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DEMIDOFF, PAUL (PAVEL) GRIGORYEVICH & FORSTER, JOHANN REINHOLD: - [Two papers about Tartarian Antiquities read at the Society of Antiquaries, London]. London 1767.

Comprises: I. Some Account of certain Tartarian Antiquities. In a letter from Paul Demidoff, Esquire, at Petersburg, to Mr. Peter Collinson, dated September 17, 1764. Read at the Society of Antiquaries, Feb. 5, 1767. 4to. Pp. 222-226. With one large folding engraved plate of Tartarian Sepulchres (burial chambers) and 4 engraved plates depicting many different objects and figures found in the graves. AND : II: Observations on some Tartarian Antiquities, Described in the Preceeding Article. By Reinhold Forster, F.A.S. Read at the Society of Antiquaries. Feb. 26, 1767. 4to. Pp. 227-235. With two engraved plates depicting Tartarian idols. Bound in modern quarter calf on marbled paper covered boards. Some minor browning. Paper is brittle and inner margins of plates have been strengthened. Paul Demidoff (1738-1821) was a Russian traveller and patron of scientific education. He became a benefactor of Russian scientific education and founded a.o. the Demidov Scientific Institute of Science at St. Petersburg in 1805. Johann Forster was a German explorer and scientist. First edition of these scarce papers about the tumuli or tombs of the Calmuc Tartars. Demidoff's letter refers to the works by Strahlenberg and Bell and further describes the discoveries made by a Russian expedition sent out to open some of the tombs. The 5 plates are engraved after original drawings made at the expedition and here for the first time ever published. Forster's account is devoted to the writing and literature of the Tartarians; the different funeral ceremonies performed; and possible dates of the making of the tombs.
EUR 2200.00 [Appr.: US$ 2509.74 | £UK 1965.25 | JPą 278228] Book number 100058

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