London. T. Cadell. 1825. First Edition. Illustrated by 24 woodcut vignettes en texte. Two volumes, complete as issued. 8vo. 5.5"x8.75". Lavishly bound in 3/4 polished calfskin and marbled boards. Tri-gilt ruled spine compartments with most ornate gilt tooled fleural motifs. Gilt tooled raised bands. Gilt titled and tooled red morocco labels. Marbled edges and endsheets.
Robert Lyall (1789-1831) was a botanist and traveler who, in 1815 went to Russia as a physician, where he graduated as a doctor and surgeon at the Imperial Medico-Surgical Academy in St. Petersburg in 1816. Travels In Russia was first published in 1825 and remains an iconic work of travel literature as well as a briliant depiction of early 19th century Russian social history.
Boards very slightly rubbed and bowed. Period armorial bookplate to front pastedowns. Several instances of mild, unobtrusive foxing. A Fine,elegantly bound, most crisp and bright copy of this seminal work.