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CONSETT, Thomas.
The Present State and Regulations of the Church of Russia. Establish'd by the late Tsar's royal edict. Also in a second volume a collection of several tracts relating to his fleets, expedition to Derbent, &c. Translated from the originals in the Slavonian and Russian languages. With an accurate Map of the Caspian
London: printed by S. Holt, and sold by J. Brotherton Tho. Meighan, A. Miller, and Fr. Hildyard, Bookseller in York, , 1729. London: printed by S. Holt, and sold by J. Brotherton Tho. Meighan, A. Miller, and Fr. Hildyard, Bookseller in York, , 1729. Cementing the reputation of Peter the Great 2 parts in 1 volume as issued, octavo (194 x 116 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked, red morocco label. Complete with errata, divisional title and contents leaf. Occasional light foxing and browning but generally clean. A very good copy. First edition, a collection of Russian documents in English translation, all serving the compiler's attempt to cement the reputation of Peter the Great (who had died four years earlier) as a great leader and reformer. Thomas Consett was the first Anglican priest of the "British Factory", the association of British merchants who were resident in Russia. He spoke Russian, established a reputation as a scholar, built a vast Russian library, and moved in circles close to Peter, whom he was a great admirer of. Through these circles he accessed information not just ecclesiastic and scholarly, but also relating to political matters, making him a valued correspondent of the British government. The book was published with a clear purpose, using the printing of original documents to establish the place of Peter the Great as a revolutionary leader in Russia's history. "I have thought it for the purpose to lay a sure foundation of future history, by drawing out of the language of the country some authentick records which will, and must be allow'd to be proper mat … [Click Below for Full Description]
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