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Pallas Voyages De L'empire De Russie 1793 Atlas 107 Plates Maps Russia 1st Nr For Sale

Pallas Voyages De L'empire De Russie 1793 Atlas 107 Plates Maps Russia 1st Nr

OFFERED WITH is THE ATLAS VOLUME FROM THE 1793 FIRST EDITION OF PIERRE-SIMON PALLAS’ ‘VOYAGES EN DIFFERENTES PROVINCES DE L’EMPIRE DE RUSSIE, ET DANS L’ASIE SEPTENTRIONALE,’ (‘TRAVELS THROUGH SEVERAL PROVINCES OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE AND OF SOUTHERN ASIA’),” printed in large folio by Maradan at Paris, bound in late 18th century half-calf over marbled boards, in very good to excellent condition internally, and ADORNED WITH 107 FULL-PAGE AND FOLDING PLATES AND MAPS DEPICTING RUSSIAN PROVINCES, RUSSIAN HABITATIONS, COSTUMES AND INDIVIDUALS, METHODS OF HUNTING, BURIAL MOUNDS AND TOMBS, SETTLEMENTS, FLORA AND FAUNA (some sheets depict two plates according to the plate identification in the upper margin of each plate; this explains how the plate-count on the title page adds to 121). The general map of Russia is lacking. We provide free expedited, tracked and insured shipping throughout Canada and the United States. We also ship worldwide (outside of North America) at cost – the buyer pays our cost or less for shipment. Please see fuller details of our shipment policy at the foot of the description.  

 

THE ATLAS VOLUME OF WHAT IS ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ACCOUNT OF TRAVEL THROUGH RUSSIA PUBLISHED DURING THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES, ILLUSTRATED WITH 108 FULL-PAGE AND FOLDING PLATES AND MAPS.

 

The full title reads as follows:

 

“Voyages de M. P.S. Pallas, en Differentes Provinces de l’Empire de Russie, et Dans l’Asie Septentrionale; traduits de l’Allemand, Par M. Gauthier de la Peyronie, Commis des Affaires Etrangeres. / Tome Sixieme (Planches.) / Contenant la Carte generale de l’Empire de Russie, d’apres la nouvelle division de cet Empire en quarante-deux Gouvernemens; dix cartes Gepgraphiques; soixante-dix-sept planches de Botanique; douze autres representant des Fourneaux, Moulins, Monumens, etc.; onze d’Idoles et Costumes; et onze autres d’Animaux, d’Histoire Naturelle, d’Hieroglyphes, etc.”

 

Per Wikipedia:

 

“Pallas was born in Berlin, the son of Professor of Surgery Simon Pallas. He studied with private tutors and took an interest in natural history, later attending the University of Halle and the University of Göttingen. In 1760, he moved to the University of Leiden and passed his doctor's degree at the age of nineteen. Pallas traveled throughout the Netherlands and to London, improving his medical and surgical knowledge. He then settled at The Hague, and his new system of animal classification was praised by Georges Cuvier. Pallas wrote Miscellanea Zoologica (1766), which included descriptions of several vertebrates new to science which he had discovered in the Dutch museum collections. A planned voyage to southern Africa and the East Indies fell through when his father recalled him to Berlin. There, he began work on his Spicilegia Zoologica (1767–80).

 

“In 1767, Pallas was invited by Catherine II of Russia to became a professor at the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences and, between 1768 and 1774, he led an expedition to central Russian provinces, Povolzhye, Urals, natural history specimens on their behalf. He explored the Caspian Sea, the Ural, Altai mountains and the upperAmur, reaching as far eastward as Lake Baikal. The regular reports which Pallas sent to St Petersburg were collected and published as Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs [Journey through various provinces of the Russian Empire] (3 vols., 1771–1776). They covered a wide range of topics, including geology and mineralogy, reports on the native peoples and their religions, and descriptions of new plants and animals. In 1776, Pallas was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Pallas settled in St Petersburg, becoming a favourite of Catherine II and teaching natural history to the Grand Dukes Alexander and Constantine. He was provided with the plants collected by other naturalists to compile the Flora Rossica (1784–1815), and started work on his Zoographica Rosso-Asiatica (1811–31). He also published an account of Johann Anton Güldenstädt's travels in the Caucasus. The Empress bought Pallas's large natural history collection for 2,000 roubles, 500 more than his asking price, and allowed him to keep them for life. During this period, Pallas helped plan the Mulovsky expedition, which was cancelled in October 1787.

 

“Between 1793 and 1794, Pallas led a second expedition to southern Russia, visiting the Crimea and theBlack Sea. He was accompanied by his daughter (by his first wife who had died in 1782) and his new wife, an artist, servants and a military escort. In February 1793 they travelled to Saratov and then downriver to Volgograd. They spent the spring exploring the country to the east, and in August travelled along the banks of the Caspian Sea and into the Caucasus mountains. In September they travelled to the Crimea, wintering in Simferol. Pallas spent the spring of 1794 exploring to the southeast, and in July travelled up the valley of the Dnieper, arriving back in St Petersburg in September. Pallas gave his account of the journey in his P. S. Pallas Bemerkungen auf einer Reise in die Südlichen Statthalterschaften des Russischen Reichs (1799–1801). Catherine II gave him a large estate at Simferopol, where Pallas lived until the death of his second wife in 1810. He was then granted permission to leave Russia by Emperor Alexander, and returned to Berlin, where he died in the following year. His grave is preserved in the Protestant Friedhof I der Jerusalems- und Neuen Kirchengemeinde(Cemetery No. I of the congregations of Jerusalem's Church and New Church) in Berlin-Kreuzberg, south of Hallesches Tor.

   

The volume lacks the general map of Russia; otherwise, it is complete in all respects. It therefore comprises 107 of 108 full-page and folding plates and maps. The volume measures about 32.1 cm by 24.3 cm by 3.1  cm. Each leaf measures about 312 mm by 240 mm.

 

The volume is very attractive internally, with generally clean pages, clear print and ample margins throughout. Most leaves show mild toning at the edges and occasional very minor foxing. The ‘Mineralogical Map of the Ural Mountains’ shows a slight and unobtrusive tear at a fold at the upper margin, extending a couple of centimetres into the map. The binding is quite worn with the front board missing and the rear board detached. The book-block is strong, although the leather is chipped from the spine. PLEASE CONSULT THE PHOTOS BELOW IN ORDER TO GAIN THE BEST POSSIBLE UNDERSTANDING OF THE VOLUME’S CONDITION.

 

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We charge for shipment of international orders.  We try to ship using USPS flat rate priority-mail boxes and we charge for shipment at cost or slightly below. Small 12mo books are shipped for USD 24.00. The cost of shipment for any book in Octavo, Quarto or small folio format is USD 60.00. The cost of shipment for large folios or quartos of equivalent size is USD 78.00. Multiple folio volumes and sets are, of course, generally more expensive and the cost of their shipment will always be quoted in the listing. With all of our sales if an individual client wins multiple books we charge only charge for the shipment of one book and cover the cost of shipment of the rest. Please note that mobile devices do not yet display correctly the shipment costs for international customers. Please enquire or consult the non-mobile site in order to obtain complete information concerning the cost of shipment.

   

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