2 vols., 8vo text, folio atlas containing the map, plans and plates. Vol 1, 460pp; Vol 2, 480pp. Atlas volume contains a large folding lithographed route map, a plan of the Forbidden City, a folding plate of the Russian Embassy at Peking, 8 lithographed plates – mostly after Chinese oil or gouache originals – and a title-page vignette. Modern 20th-century tan calf-backed marbled boards by Laurenchet of Paris. Spotting to preliminaries of volume 1 and occasionally elsewhere, volume 2 partly unopened. Atlas volume with marginal damp-stain to lower margin of vignette title, plan of the Forbidden City and one other plate, folding map with 10 cm closed tear. First French edition, recounting the experiences of a Russian envoy to China in the years 1820-1821. Of note, the atlas volume includes a large plan of the Forbidden City, the first to be published in a Western book. The author, Russian diplomat Egor Fedorovich Timkovski, accompanied the Russian Orthodox mission to Peking departing Kyakhta in August 1820. Russia had maintained a presence in Peking since 1728. The two volumes of text are annotated by the distinguished sinologist Heinrich Julius Klaproth. Entire text is in French.
TIMKOVSKI, Egor Fedorovich, Voyage à Peking, à travers la Mongolie en 1820 et 1821. Traduit du Russe par M. N******, revu par M. J.-B. Eyriès. Publié avec des corrections et des notes par M. J. Klaproth., Dondey-Dupré Père et Fils, 1827
PSALMANAZAR, George., Memoirs of ****. Commonly known by the Name of George Psalmanazar; a Reputed Native of Formosa. Written by himself, In order to be published after his Death. Containing An Account of his Education, Travels, Adventures, Connections, Literary Productions, and pretended Conversion from Heathenism to Christianity; which last proved the Occasion of his being brought over into this Kingdom, and passing for a Proselyte, and a Member of the Church of England., Printed for the Executrix, 1764
Biographies & Letters
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MARSHALL, Joseph., Travels through Holland, Flanders, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Lapland, Russia, The Ukraine, and Poland, in the Years 1768, 1769, and 1770. In which is particularly Minuted. The Present State of Those Countries, Respecting their Agriculture, Population, Manufactures, Commerce, The Arts, and Useful Undertakings [3 vols.]., Printed for J. Almon, 1772