Lyon, Benoit Duplain, 1767. Small8vo. Uncut in 2 contemp. blue boards. Spine ends rubbed. Handwritten titles to spines. (6),327;(8),359 pp. and 2 large folded engraved maps (Carte de Kamtschatka - Carte des Isles Kurilski). One map loose. Old name on titlepageserased by ink. Small stamp to titlepages. The last 5 leaves in volume two having a fain brownspot filling the lower margins, otherwise internally clean and wide-margined.
First French edition of one of the fundamental texts of Siberian scholarship. With detailled accounts of the zoology, geography and botany of the region as well as on the language and culture of the Itelmen and Koryak peoples.