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TOOKE, William
View of the Russian Empire during the Reign of Catherine the Second,
London: Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, and J. Debrett,, 1799. and to the Close of the Present Century. 3 volumes, octavo (210 x 128 mm). Contemporary tree calf, rebacked with the original spines laid down, spines gilt in compartments, modern speckled calf labels, gilt-stamped knot designs and decorative rolls to compartments, edges sprinkled blue. Engraved folding map. This set from the Stratton Street library of Harriot Beauclerk (1777-1837), the British actress, banker, and later duchess of St Albans, with her bookplate to front pastedown and contemporary ownership inscription to the title page. Extremities rubbed, a few minor scuff marks to boards, spines dried and somewhat cracked, margins of prelims and endmatter heavily browned, mild offsetting from bookplates, occasional minor spotting to margins of text block. Volume I: short splits along front joint, upper corners of b5 and b6 chipped, distinct offsetting from the lightly foxed folding map, some larger spots along folds, small nick to stub. Otherwise a very good set. First edition of this compilatory overview of Russian history. Tooke (c. 1744-1820), a British author and translator, was ordained in February 1771 and a month later he accepted the position as chaplain of the English Factory church in Kronstadt, the main port of St. Petersburg. Three years later, Tooke became chaplain of the English Factory church in St. Petersburg "which had the largest and wealthiest British community" of the English churches in Russia; he remained there until 1792. During this period, Tooke "became friendly with the clergy … [Click Below for Full Description]
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