Abbé Chappe d'Auteroche

1728-1769

A colleague of Maraldi, Cassini de Thury, and Lalande at the Paris Observatory, the French priest and astronomer l'abbé Jean-Baptiste Chappe d'Auteroche travelled to Siberia in 1761 to observe the transit of Venus in 1761, and his account of the trip, describes the meteorology, climate, fauna and minerals of the region, and also gives a sociological commentary. As one scholar comments, these '"forthright and sometimes provocative descriptions of Russian manners and character inspired the publication of an indignant rebuttal, sometimes attributed to Catherine the Great". This book is an abridged translation (without La description du Kamtchatka, by S.P. Krasheninnikov) of Voyage en Sibérie, fait par ordre du roi en 1761. In St Petersburg D'Auteroche consulted Gerhard Friedrich Müller -- supervisor of both Krasheninnikov and Steller on Bering's second expedition -- who assisted with the translation and clarified certain obscure points.

[based on: Christie's catalogue ]

A Journey into Siberia, Made by Order of the King of France

London: Printed for T. Jefferys .., 1770..
DK754 .C4