NIKITIN, Afanasii. Khozhenie za tri moria ... 1466-1472. Moscow, GEOGRAFGIZ, 1960.
4to. Original cloth-backed illustrated boards, patterned endpapers; pp. 128, , map, 2 leaves of coloured paper as sectional titles and seven superbly printed colour plates printed on carton and mounted, printed in red and black throughout, 26-page facsimile brochure secured by a ribbon at the beginning; minor bumping to corners, very faint traces of humidity to lower inner corners of a few plates; otherwise a very good copy of a splendid publication.
First edition in this bibliophile form of Afanasii Nikitin's travelogue from Tver to India in the 15th century, with a fine facsimile, and the text in Russian, Urdu and English. Nikitin, a merchant who travelled via Persia and the Gulf to India, called his narrative a 'sinful' Voyage beyond the Three Seas, because he regretted having lost his Russian Orthodox faith and might secretly have converted to Islam.