Title continues: "Made by order of the King of France. By M. L'Abbé Chappe D'Auteroche Of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris, in 1761. Containing an Account Of the Manners and Customs of the Russians, the Present State of their Empire; with the Natural History, and Geographical Description of their Country, and Level of the Road from Paris to Tobolsky. Illustrated with Cuts. Translated from the French, with a Preface by the Translator." Chappe was a member of the French Academy of Science and a noted astronomer. He travelled to Siberia to observe the transits of Venus in 1760. However, his text also discusses Chappe's experiences and observations in Russia, many of which he describes unfavorably. His criticism had the honour of an anonymous refutation by a member of the court of Catherine the Great. Cox 1 p. 351. ESTC T70180.
Publisher: T. Jefferys, Geographer to the King
Edition: First edition in English
Date Published: 1770
Place Published: London
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: xiii, , 395 p. 28 cm. Fold-out lightly tinted frontispiece map. 8 of 9 copper plates present (missing Russian sledges). Full leather with marbled paper boards. Respined with beautiful gilt trim. Scuff on front pastedown.Tape marks to a front leaf. Repair to title page and pp. 101-103, slightly affecting text on title and 101. Some foxing to last pages.