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A Tour, Performed in the Years 1795-6,

through the Taurida, or Crimea, the Antient Kingdom of Bosphorus, the Once-Powerful Republic of Tauric Cherson, and all the Other Countries on the North Shore of the Euxine, Ceded to Russia by the Peace of Kainardgi and Jassy.

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London, T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1802

Maria Guthrie was the former director of a school for the education of Russian noblewomen in St. Petersburg (the Smolny Institute). Her husband, Matthew Guthrie, was physician to the first and second Imperial corps of noble cadets. Maria travelled south to Crimea in 1795 in order to seek out a warmer climate as her health had deteriorated. Accompanied by her servant and the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas she wrote to her husband who remained in Petersburg of her observations. These letters which detail her antiquarian, historical, botanical, and ethnological investigations were edited by Matthew and form the basis of the present travel narrative.

The recipient of the book, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (1747-1813), was Professor of Universal History at the University of Edinburgh.



First edition, 4to; presentation copy, inscribed 'To the Hon.ble the Lord Woodhouselee from his sincere friend the Editor by the hands of his brother. Marie Guthrie' on front free endpaper, ownership inscription of Alexander Fraser Tytler on title, 2 folding engraved maps, 3 engraved plates, numerous illustrations in text of medals and 8 full-page, some very slight spotting, modern calf-backed marble boards, black label and gilt title, a very good copy.


Crowther 2080; Nerhood 127; Robinson (Wayward Women), pp. 282-83.

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