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Travels Through the Southern Provinces of The Russian Empire, in the years 1793 and 1794
London: Printed for John Stockdale,, 1812. Translated from the German ... 2 volumes, quarto. Recent antique-style sprinkled calf, red morocco labels. 52 plates (44 hand-coloured, 21 of these folding), 28 vignettes (23 hand-coloured), and 3 folding maps. Some offsetting from a number of the plates, occasional foxing and browning, largely to the heavier paper-stock used for the text vignettes, maps browned, as often, else a very good set, unopened and untrimmed. Second edition of one of the chief travel narratives describing Russia in the late eighteenth century, first published 10 years earlier. Pallas, an eminent German naturalist, describes what he saw "with Teutonic thoroughness" (Nerhood). A handsome production due mainly to the attractive and charming colour illustrations which appear as vignettes in the text as well as additional plates. The illustrations depict the natives of the regions traversed, their costumes and occupations, the scenery and landscapes. Although the title page calls for 121 plates, all of those listed are present. Pallas is best known for his contributions to botany, particularly the "Flora Rossica" and this travel narrative provides a background for his plant collecting ventures.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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