First Edition of Robert Pinkerton's Russia; With Eight Hand-Colored Plates
Russia: Or, Miscellaneous Observations on the Past and Present State of that Country and Its Inhabitants.
Item Number: 33006
London: Seeley & Sons, 1833.
First edition. Quarto, bound in half calf over marbled boards, red morocco label. Lavishly illustrated with eight hand-colored costume plates. In near fine condition.
In 1805 Robert Pinkerton was sent to the Edinburgh Missionary Society's mission in Karass in the North Caucasus, then in 1812 joined the British and Foreign Bible Society in St. Petersburg. In 1816 he "undertook a tour of some seven thousand miles that took him to Tver, Moscow, Tula, Voronezh, Novocherkask, Taganrog, and through the Crimea and on to Odessa before he crossed into Poland and on to Vienna and Berlin" (Cross). It was "compiled from Notes Made on the Spot, During Travels, at Different Times, in the Service of the Bible Society, and a Residence of Many Years." Abbey Travel, 230. Tooley, 380. Hiller, 712.