London: Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, 1813. Second edition. A complete, if somewhat worn copy in contemporary tree calf, rebacked with the original spine laid down. Quarto (pages: 23 x 29 cm), collating: viii, 303; viii, 296; with 28 hand-colored plates (two of which are folding), 12 aquatint plates (one folding) and an etched portrait of Gustavus Vasa, making up the full complement of 41 plates. Two of the hand-colored plates are extended at the margins and the folding aquatint is cracking along one fold. General wear and offsetting to the pages, a good, serviceable copy that could benefit from a few deft repairs.
The lovely plates are from the author's drawings made during his travels in Russia, Finland and Sweden, engraved by Stadler. His narrative, in the form of several long letters to a friend in England, include observations and impressions of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Upsala, Stockholm, Russian and Scandinavian art collections and museums, the Russian army, law and prison systems, religion, education, Cossacks, commerce, and mining, to name a few. (Item #823)