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Description de toutes les nations de l'empire de Russie, ou l'on expose leurs moeurs, religions, usages, habitations, habillemens et autres particularites remarquables . traduite de l'Allemand.
Weitrecht part 3 et Schnoor for Charles Guillaume Muller St. Petersbourg -7 1776 - First French edition. 3 vols, 4to., text accompanied by 75 hand-coloured copper engraved plates, uncut; occasional light spotting, heavier in vol 1. preserved in slipcase. The first significant Russian work with plates coloured by hand and the first important ethnographic work on the Russian peoples: a fine example, uncut, with strong colours. As the captions of the plates show, the work was planned to be published in three languages: German, French and Russian. The first two were the quickest to be issued, the French version being translated from Georgi's native language, German. Georgi (1729-1803) was a geographer and chemist, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. He went in 1772 to accompany Peter Simon Pallas, a German zoologist and biologist, on his expedition through Siberia meant to research Catherine the Great's huge empire. "After his return to St. Petersburg Georgi published the observations he made during his trip. It is hard to overestimate Georgi's work. His records provided extensive and accurate ethnographical, economical, botanical and geographical descriptions of the large part of the Russian Empire." (NDB, Neue Deutsche Biographie VI, 242). The work is divided into the three sections: I. People of the Finnish tribe (25 plates), II. Tatar people (30 plates), III. Samoyed, Manchu and Eastern Siberian people (20 plates). SK 1374; Lipperheide 133; Colas 1224; Brunet II, 618. [Attributes: First Edition]
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