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Description de toutes les nations de l'empire de Russie. Beschreibung aller Nationen des Rußischen Reichs (part 4).
J.C. Schnoor with Weitrecht part 3-4 for Carl Wilhelm Müller St. Petersbourg 76 77 & 1780 1776 - Two volumes 4to: four parts of text in 1 vol., and plates vol. (27.5 x 22.5 cm). Text: vol. I-III in French, vol. IV. in German; title, [2] ll. dedication and introduction, 108 pp., with head- and tail-piece vignettes engraved by Roth; title, introduction leaf, 228 pp., with two more vignettes engr. by Roth; title, introduction leaf, 164 pp., with two more vignettes engr. by Roth; title, 'Nachricht' leaf, general introduction I-XII, [4] table of contents, 397-530, [10] index pp., with a headpiece engraved vignette, and tail-piece engraved musical notes; some light marginal browning and spotting, occasional light waterstain, mostly marginal, two leaves with a marginal tear. Plates volume with 95 plates engraved by Roth with fine contemporary hand colouring, with Russian, German and French captions, most numbered in the plate, some by hand only; some plates bound out of order. Modern green calf over contemporary green morocco boards, boards gilt ruled, flat spines with red morocco labels with gilt lettering and gilt decorative ornaments. Fine example of the first edition of this remarkable work: the first significant Russian publication with plates coloured by hand, and the first survey of the peoples of Russia. With 95 plates in beautiful contemporary colour, due to Roth, the leading engraver in St. Petersbourg in the 1770s, who also engraved fine firework displays, frontispieces and vignettes (such as in the celebrated Nakaz of Catherine the Great). This copy is complete with the first three parts of the text in French, to which was added the fourth part, which was published only in German, four years later after the death of the engraver Roth. All captions for the engravings were printed in Russian, German and French, so that they could be supplied to the text volumes of any of the three languages. Georgi being German, the text was written first in that language but all three languages were published simultaneously. This copy contains the variant of pl. 73 showing a naked 'Chukotskaya baba'. This important book is the first extensive survey of the peoples of Russia, their composition and their habits and behaviours. It had a long-lasting success and its fine plates were model to many Western, often inferior imitations and copies. The work is divided in four parts: I. People of the Finnish tribe (25 plates), II. Tatar people (30 plates), III. Samoyed, Manchu and Eastern Siberian people (20 plates), IV. Mongolian peoples, Russians and other peoples (mostly Cossacks) (20 plates). A German geographer and chemist, Johann Gottlieb Georgi (1729-1803) made career in Russia at the service of Catherine the Great. In 1770 he studied at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. Two years later Georgi went to accompany Peter Simon Pallas, a German zoologist and biologist, on his expedition through Siberia. "He was particularly interested in the region of the Lake Baikal. His description and mapping of this region remained one of the most accurate and significant for several decades. 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). Bitovt 1860 (Russ. and 3 parts only); Brunet II, 618; Colas 1224; Lipperheide 133; Obolyaninov 490 (Russ. only, 3 parts of text but mistakenly lists 95 pl.); Rovinskiy, Slovar 845 (#65-159); SK 1374; Sopikov 7535 (Russ. and 3 parts only); cf. Ostroglazov 219 (2nd edition). Not in Gubar. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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