PINKERTON, Robert Russia: Or, Miscellaneous Observations on the Past and Present State of That Country and its Inhabitants. Compiled from Notes made on the Spot, during Travels, at Different Times, in the Service of the Bible Society, and a Residence of Many Years in that Country. London, Seeley & Sons, 1833.
8vo. 20th-century full green morocco, soine with raised bands, ornamented a d lettered in gilt; pp. [2, initial blank], [x], 486, [2, list of plates, errata]; 8 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates with tissue guards; minimal toning to paper, else a very good copy.
First edition. Pinkerton, an agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society, toured Russia extensively between 1813 and 1822. His observations on the various cities, the inhabitants and their customs, offer an insight into the country at the time. Pinkerton discusses serfdom, the Jewish population and other minorities, as well as reporting on prisons and very remote communities.
Abbey Travel 230; Tooley 380.