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Journey from Moscow to Constantinople, in the years 1817, 1818


Published by John Murray, London, 1819
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Complete with frontispiece and 5 full page plates. Quarter calf with plain paper boards, gilt stamping on spine; some foxing to preliminary leaves, plates and title, otherwise clean interior. With the stamp of Sion College Library on verso of title. First edition. This rare travel account of Russia, Turkey, and the surrounding region includes wonderful images drawn by the author himself. He arrived in Russia during a frozen winter; the frontispiece even shows women in Kiev washing clothes in a hole made in the ice. His descriptions of Moscow are particularly interesting for his observations of the great reconstruction following the fire of 1812 (coinciding with Napoleon's arrival), which decimated most of the city. Many of the iconic neoclassical buildings that come to mind - the Kremlin and the Bolshoi to name a few - were built during this period. "Of the ruins of a city that had contained a population of between three and four hundred thousand souls, many vestiges were still visible, but the great advances made towards obliterating the traces of disaster, were almost inconceivable." The author's route also took him into Romania, where he provides a wonderful description of the Court at Bucharest, then on to Syria and the Holy Land, descriptions and anecdotes of which he includes in this volume. Of particular interest is a short description given by MacMichael of the value of Russian and Turkish money preceding the commencement of his accounts.MacMichael (1784-1839) was an English physician and scholar. He was elected a Radcliffe traveling fellow in 1811 and made several journeys to the areas described in the above work. His other publication of note was The Gold-headed Cane. Bookseller Inventory # 14701

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Title: Journey from Moscow to Constantinople, in ...

Publisher: John Murray, London

Publication Date: 1819


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