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ACKERSDIJCK, JAN (1790- 1861) - Verhaal Eener Reize in Rusland, Gedaan in Het Jaar 1835. 2 Volumes.

. Groningen, W. van Boekeren 1840. [VI],XIV,302; [IV],VI,[2],363p. With engraved frontispiece to volume 1. Contemp. half black calf leather binding with leather corners, gilt titles and decorations on the spines, marbled paper covered boards . Text sl. darkened, which is usual for this work, pinhole in margin on pp. 130/131, First (only) edition. An account of the author's three months crossing through Russia, with visits to St Petersburg, Moscow, Gorki and Kazan, for the greater part written in the form of a diary. It is regarded as one of the most interesting and one of the most reliable sources for the knowledge of Russia in the early nineteenth century, full of details about Russian history, culture, daily life, administration, institutions, commerce, etc. Jan Ackersdijck had been a lawyer in Utrecht and in 1825 was appointed professor of political sciences in Liège. After the Belgian revolution of 1830 he left the Southern Netherlands and the following year was appointed professor in Utrecht. He there occupied himself with a variety of subjects, public law, political history, colonial policy, rural economy, etc. He also lectured on statistics and economic theory, and for that has been credited with being the first academic economist in the Netherlands. Though he published a number of smaller works on these subjects he did not expose his economic theory in a more systematic way, yet he is said to have considered himself a follower of Malthus. He was convinced of the importance of own observation of foreign countries and therefore made travels to most European countries. The present book on his travel to Russia is his only more extended publication. He travelled all over Europe to collect data on the geography, population, society, trade, etc. paving the way and laying the foundation for the disciplines that later in the 19th century would be called 'economy' and 'sociology'. Ackersdijck left Utrecht in June 1835, and travelled by way of Hamburg, Kiel and Lübeck to St. Petersburg, and from there to Novgorod, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Kazan, Simbirsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Hamburg to return to Utrecht in October of the same year. SEE: Cat. Russica A135. NNBW IV,c.9. Butter p.54, Muller, Bibl. Neerlando-Russe 13; Cat. NHSM I, p.196; Tiele, Bibl. 24; WorldCat shows 2 copies.
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