Pinkerton, Robert.


Or, Miscellaneous Observations on the Past and Present State of That Country and Its Inhabitants. Compiled from Notes Made on the Spot, During Travels, at Different Times, in the Service of the Bible Society, and A Residence of Many Years in That Country. Seeley & Sons 1833.
1st Ed. Large 8vo. [xii] + 488pp. + [ii]. 8 hand coloured litho. plates. Some light browning, contemporary cloth backed boards, some minor wear and loss, rebacked with much of original spine laid down. Abbey Travel 230. Containing the sum of Pinkertons exceptional knowledge of Russia gained in his work for the British and Russian Bible Societies. He travelled extensively observing the character, manners, religious practices, folklore, hospitals, and prisons, economy and social condition of the Russian people. Including discussion of serfdom, of the Russian Jewish population, the problem of drunkenness, the enmity between Russians and Poles. An appendix contains several examples of preaching styles prevalent among the Russian clergy. Illustrations include The Russian Merchantís wife in her Every-day Dress, the Mushroom Gatherer, The Isbitentschik, Carpenter and Milkmaid, A National Dance, Moujick and Family, Svaika a favourite Game, Village Amusements, etc.
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