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Guthrie, Maria."
A tour performed in the years 1795-6, through the Tauride, or Crimea, the antient kingdom of Bosphorus, the once-powerful republic of Tauric Cherson, and all the other countries on the north shore of Euxine, ceded to Russia by the peace of Kainardgi and Jassy. Described in a series of letters to her husband, the editor, Matthew Guthrie."
London, Nichols and Son, 1820.4to. Later half calf. With 2 folding maps, 11 engraved plates (8 depicting coins) and some woodcuts. Xxiv, 446, (2) pp.First published in London in 1802; a dual language edition in French and Russian was publisbed at Moscow in 1810. - Series of letters written by Maria Guthrie to her husband, a noted antiquary who asked her to report on all ancient Greek and Roman ruins and antiquities she could find between St Petersburg and the Black (or 'Euxene') Sea. This she did, travelling not only under the normal difficulties of eighteenth-century cross-country transport but the added pressures of providing full dispatches for her husband on every stage of the journey. The substance and regularity of the letters show how conscientious she was - they are astonishingly detailed and scholarly (Robinson, Wayward women p.282/283). Maria Guthrie was the headmistress of a school in St. Petersburg for the education of the daughters of the Russian nobility. Her husband was physician to the Imperial Corps of naval cadets. This journey along the Black Sea coast tells much of the antiquities, coins, monuments seen, as well as detailed reports on mosques, modern architecture, life and customs in the area, as well as trade. Charming descriptions are given of gardens. This work was edited by her husband after her death. - Slightly foxed, otherwise fine. Atabey Collection 546; Cat. Russica 1398; Cox I, p.199 (other ed.); Muller, Bibl. Neerl.Russe, 507; not in the Blackmer Collection."
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