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Tableau de Pétersbourg, ou lettres sur la Russie, écrites en 1810, 1811 et 1812 par D. Chrétien Muller, et traduites de l’allemand par C. Léger ... Avec un plan de Pétersbourg.

Paris, Treuttel et Wurtz; Mayence, Florien Kupferberg, 1814.

8vo, pp. xvi, [2], 551, [5], with handsome large folding engraved plan of St Petersburg; neat repair to small closed tear to plan; a very good copy in contemporary orange boards, gilt-lettered spine, gilt edges; neat repairs to spine, some rubbing to boards, corners slightly bumped; inscription to front free endpaper, ‘presenté à Mr le Baron de Friddani comme une faible marque de mon estime et de mon amitié pour lui. Munich le 8 Septembre 1817. L’auteur'.

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First edition in French of Müller’s epistolary description of St Petersburg and Russia (first German edition 1813), this copy presented by the author to the Baron de Friddani. Müller, a doctor in law and philosophy from the University of Jena, travelled to Russia immediately prior to the French invasion of 1812. His Tableau describes St Petersburg’s squares, buildings, gardens, palaces, religious establishments, climate, and social life, as well as the manufacture of glass and porcelain ware. Subsequent letters cover Russian culture, education, science and arts, the military and police, theatre, national characteristics, legal and political administration, pearls and jewellery, festivals, men, women and mothers, and the palaces of Gatchina and Pavlovsk, in addition to a trip to Estonia.

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