PALLAS, Peter Simon (1741-1811)
Travels through the Southern Provinces of the Russian Empire, in the Years 1793 and 1794 ... Second Edition
London: printed for John Stockdale, 1812. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches). 55 engraved or engraved and aquatint plates, plans and maps, most by or after G. Geissler (45 hand-coloured, 25 folding, 4 double-page), 29 vignette illustrations (23 hand-coloured).
Period diced russia, covers bordered with a gilt roll tool and double fillet, rebacked at a later date with the original black morocco lettering pieces retained, endpapers renewed
Scarce second edition in English of "an extremely charming colour plate book" (Tooley).
Tooley goes on to observe that this work "deserves a place in every colour plate book collection for its numerous attractive coloured vignettes, an unusual feature." Pallas's odyssey was first published in German in St. Petersburg under the title St Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des russichen Reichs (St. Petersburg, 1771-76). Pallas, the newly-appointed professor of natural history at the Imperial Academy of Science in St. Petersburg, undertook an official six-year expedition from 1768 to 1774 during which he explored the most distant regions of the Russian empire. The journey (taking him first to the Caspian sea, and then across the Urals to Tobolsk, the Altai mountains, Omsk, Kolyvan, Tomsk, and Krasnojarsk, next to Irkoutsk, Lake Baikal, Oudinsk, Sélinghinsk, Kiakhta, the Amour river, and back to Krasnojarsk, thence to Tara, Jaitskoi-Gorodsk, Astrakhan, Tasaritzin and St. Petersburg) is here well described and beautifully illustrated with most of the plates and vignettes by Geissler.
cf. Abbey Travel I.222; cf. Cat. Rusica P59; cf. Tooley 357.