A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 18 eBook

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780.  Elphinstone’s Account of Caubul and its Dependencies. 1815. 4to.—­The interest and value of this work arises more from the subject of it, than from the manner in which it is executed; respecting such countries, however, as Caubul, and others as little known and remote, we are glad of all accessions of information.

ASIATIC RUSSIA.

781.  Reisen durch Siberien, 1733-1743.  Von J.G.  Gmelin.  Gott. 4 vols. 8vo.—­This work is worthy of the name which it bears:  it is full and particular on the physical and moral geography of Siberia, but especially on its mines and iron foundries.

782.  Voyage en Siberie, 1761.  Par Chappe d’Auteroche.  Paris, 1768. 3 vols. 4-to.—­This work gave rise to a severe attack on it, under the title of Antidote.  D’Auteroche’s object on his travels was principally scientific, but he has entered fully into the character of the inhabitants, and especially those of the capital, and into the character, and intellectual and moral state of the Russians in general.

783.  Relation d’un Voyage aux Monts d’Altai en Siberie, 1781.  Par Patrin.  Peters. 1785, 8vo.—­Mineralogical.

784.  Recherches Historiques sur les Principales Nations Etablies en Siberie.  Paris, 1801. 8vo.—­This work, translated from the Russian of Fischer, displays a great deal of research, and is not unworthy of an author who imitated Pallas, Gmelin, Mueller, &c.

785.  Recherches sur les Principales Nations en Siberie.  Traduit du Russe de Stollenweck. 8vo.

786.  Description de Kamschatcha.  Par Krascheninnikof.  Amsterd. 1770. 2 vols. 8vo.—­The soil, climate, productions, minerals, furs, habitations, manners, employments, religious ceremonies and opinions, &c., and even the dialect spoken in different parts, are here treated of.

787.  Journal Historique du Voyage de M. Lesseps.  Paris, 1790. 2 vols. 8vo.—­Lesseps sailed with Le Peyrouse, but left him in Kamschatcha, and travelled by land to France with despatches from him; his narrative gives a lively picture of the inhabitants of the northern parts of Asiatic and European Russia.  The work has been translated into English; there is also a German translation by Forster.

788.  Sauer’s Account of Billing’s Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia, 1785-94. 4to.—­An account of this expedition was also published in Russian by Captain Saretschewya, one of the officers engaged in it.  Parts of the continent, and islands and seas little known, are described in these two works, but they are deficient in natural history.

789.  Holderness’s Notes relating to the Manners and Customs of the Crim Tartars. 1823. 8vo.—­Mrs. Holderness resided four years in the Crimea, and she seems to have employed her time well, having produced an instructive book on the manners, domestic life, &c., not only of the Crim Tartars, but likewise of the various colonists of the Crimea.

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