• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 205

    ERMAN, Georg Adolf (1806-1877). Travels in Siberia ... translated from the German by William Desborough Cooley. London: Longman [etc.], 1848. 2 vols., 8° (218 x 137mm), half-titles, folding engraved map. (Slight spotting to half-titles and map, occasional light dust-soiling.) Original embossed red cloth (spines faded and a little crinkled, vol. I with short tear to spine and slight split to front inner hinge, tiny hole and scuff mark to rear cover of vol. II). Provenance: S.E. Widdrington, Newton Hall (bookplate).

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    ERMAN, Georg Adolf (1806-1877). Travels in Siberia ... translated from the German by William Desborough Cooley. London: Longman [etc.], 1848. 2 vols., 8° (218 x 137mm), half-titles, folding engraved map. (Slight spotting to half-titles and map, occasional light dust-soiling.) Original embossed red cloth (spines faded and a little crinkled, vol. I with short tear to spine and slight split to front inner hinge, tiny hole and scuff mark to rear cover of vol. II). Provenance: S.E. Widdrington, Newton Hall (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, IN ORIGINAL CLOTH of what Erman's translator calls 'a philosophical survey of the coldest quarter of the earth'. It was part of an account of a journey round the world (published in Berlin, 1833-1842, in 5 vols), beginning when Erman went to Siberia in 1828 as a member of Christopher Hansteen's expedition to carry out magnetic measurements. The folding map illustrates his route through Siberia. cf. Howgego Encylopedia of Exploration 1800 to 1850 p. 206; and 2 other mid-19th century works in 5 vols. (7)


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