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Description: First edition of a celebrated description of Tibet

PALLAS, Peter Simon.
Description du Tibet, d'après la relation des Lamas Tangoutes, établis parmi les Mongols; traduit de l'allemand avec des notes, par J. Reuilly.

Paris, Bossange, Masson et Besson, 1808. 8vo. Modern half calf, spine gilt with title lettered in gold. With an engraved illustration on title page by Duplessis-Bertaux. (5), VIII-XII, 89 pp.

Very rare first French edition of a description of Tibet by Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811), translated by Baron Jean de Reuilly (1780-1810?), explorer of the Crimea and the Black Sea. The original work by Pallas was entitled Sammlungen historischer nachrichten über die Mongolischen Völkerschaften, published first published in 1776. Pp. 1-54 are devoted to the description of Tibet according to accounts of Tibetan Lamas established among the Mongols; the second part of the work is dedicated to a report of the celebrations and ceremonies during the period from 22 June until 12 July 1729, in the small village Ourga, to celebrate the rebirth of Koutoukhta, one of the most distinguished priests of Mongolia.
During the long reign of Catherine II, Russia became increasingly receptive to Western science, technology, and culture. In 1767 she called the celebrated German naturalist and explorer Peter Simon Pallas to a professorship in natural history at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. This work is dedicated to the Orientalist Langlès, 'Membre de l' Institut, Conservateur des manuscrits orientaux de la Bibliothèque Impériale, Professeur de Persan'.

Very good uncut copy.
Cordier, Sinica, 2879; Lust 207.
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