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Dixon, William Hepworth

History of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The only book about William Penn in Russian.

History of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The only book about William Penn in Russian.

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Dixon, William Hepworth [History of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania]. Viliam Penn Osnovatel Pensilvanii.

Series Blagodeteli chelovechestva.
Translated by an anonymous author.

Sanktpeterburg, tip. F.S. Sushchinskogo, 1873.
8vo, [8], 343 pp.

In contemporary brown quarter leather and cloth covered boards with gilt on spine.
In good condition, rubbed, corners lightly bumped, cloth sun-tanned.

First and only translation of Dixon's book about William Penn into Russian.

William Hepworth Dixon (1821-1879), an English historian and traveler, was known to Russian readers as the author of travel guides and several novels that began to be published at the end of the 1860s. Although the first edition of his 'Life of William Penn', which details the life and legacy of the notable Quaker and colonial leader, was published in 1851, this anonymous translation was made from the second, enlarged edition that appeared in 1872 under the title 'History of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania'.
It's interesting to note that Dixon visited Russia in the late 1860s and wrote about his experiences in his travelogue 'Free Russia'. Here he described his observations of Russian society, culture, and politics during the period of reform, with an emphasis on religious issues, courts, and justice.
'Free Russia' was first published in 1870 and remains an important historical source on Russia in the 19th century. However, it is likely that the first and only Russian translation of 'Free Russia' was extracts which appeared in 1872.

We couldn’t trace any copy of this edition in the USA or European libraries via OCLC.

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