Voyage en Crimée, au Cavcase, en Géorgie, en Arménie, en Asie-Mineurre et a ... Voyage en Crimée, au Cavcase, en Géorgie, en Arménie, en Asie-Mineurre et a ... Voyage en Crimée, au Cavcase, en Géorgie, en Arménie, en Asie-Mineurre et a ... Voyage en Crimée, au Cavcase, en Géorgie, en Arménie, en Asie-Mineurre et a ...

Voyage en Crimée, au Cavcase, en Géorgie, en Arménie, en Asie-Mineurre et a Constantinople, en 1829 et 1830; pour servir à l'histoire de Hongrie.

Besse, Jean Charles de

Published by Paris: Delaunay, . First edition., 1838
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Pp. (8), v, (1), (7) -464; 5 lithographed plates including folding plan of the land around Mt. Elbrus (Elbrouz); a folding view of Mt. Elbrus; and 3 plates of inscriptions (1 of them folding). Later 19th century one-quarter black straight-grain morocco, spine lettered in gilt, over dark blue cloth-covered boards, page edges decorated in yellow, 8vo (20.4 x 12.4 cm; 8 x 4.75 inches). This is an extremely rare travel account; OCLC/World Cat lists only seven copies in the libraries of the world. The author, Hungarian by birth but a francophone, presents a chronicle of his voyage to Crimea, Caucasus, Georgia, Armenia, and Asia Minor. Besse aimed to trace the ancestry of the Hungarian people to the Caucasus region. In the first part of the work he describes the Tatars, the cities of Kerch (Panticapaeum) and Simferopol, the inhabitants of Crimea, the Cossacks of the military colonies of the Black Sea, the Elbruz mountain and various ethnic groups (Circassians, Avars, Hungarians, etc.). The second part of Besse's chronicle describes Southern Crimea, a Tatar horse race, and details from the life of the inhabitants of Feodosyia (Kaffa). The third part includes descriptions of Trebizond (Trabzon) and the author's travels with a caravan from that city to Erzurum, Georgia, Tiflis, Greater Armenia, the Bosporus and Constantinople. In this part, Besse also refers to the changes in the Ottoman Army after the Sultan's reforms in 1824. The work ends with an overland journey from Isfahan to the capital of the Ottoman Empire (modified after text by Ioli Vingopoulou in "Travellers' Views"). The volume bears the signatures and cachets of the author and the publisher on leaf before title, as issued. (The signature of the author has an ink blot partially eradicating the last name, and a small hold caused by the ink). The folding maps and the folding plate of inscriptions each slightly trimmed at the left edge, occasional light foxing to some plates, the half title page shows the verso of the signatures on the page facing the title page; a very attractive copy in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 5766

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Title: Voyage en Crimée, au Cavcase, en Géorgie, en...

Publisher: Paris: Delaunay, . First edition.

Publication Date: 1838

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