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Travels from St Petersburg in Russia, to Diverse Parts of Asia… Containing a Journey to Ispahan in Persia… [with] Part of a Journey to Pekin in China, Through Siberia.


  • Publisher: R & A Foulis
  • Published: 1763 , Glasgow
Glasgow: for the Author, R & A Foulis, 1763. FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, 4to (240 x 175mm.), (vol.1) xviii, [ii], 358pp., [ii pp. adverts]; (vol.2) [ii], 426pp., [ii pp. errata], folding map, contemporary quarter reversed calf over marbled boards, black morocco labels a fine untouched copy. A British expatriate, Bell travelled throughout Russia and the east during the years 1715-38. He accompanied the embassies of Peter the Great to Ispahan in Persia in 1715-18, travelled to Peking in China through Siberia in 1719-21, to Derbent in Persia in 1722, and to Constantinople in 1737-38. The account includes detailed descriptions of the manners, customs, geography and scenery in the countries visited. The work was reprinted in 1764 and 1788, and published in French and German editions. The engraved folding map shows the route between Moscow and Peking. Blackmer 111; Cordier Sinica 2093; Cox I:256; Gaskell Foulis 415; see Lust 314. (2)

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