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    Pallas Expedition in Russia, with Numerous Hand-Colored Plates and Vignettes

    Peter Simon Pallas. Travels Through the Southern Provinces of the Russian Empire, in the Years 1794 and 1794. London: Printed by A. Strahan for T. N. Longman & O. Rees; Et. al., 1802. First Edition in English. Two quarto volumes. xxiii, [1 errata], 552; xxx, [1 errata], [1], 523 pp. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, spine in compartments with five raised bands, gilt lettering. Fifty-one engraved plates (including twenty-five folding plates of which twenty are hand-colored; Twenty-six single leaf engraved plates of which twenty-three are hand-colored). Plate 16 cropped at outer margin, no significant loss. There are twenty-eight vignettes of which twenty-three are hand-colored. Volume II has an additional uncolored vignette sized image (p. 75) which is not included in the vignette count at the beginning of the volume. Four uncolored maps, three of which are at the end of volume II. Offsetting from plates, as is usual with this work.
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    Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811) was a German born naturalist who was invited to work at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. This is the First Edition in English of Pallas account of his expedition to the steppes near the Caspian Sea, the Northern Caucasus and Crimea. Tooley has commented on the extraordinary quality of the color plates and recommends it for a place "in every colour plate book collection". Indeed most of the figure illustrations were copied or used eight years later in John Stockdale's 1811 work "Costume of the Russian Empire". In 1793-1794 Pallas studied the southern provinces of Russia. After experiencing the natural beauty of the region, he decided to live there permanently...His main efforts while in the region were devoted to preparing materials of the 1793-1794 trip for publication and to compiling a complete description of the Russian fauna. In 1799-1801 he published an account of the trip [in German] that included an important description of the Crimea (DSB Vol. 10, p. 283). Tooley 357; Abbey 222.



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