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WILSON, William Rae.

Travels in Russia, &c. &c.

Published: London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1828

Stock code: 109142

Price: £750

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First edition. “Fellow of the Society of Arts and author of other books of travel, Wilson travelled through Germany to reach the Russian frontier on 6 June 1824 … and spent the rest of the summer in St. Petersburg and Moscow. He returned to the capital and left for Finland at the end of September” (Cross). Nerhood remarks “professional traveller counsels patience … criticism of Russian’s behaviour towards travelers should take into consideration the type of government under which they live”. Armorial bookplates of Sir William Congreve, creator of the world’s first rocket weapons system, to the front pastedowns.

2 volumes octavo. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, black morocco lettering- and numbering-pieces, compartments formed by triple fillet, gilt, enclosing a squared, stylised oak leaf device, edges sprinkled red. Aquatint frontispiece and two similar plates to each, all printed in sepia, except for that of the “Phenomenon seen at Moscow” which is in blue. A little rubbed, some off-setting from and marginal foxing to the plates, light browning, but overall a very good set.

Bibliography: Abbey Travel 228; Cross F96; Nerhood 179

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