An Historico-Geographical Description of the North and Eastern Parts of Europe and Asia;
But More Particularly of Russia, Siberia, and Great Tartary.
By Strahlenberg, Philipp Johann von
London: Innys and R. Manby at the West End of St. Paul`s and L. Gilliver, at Homer`s Head against St Dunstan`s Church in Fleet Street, 1738, Second English Edition. Large 8vo â€” Quarto â€“23.4 cm. [ix], (3), 463pp. (11), with the important large folding map by R.W. Seale, fold-out woodcut map, fold-out table, 10 engraved plates (3 fold-outs including 1 map), woodcut tables and illustrations in text. Contemporary calf, gilt ruled front and rear covers, spine with five raised bands, gilt lettering on brown morocco tab in second compartment, gilt ruling to the others. Attractive armorial bookplate named â€śRolleâ€ť inside front cover. An excellent, complete and Rare copy of a very important early travel narrative related to Russia and Siberia.
A complete copy of the celebrated study of Russia, Siberia and Mongolia. The author spent 10 years in Siberian captivity between 1711-1722 after the defeat of Charles XII. During his stay in Russia he collected information and material on the languages and people of Uralic and Altaic stock, which became the basis for this work. The text is highly significant by offering much first-hand information related to the geographical, historical, and ethnographic character of Siberia and Great Tartary. Also included is early descriptions of the linguistics of the region, with a Kalmyk vocabulary including the translations of Mongolian words. Arguably the most important aspect of this publication is Strahlenberg’s rare and important map representing the Russian realm and Great Tartary, which contains extensive information regarding Siberia. Cox I, 194; Crowther 2034.