Page (A2), and again, identically, on Page 1 (first page of text) both to Captain Stephen Martin. Errata sheet, affixed to verso of last preface page. Perry (1670-1733) was a hydraulic engneer and writer who joined the Royal Navy in his teens and was. commissioned lieutenant in1689. This particular narrative reveals Captain Perry to be a keen observer and articulate writer who offers up in-depth glimpses of the Russian culture, both at the royal and plebian levels. April 1698 Lord Carmarthen and the navy's surveyor-general [Perry] him to the visiting tsar of Russia, who recruited him for hydraulic engineering projects. Perry made a verbal agreement with the Russian ambassador for an annual salary of £300, his expenses, and a bonus for each work completed. . Perry's first assignment, at Astrakhan, was to build a canal between the rivers Volga and Don to link the Caspian with the Black Sea. .Hampered by a shortage of materials and manpower, it was finally halted by war in 1701. Perry was recalled to Moscow and .his next two projects centred on Voronezh: first between 1702 and 1703 he built a dam across the Voronezh River, … [Click Below for Full Description]

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