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Scarce Work on the Caucasus

Novye zametki na drevniia istorii Kavkaza i ego obitatelei [New notes on the ancient history of the Caucasus and its inhabitants].

St. Petersburg: Tipografiia N. Tiblena i komp., 1866. Octavo (22.5 × 15.5 cm). Contemporary quarter-calf over marbled boards with gilt tooling and title to spine; 501, [1] pp. Title page lightly toned; boards rubbed, still about very good.

First edition. An early ethnographic, linguistic and historical study of the Caucasus by a Russian ethnographer and statesman of French origin, Ivan Ivanovich Shopen (1798-1870). Shopen began gathering materials on the region as part of his military appointment in 1829, creating a record of Armenia, then a new territory of the Russian Empire. In 1840, when his first study of Armenia was published, Shopen was appointed a member of the statistics committee of the Ministry of the Interior. Shopen was fascinated by the Caucasus and continued his scholarly work, publishing several more books on the subject. This book is his last, and contains a historical and philological analysis of ancient Armenian and Georgian literary works and historical sources, as well as commentary on existing theories of the etymological origins of the words Kavkaz (Caucasus) and Kazbek. Among the works treated are the Armenian writings of Movses Khorenatsi, Movses of Kaghankatuk (Kagkantovathsi), and the Georgian history of King Vakhtang of Kartli. This edition of these works became foundational for the study of the region in the Russian Empire. KVK, OCLC show copies at Harvard, NYPL, Princeton, and Yale.

Book ID: P6189

Price: $1,750.00