Beitrage zur Geschichte der Kaukasischen Lander und Volker aus morgenlandischen Quellen, III: Erster Beitrag zur Geschichte der Georgier.
[Bound with] IV: Tabary's Nachrichten uber die Chasaren, nebst Auszugen aus Hafis Abru, Ibn Aasem-el-Kufy. St. Petersbourg Academie Imperiale des Sciences 1844
First edition 4to, pp.(325)-443; (445)-601. Bound in later cloth. Scattered light spotting, first two pages browned, but a very good copy.
Johannes Albrecht Bernhard Dorn, also known as Boris Andreevich Dorn, 1805-1881, German orientalist, specialized in the history and languages of Iran, the Caucasus, and Afghanistan. With a doctorate from Leipzig University, Dorn moved to Russia in 1829 to become Head of the Department of Oriental Languages at Kharkov University. In 1835 he was appointed to teach the history and geography of the Muslim east at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also taught Sanskrit at the University of St. Petersburg and began the first to teach Pasto in Europe in 1855. From 1842 he was Director of the Asiatic Museum in 1842 and and head of the oriental section of the Imperial public library. Dorn was an avid collector of Islamic manuscripts and directed Russian scientists and travellers in the East to bring back material for the Museum and Library. Dorn took a comprehensive approach to his study of the Caspian region, compiling information on the history and historical geography of Gīlān, Māzandarān, Tabarestān, Šīrvān, and neighboring regions. These two papers were part of the series, Beiträge zur Geschichte der kaukasischen Länder und Völker aus morgenländischen Quellen (1840-48), and were based on a group of Persian manuscripts accompanied by commentaries and partial translations.