Second Voyage de Pallas, ou Voyages Entrepris dans les Pays Méridionaux de l'Empire de Russie, Pendant les Années 1793 et 1794

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Author: Pallas, Peter Simon (1741–1811)

Year: 1805, 1811

Publisher: Guillaume & Deterville

Place: Paris


. 4 volumes and atlas. 372 pages with index; 382 with pages index; 387 pages with index 376 pages with index. Atlas with 55 engraved plates and maps after Christian Gottfried Heinrich Geissler. Octavo (8 ¼” x 5 ½”) bound in original pale green wrappers with manuscript titling to spine and binder’s waste pastedowns, each housed in a folding cloth case. Atlas oblong folio (13” x 19”) bound in in modern cloth retaining original wrappers with later newsprint pastedowns. Mixed set with preferred first edition atlas and the expanded second edition texts. The first edition only had two volumes of text.

Between 1793 and 1794, Peter Simon Pallas led a second expedition to southern Russia, visiting the Crimea and the Black Sea. He was accompanied by his daughter (by his first wife who had died in 1782) and his new wife, an artist, servants, and a military escort. In February 1793, they travelled to Saratov and then downriver to Tsaritsyn. They spent the spring exploring the country to the east, and in August travelled along the banks of the Caspian Sea and into the Caucasus Mountains. In September, they travelled to the Crimea, wintering in Simferol. Pallas spent the spring of 1794 exploring to the southeast, and in July travelled up the valley of the Dnieper, arriving back in St Petersburg in September. Pallas gave his account of the journey in his P. S. Pallas Bemerkungen auf einer Reise in die Südlichen Statthalterschaften des Russischen Reichs (1799–1801).

The son of a goldsmith Johann Gottlob Geissler (1738-1799) and his wife Johanna Christina, was born in Ryssel and attended the Leipzig Art Academy. In 1790 Geissler went to Saint Petersburg and worked there as an art teacher. Two years later he entered the service of the naturalist Peter Simon Pallas,whom he accompanied on an expedition to southern Russia 1793/1794. He drew the botanical motifs, landscapes and inhabitants


Corner of binding to atlas damaged not affecting interior, the plates with some edge wear and toning, short closed tears to extremities and faint but large dampstaining affecting plates at back, wrappers with some light edge wear, creases, small ink stains and possible restoration to joints and spines. Text volumes uncut and largely unread housed in folding cases else a very good set with a good atlas.

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