An attractive association copy on large paper
Voyage en Siberie,
fait par Ordre du Roi en 1761; contenant les Moeurs, les Usages des Russes, et l'Etat actuel de cette Puissance; la Description geographique et le Nivellement de la Route de Paris a Tobolsk; l'Histoire naturelle de la meme route; des Observations astronomiques, & des Experiences sur l'Electricite naturelle; [Contenant la Description du Kamtchatka ... par M. Kracheninnikov ... traduit du Russe. Paris Debure 1768
First edition Two volumes of text in three, and atlas, quarto, large paper copy, pp., xxxii, 347, , 348-767 + [iii]-xvi, 628, and 53 engraved plates after Le Prince, 3 double-page, engraved table in vol. 1, atlas with engraved title and 30 engraved maps and profiles, 27 folding (three bound in vol.2), a few hand-coloured in outline. Contemporary tree calf with treble gilt fillet with small floral cornerpieces on covers, rebacked preserving original gilt spines in compartments with minor loss, maroon and dark green lettering pieces, rubbed with minor loss. Slightly spotted and dust-soiled. Bound without the half-titles. Engraved armorial bookplate of Baron Dimsdale.
Brunet 1, 1728; Hill 277; Cox I p.352
A fine association copy with the bookplate of Catherine the Great's doctor, Baron [Thomas] Dimsdale,1712-1800, who had innoculated her and her son, the Grand Duke Paul, in 1768, for which he received £10,000, an annuity of £500 and £2,000 travel expenses. Although Catherine severely criticised the book, it was not as bad as she thought (Brunet), the illustrations after Le Prince were engraved by J.B. Tilliard, A.J. Duclos and others. The atlas includes maps of Kamchatka, to illustrate Stepan Petrovich Krasheninnikov's work published in 1755.