20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

GERTSEN, Aleksandr Ivanovich [Alexander HERZEN].

Byloe i dumy: Pervoe polnoe izdanie [My Past and Thoughts: First complete edition].
£750

First complete edition of Herzen's main work and "great historical classic" (Sviatopolk-Mirskii). Scarce: we could not trace any example at auction in or outside Russia in recent decades. Read more

Travels & History: Russia, Siberia, Asia and Pacific

LEITSINGER, Jakob Ivanovich.

Photographic Views of Arkhangelsk and its Region.
£895

A lovely group of photographs, showing Northern indigenous peoples and local trades by one of the main photographers of the Russian North.

20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

AKHMATOVA, Anna.

U samogo moria [At the Edge of the Sea].
£850

Fine copy of the first edition in book form, one of 3,000 copies. This long poem, written in 1914, first appeared in the magazine Apollon in 1915, and represents a summing-up of Akhmatova's early manner.

20th century: Avant-Garde

CHAGALL, Marc (artist) and Der NISTER [pseud. for Pinchus KAHANOVICH].

A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele [A Story About a Rooster [and] The Little Kid].
£22,500

The birth of a rich book-illustrating career: Chagall's first book, showing 9 full-page illustrations, and the only children's book to be illustrated by the great modern artist.

Children, Education, Languages

NORDSTET, Ivan.

Rossiiskii, s nemetskim i frantsuzskim perevodami, slovar. [Russian Dictionary, with German and French Translations]
£1,000

A great glance at the Russian language under Catherine the Great: more than mere translations, this thick dictionary gives German and French explanations to a wealth of Russian words and expressions.

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