London: Printed for John Murray by W. Bulmer & Co., 1814. v,  p., 64 lvs of plates. Illus. with 64 hand-colored plates. Sm. 4to. Three quarter later navy blue pebbled morocco over blue cloth boards, four raised bands with gilt links, four medallions, and titles in gilt, recent endpapers. First edition. Minor foxing to the title page else a fine bright copy. Tooley 377. Lipperheide Kaa 32. Colas 2358. Hiler 16. Item #40268
The exquisite plates are "copied from a series of engravings begun at Petersburg in 1776, and finished in 1779, under the care, and at the expense of C.W. Müller" (preface). They range over the Russian peoples in the 18th century including: seventeen plates of the Finns and related tribes; eighteen of the Tartars; fifteen of the nations of the Samoyeds and fourteen of the Kalmuks, Mongols and other smaller tribes. A later, more common edition, appeared about 1823.