I did not think that any publisher still produced books like this, meticulously prepared with footnotes (over a thousand), appendices (with potted biographies of the extensive cast list from Czar Alexander to the Duke of Wellington), lots of illustrations (76) clearly reproduced, including half-tones and a magnificent colour reproduction of ‘Russia in Europe and the Ural Mountains Chiefly coloured from Geological Researches Conducted under the Auspices of The Emperor of All the Russias By His Imperial Majesty’s most devoted Servants Roderick Impey Murchison; M. E. de Verneuil & Count A. V. Keyserling, assisted in the field by Lieut. Koksharof. 1845’,...

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