"THIS NEW COUNTRY—HOPING TO BE PACIFIC, MEANING TO BE FREE—IS WHAT I HAVE TRIED TO PAINT"
DIXON, William Hepworth. Free Russia. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1870. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter tan polished calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, green morocco spine labels, marbled boards, endpapers, and edges. $700.
First edition, each volume with color frontispiece.
Dixon, a man of letters and editor of the Athenaeum, travelled in Russia in the latter part of 1869. "My journeys, just completed, carried me from the Polar Sea to the Ural Mountains, from the mouth of the Vistula to the Straits of Yeni Kale, including visits to the four holy shrines of Solovetsk, Pechersk, St. George, and Troitsa" (Preface).
Contemporary calf bindings with light wear. Slight foxing to preliminaries. A very good copy.