I shall quote, and have used, three modern
descriptions of Mingrelia and the adjacent countries.
1. Of the Pere Archangeli Lamberti, (Relations de Thevenot, part i. p. 31 - 52, with a map,) who has all the knowledge and prejudices of a missionary.
2. Of Chardia, (Voyages en Perse, tom. i. p. 54, 68 - 168.) His observations are judicious and his own adventures in the country are still more instructive than his observations.
3. Of Peyssonel, (Observations sur les Peuples Barbares, p. 49, 50, 51, 58 62, 64, 65, 71, etc., and a more recent treatise, Sur le Commerce de la Mer Noire, tom. ii. p. 1 - 53.) He had long resided at Caffa, as consul of France; and his erudition is less valuable than his experience.