The World Surveyed in the XIXth Century; or recent narratives of scientific and exploratory expeditions. Volume I: Parrot’s Journey to Ararat.

Parrot, Friedrich 1791-1841.

Book ID: 7155


8vo. xii, 375 pp., folding map frontispiece (small marginal repair not affecting the map), woodcut illustrations, contemporary full calf, re-backed retaining original spine, title gilt on green label, marbled endpapers and outer edges, appendix, occasional light foxing, shelf label verso front endpaper, minor spotting on pages 14-22, otherwise copy in very good condition, translated by W. D. Cooley, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London, 1845.


First English edition. The first edition was printed in German in Berlin in 1834 titled ‘Reise zum Ararat’ which is an account of the first ascent of Mt. Ararat. Parrot undertook this expedition to Mt. Ararat in 1829-30, under the aegis of the Czar, since the Caucasus had come into the possession of Russia in 1828. Parrot, who came from a well established Protestant family in Russia, had travelled in the Crimea and the Caucasus in 1811 and published an account of that journey in 1815.
Johann Jacob Friedrich Wilhelm Parrot (1791 – 1841) was a Baltic German naturalist and traveller, who lived and worked in what was then the Governorate of Livonia, a part of the Russian Empire. He studied medicine and natural science at the University of Dorpat in present-day Estonia and in 1811, undertook an expedition to the Crimea and the Caucasus with Moritz von Engelhardt. There he used a barometer to measure the difference in sea level between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. The result of his scientific investigations are given here, determining the physio-geographical problem of a great importance.
Bibliographic references: Blackmer 1257; not in GL; NUC cites London 1845 and New York 1846.

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