30 April 2008
PALLAS, Peter Simon (1741-1811). Travels Through the Southern Provinces of The Russian Empire in the years 1793 and 1794, translated from the German. London: A. Strahan for T.N. Longman [etc.], 1802-1803.
2 volumes, 4° (260 x 208mm.), 4 engraved folding maps, numerous vignette illustrations, mostly hand-coloured, and 51 stipple-engraved and aquatint plates, most coloured by hand, many folding. Contemporay diced russia, covers with a greek-key gilt border, flat gilt spines with black morocco lettering-pieces and FFF stamp at foot (joints and extremities rubbed, spines and boards slightly faded). Provenance: Francis Ferrand Foljambe (binding).
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Tooley 357 states: 'An extremely charming colour plate book ... It deserves a place in every colour plate collection for its numerous attractive coloured vignettes, an unusual feature. The plates themselves are also interesting technically, various forms of engraving being employed'. CLEAN COPY. Abbey Travel 222.
Together with part one ('premier cahier') of C.G.H. Geissler's Costumes, Moeurs et Coutumes des Russes. Leipzig: . 4° (243 x 185mm), 15 hand-coloured plates, contemporary russia. Colas I, 1207; Vinet 2319. (3)
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