Good. First English edition. Quarto. 4 maps, 30 of 52 plates. Volume I: xxiii, , 552p; 25 plates, of which twenty are hand-colored; fourteen vignettes, of which thirteen are hand-colored; and three uncolored maps. Volume II: xxx, , 523pp, ; 5 plates only of 27, of which two are colored; fourteen vignettes, ten of which are hand-colored; and one uncolored map. Contemporary calf leather, gilt, rebacked in modern leather, marbled page ends, marbled endpapers. Chipping to original leather, stray pencil marginalia, offsetting, sparse foxing Nerhood notes that "as an employee of the Russian crown, Pallas, eminent German naturalist, travels throughout the realm, describing the flora and fauna with Teutonic thoroughness", Nerhood 126; Cox, "his reports on the geology, fauna and flora are of great scientific value", Cox I: 199; Prideaux, "handsome quarto edition. Original vignettes of surprising attractiveness and beauty." Peter Simon Pallas was counselor of state to His Imperial Majesty of all the Russians when this book was published. The beautiful illustrations depict the natives of the regions he visited, their costumes and occupations, some domestic animals, and the scenery and landscapes. Abbey No 222; Tooley No 357. Prideaux, pages 220-221; Wellcome IV: 288; Lowndes 1766.
2 volumes, 4to, pp. xxiii, , 552; [iii]-xxxii, 525; complete with with 52 engraved plates (43 hand-colored, 26 folding), 29 in-text vignettes (23 hand-colored), all by Geissler, and three large folding maps; contemporary full calf with an octagonal panel central on all covers within double gilt rules, rebacked ca. 1930 in brown calf, gilt-decorated spines, brown morocco labels lettered in gilt; extremities a bit worn and rubbed, but the binding is sound and, a few spots and some minor offsetting aside, it's internally fine. Cox I, p. 199: "Pallas was one of the savants chosen by the St. Petersburg Academy to carry on the work of examining the resources of the far distant parts of the Russian Empire. He left St. Petersburg in 1768 and spent a full six years investigating various districts of Siberia, the Urals, the Caspian, Tobolsk, Lake Baikal, the Lower Volga, etc. His reports on the geology, fauna, and flora are of great scientific value." His journey extended to the frontiers of China. "Few explorations have been as fruitful as this six years' journey" (EB). The translator, F. W. Blagdon. in addition to the narrative, the natural history results of the expedition which were not included in the first German edition. Abbey, Travel 222 (for the first English edition of 1802-03); Tooley, pp. 357-8.
pp. xxiii, (1, errata) 552; xxx, (1, errata), 523; with 51 engraved and aquatint plates (most of which are hand-colored), 4 folding engraved maps, 28 hand-colored aquatint vignettes. Contemporary speckled calf-leather, rebacked preserving original spines with red and black gilt-lettered labels, 4to (275 x 217 mm). This is the first edition in English. It was translated from the original German entitled "Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs in einem ausfuhrlichen Auszuge" published in 1778. There is a scientific flair to Pallas' accounts as the author was trained as a botanist and zoologist. This well-illustrated work documents the author's "travels from St. Petersburg eastwards, along the Volga, to Astrakhan, the Caspian Sea, thence to the Caucasus Mountains, the Crimea, and back to St. Petersburg. Pallas covers the ethnology, costumes, flora, fauna, geology, topography and commerce of the southern provinces of Russia" (Abbey Travel 222). Cox, (volume 1, p. 199) observes that "Pallas left St. Petersburg in 1768 and spent six full years investigating various districts of Siberia such as the Urals, the Caspian, Tobolsk, Lake Baikal and the lower Volga. His reports on the geology, flora, fauna and indigenous inhabitants are of great scientific value." Finally, Tooley (357, p.289-291) called the work "an extremely charming colour plate book...It deserves a place in every colour plate collection for its numerous attractive coloured vignettes, an unusual feature." Armorial bookplate of Margaret D. Stephens. Inscribed to "Joe Frank Payne, M.D." from P.H.P.T. in memory of their safe trip to Russia in May 1879. Joseph Frank Payne was a physician and medical historian who was sent to Russia in 1879 by the British government to investigate an epidemic of bubonic plague. Name stamp of former owner in Chinese on the title page of both volumes. Occasional marginal spotting or foxing to some text pages, two of the folding maps at the rear show stronger marginal foxing, the fine hand-colored and plain plates are quite bright and clean; the original calf on the front and rear covers shows some rubbing and shading; overall, a tight copy in very good condition.
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