A tour, performed in the years 1795-96, through the Taurida, or Crimea, the antient kingdom of ... A tour, performed in the years 1795-96, through the Taurida, or Crimea, the antient kingdom of ...

A tour, performed in the years 1795-96, through the Taurida, or Crimea, the antient kingdom of Bosphorus, the once-powerful republic of Tauric Cherson,.


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4to. xxiv, 446, [2] pp., including errata and publisherís advertisements. Complete with 2 folding maps, 3 full-page plates, and numerous text illustrations. Dark green half calf with marbled boards, title stamped in gilt on spine; very minor worming on a few pages, some staining to the maps, some tears to first map in the creases, as well as repair with aged tape. Aside from some minor soiling, generally in good condition. First edition of this travel account of Crimea and the Black Sea region, written in the form of letters by a female traveler. The authorís husband, Matthew Guthrie, compiled and translated these letters from French, adding a sizeable Appendix of his own to the volume, describing coins, medals, and other artefacts of the area.Guthrieís letters include a variety of subject matter, from anecdotes and larger-than-life personalities, to the history of the region and its many cultural treasures. One particularly amusing passage is a description of a whirling dervish ceremony, which she attributes to the use of the poppy: "I believe it was under the influence of this last juice, that this Tartar group were moving at such a rate." Another interesting letter deals with Jews in the Crimea. Despite the considerable amount of information presented in this volume, there is very little of the intimacy that might be expected in letters from wife to husband. This probably had to do with Mr. Guthrieís editorial prerogative - it has been suggested that he added much of the historical material presented (See Papmehl).Maria Guthrie (d. 1800) was a French woman, formerly the Countess Marie de Romont, "acting Directress of the Imperial [Smolny] Convent for the education of the female nobility of Russia." She married in 1871, and had two daughters. Matthew Guthrie (1743 - 1807) was a Scottish medical doctor who spent a significant amount of time in Russia under the employment of the Russian government. He rose to the rank of Chief Medical Officer to the Army Corps of Noble Cadets and published a number of medical articles, though his passion seems to have been Russian Antiquities - he published a work on the subject in 1795 (Dissertation sur les antiquités de Russie). Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: A tour, performed in the years 1795-96, ...
Publisher: Printed for Nichols and Son
Publication Date: 1802

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