HAMEL, Joseph Christian.
HAMEL, Joseph Christian. Anglichane v Rossii v XVI i XVII stoletiiakh [Englishmen in Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries] …
Sanktpeterburg, 1865[–9]. Prodaetsia u kommissionerov Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk: A. Bazunova, v S. P. B. I. Glazunova, v S. P. B. Eggersa i Komp., v S. P. B. I. Bazunova, v Moskve. Enfiandzhntsa i Komp. v Tiflise.  
2 vols, large 8vo (244 × 160 mm), pp. [2], 179, [1]; [2], [181]–308, 15, [1], 8 (catalogue of books published by the Imperial Academy of Sciences); light waterstain in the gutter of the first two leaves in vol. I, and to final leave in vol. II; still a very good copy, uncut and largely unopened in recent wrappers.
Scarce first edition, posthumously published as a supplement to the transactions of the Imperial Academy of Sciences. Joseph Christian Hamel (Iosif Gamel’ in Russian; 1788–1862) came from the Volga German community of Sarepta. A doctor by training, he soon went into government service, and by 1829 had joined the Imperial Academy of Sciences, on behalf of whom he travelled extensively to both Britain and America. It was on one just such visit, to the Great Exhibition in London, that he died, and is buried in West Norwood cemetery. Hamel published a number of works of Anglo-Russian interest. The present account appears his most extensive and charts the early history of the two countries’ connections.
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