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or Miscellaneous Observations on the Past and Present State of that Country and its Inhabitants. 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 in that Country.

Published: London: Seeley & Sons,. 1833

Stock code: 93113

Price: £950

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First edition. In 1805 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) He later became sole agent of the BFBS in the German-speaking countries of Europe, leaving Russia for the last time in 1825. He composed this “work of ‘miscellaneous character’, mixing excerpts from travel diaries and journals of various years, notably his journey south to Odessa in 1819, with information derived from Russian sources to illustrate Russia’s ecclesiastical and social history as well as its literature, folklore and proverbs”. An excellent copy, unusual in the original boards, this copy with a contemporary bookplate with the Barkesworth crest to the front pastedown.

Octavo. Original green morocco-grained cloth-backed drab boards, paper label to the spine. 8 hand-coloured lithographic plates of costume and country pastimes. A little rubbed and bumped, light browning, but overall very good.

Bibliography: Abbey Travel 230; Colas 2395; Cross F66; Lipperheide 1356; Tooley 380.

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