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THE HISTORY OF PETER THE GREAT, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA. To which is prefixed, A short general history of the country, from the rise of that monarchy: and an account of the author's life.
Aberdeen, F. Douglass and W. Murray; London, sold by C. Hitch and L. Hawes, 1755.. In two volumes, FIRST EDITION 1755, 8vo, approximately 200 x 130 mm, 8 x 5 inches, Volume I: engraved portrait frontispiece of the emperor, another of the author, a folding map of Russia engraved by J Phinn, pages: xl, 311, prelims include subscribers' list; Volume II: engraved portrait frontispiece of Prince Menzikoff, pages: viii, 352, (24) - index and 2 page advert, bound in full speckled calf, double gilt ruled border to covers, skilfully rebacked to style, raised bands, gilt rules, previous gilt lettered red morocco labels, original endpapers retained. Small repairs to board corners, front inner paper hinge neatly repaired in Volume I , 2 neat names on front endpapers, 1 dated 1952, another on title pages plus a couple of almost erased words, fore-edge of folding map has a very small closed tear neatly repaired, not affecting images, ink smudge to 2 facing lower margins just affecting 5 letters, all still legible, very occasional slight browning to margins. A very good set. Major General Alexander Gordon (1669-1752) spent some years in the service of the Csar. His life and exploits are recounted in 18 pages at the start of the book. As well as the history of Peter the Great, the author gives sketches of the previous history, information about the country, its people, customs and governance. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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