VOYAGES DE M.P.S. PALLAS En DIFFERENTES PROVINCES De l'EMPIRE De RUSSIE, by P.S.Pallas - 1788 [6 Vols]
Voyages De M.P.S. Pallas, En Différentes Provinces De L'empire De Russie, Et Dans L'asie Septentrionale
by Peter Simon Pallas
translated by Gauthier de la Peyronie.
Five volumes + Atlas volume
This is the complete set of 5 volumes, plus the additional atlas volume.
FIRST FRENCH Edition, Translated from the original German into French by G. Peyronie. Published by: Lagrange, Paris. 1788-1793.
Hardbacks are overall in GOOD+ condition.
- Books are in remarkable condition, all things considered. Exteriors are a bit rough, yet fully intact with clear printing.
- Interiors show expected aging.
- Bindings are secure and strong.
- The atlas volume is a slightly larger than the other books.
- Green patterned paper over boards with half-bound in leather.
- Boards exhibit shelfwear commensurate with age. Leather is dry and flaking.
- Inside pages exhibit scattered foxing.
- Plates are printed on a quality heavy-stock paper. Ink is clear and distinct.
- Plate 15 for Tome 5 (in Atlas) may have been cropped by the printer. Please see right margin of botanical plate.
- Extra-large map of Russia is coming loose in binding. Gutter is cracked at this point.
- Paper for plates has aged like the books. They exhibit different degrees of foxing, occasional edgwear, and other signs of age.
- Gutters are open between quite a few of the tipped-in plates. Binding remains solid, although individual plates might not be seated as solidly.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
These are the detailed accounts of the travels of German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811), at the behest of Russia's Empress Catherine II. Over the course of six years (1768-1774). Pallas traveled from the Caspian Sea to the borders of China, reporting on the flora, fauna, geology, people, land, architecture, and anything else of note. Specific regions of travel include central Russian provinces, Povolzhye, Urals, West Siberia, Altay, and Transbaikal. He also explored the Caspian Sea, the Ural and Altai Mountains and the upper Amur River, reaching as far eastward as Lake Baikal. At that time, Pallas was a professor at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences.
The "Atlas" volume houses the many detailed plates from each volume, clearly referenced to the volume and text. This copy includes a total of 124 plates, with 31 foldout plates. The oversized foldout map of Russia is present. The notable explorer and scientist Pallas is credited with identifying hundreds of species of plants and animals, and even a metal (Pallasite). He also has streets, a city and a meteor named after him. At least a few of his discoveries are noted in these books.
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