Voyages De M.P.S. Pallas In Russia 1789-93
Title: Voyages de M.P.S. Pallas en Differentes Provinces de L'Empire de Russie, Et Dans L'Asie Septentrionale; Traduits de L'Allemand, Par M. Gauthier de la Peyronie, Commis des Affaires Etrangeres
Author: Pallas, Peter S.
Description: 6 volumes including, 5 quarto text volumes, 1 small folio atlas volume. With large folding hand-colored copper-engraved map on 2 sheets; 122 copperplate engravings on 107 sheets, 29 of them folding or double-page. Text volumes are 26x19.5 cm. (10¼x7¾"); atlas is 33.3x24 cm. (13¼x9½"); uniform period full mottled calf, spines tooled in gilt, morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers. First French Edition.In 1767 Pallas received an invitation from Catherine II of Russia to take a position at the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. From that position he was authorized to lead an expedition into Siberia to observe the transit of Venus. He took seven astronomers and five naturalists with him, and the expedition became primarily oriented toward natural history. The exploration continued from 1768 to 1774, during which time some of the information was prepared for publication. The first volume appeared in 1771, a German edition printed in St. Petersburg, with subsequent volumes issued to 1776. The text is a broad survey of all aspects of natural history, as well as a study of the various peoples of Siberia. The atlas includes a number of maps, plus natural history, costume, and scenery, etc.
Heading: Place Published: Paris
Date Published: 1789-93
Some scuffing and wear to the covers, occasional light foxing to both text volumes and atlas; overall in very good or better condition.