first edition, extremely rare. In this monograph on a portolan chart of the Black Sea, dated 1497 and discovered in the library at Wolfenbüttel, Potocki compares this version with five others in various libraries, and includes essays on the different races bordering the Black Sea. It formed part of his intended great work on the prehistory of the Slavic peoples.
Count Jan Potocki (1761-1815) was a pioneer ethnographer, Egyptologist, archaeologist and historian of the pre-Slavonic peoples. He travelled widely around the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Caucasus and China.He reputedly killed himself by using as a bullet the silver knob from the top of his samovar which he first had blessed by a priest. His ethnographic researches were printed at his own expense in very small numbers.
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