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WEBER, Friedrich Christian (d. 1739). Das veränderte Russland. Frankfurt: Nicolaus Förster, 1721; Hannover: Nicolai Försters und Sohns, 1739-40.
WEBER, Friedrich Christian (d. 1739). Das veränderte Russland. Frankfurt: Nicolaus Förster, 1721; Hannover: Nicolai Försters und Sohns, 1739-40.
WEBER, Friedrich Christian (d. 1739). Das veränderte Russland. Frankfurt: Nicolaus Förster, 1721; Hannover: Nicolai Försters und Sohns, 1739-40.
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WEBER, Friedrich Christian (d. 1739). Das veränderte Russland. Frankfurt: Nicolaus Förster, 1721; Hannover: Nicolai Försters und Sohns, 1739-40.

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WEBER, Friedrich Christian (d. 1739). Das veränderte Russland. Frankfurt: Nicolaus Förster, 1721; Hannover: Nicolai Försters und Sohns, 1739-40.

The first edition in original boards of one of the most important accounts of Peter the Great’s Russia. The first volume contains Weber’s eye-witness report, while volumes 2 and 3 mainly detail the voyages of other explorers, including Lange and Le Brun. Weber describes not only the intrigues of Peter’s court, but the habits of indigenous peoples of the Russian high Arctic such as the Khanty—who he writes had been only recently converted from paganism. The engraved plates include one of the earliest plans of St Petersburg, maps and city views, as well as coins and the native costumes and customs of Central Asia and Siberia. Holzmann & Bohatta II, 400.

Three parts in two volumes, quarto (203 x 165mm). Vol. 1: engraved portrait of Peter the Great, title in red and black, 7 engraved plates, 4 of which folding; Vol. 2-3: engraved portrait of Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich, 10 engraved plates, 3 of which folding (marginal paper repair in vol. 1). Original papered boards and vellum spines. Provenance: Stephen Lunsford, Bookseller.

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