Author: Breton de la Martiniere J.B.
Publication Date: 1813
Publication Place: Paris
Description: [Breton de la Martiniere J.B. Russia, or Costumes, Manners and Customs of the Russians: series of colored engravings with their explanations]. Paris, 1813. In French. Please feel free to request a detailed description. Short description: The author of this richly illustrated edition is Jean-Baptiste Breton de la Mariniere (1777–1852), a French republican, stenographer, and journalist who wrote about the most high-profile criminal trials of the French Revolution. Knowing almost all European languages, he also worked as a court interpreter. This ethnographic work contains a wide variety of information about Russia at the beginning of the 19th century: descriptions of both capitals, provinces, individual cities, methods and means of transportation, and etiquette. The author himself spoke of his book as follows: “I read a lot in different languages and saw Russia in a new light. And I decided to offer readers some curious details from the life of this country and its peoples. I will tell you about the different nations of the Russian Empire, about their manners and customs, as well as their costumes, which differ in a surprising way from province to province”. The narrative is accompanied by a large number of color illustrations, sketches of costumes of different nationalities, as well as engravings. The book was illustrated by the French aquatint painter and engraver Michel Francois Damame-Demartre, and the Englishman, Sir Robert Ker Porter, who worked for some time in Russia and had the opportunity to make sketches from life. Please contact us for details on condition of available copies of the book. SKUMS000153 kn_nat