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LEVCHINE, Alexis de [??????? ????????? ??????].
Description des hordes et des steppes des Kirghiz-Kazaks ou Kirghiz-Kaïssaks. Traduite du russe par Ferry de Pigny [.] revue et publiée par E. Charrière.
Imprimerie royale for Arthus Bertrand Paris 1840 - Tall 8vo (24 x 15.8 cm). Half-title, title, dedication leaf, vi, 514, [2]pp., with 'atlas' title lithographed by Coulon, 10 lithographed plates and a large folding map; some spotting, several marginal tears not affecting text, some neat repairs to the folds of map. Contemporary calf over marbled boards, gilt lettering to spine; extremities slightly rubbed. "?????? ??????????????? ??????????????? ????????????? ?? ?????????, ??????? ? ?????????? ?????????? ?????? ???????? ???? ?.?.???????" (? ?????????? and ?.? ??????????, ???????????? ??????????? ? ????? ?????????? ?????????, in ?????? - ???????????? ???????? ?? ?????????? «???????????????? ??????? ??????????, 2010). First French edition. Rare on the market: we could not trace any copy at auction in the last 35 years. It contains the same illustrations and map (re-engraved) as the first edition, published in Russian in only 400 copies just 8 years earlier. One of the founders of the Russian Geographical Society, Liovshin (1798-1879) based his work on the material collected during his service at the Orenburg Border Commission in 1820-22. The author was much praised for his ability to combine scientific research with knowledge acquired directly from interaction with local people. Shokan Valikhanov (1835-65), another great Kazakh historian whose monument stands today in front of the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences in Almaty, called him the "Herodot of the Kazakh steppes". Liovshin's groundbreaking work, first published partially by Pushkin himself, covers the geography, history … [Click Below for Full Description]
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