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

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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.

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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.

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Performing Arts: Theatre, Dance, Cinema

DIAGHILEV, Serge.

Autograph letter to "cher Directeur" [Jacques Hébertot].
£3,950

A two-page letter, beautifully signed, where Diaghilev is chasing a significant amount of money due by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. 38,524 francs is the amount Diaghilev is expecting following a charity gala, where his Ballets Russes performed…

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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.

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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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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

MELGUNOV, Sergei.

Na putiakh k dvortsovomu perevorotu (zagovory pered revoliutsii 1917 goda) [On the Paths Towards a Palace Coup (plots ahead of the 1917 Revolution)].
£175

First edition of this historical analysis of the secret plots and intrigues swirling around the Imperial regime in the lead up to 1917.

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

AKHMATOVA, Anna.

Rekviem [Requiem].
£750

First edition of one of Akhmatova's most famous works. One of 500 copies only. Written between 1935 and 1940, 'Requiem' was not published in Russia until 1987.

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

SKITALETS [pseud. of Stepan Gavrilovich PETROV].

O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh [On Famous Russian People].
£750

A very rare Japanese imprint. We are not aware of any other example having been on the market, and we could locate only two copies of this first edition in public institutions worldwide

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

SHALAMOV, Varlam Tikhonovich.

[Kolyma Stories] Kolymskie rasskazy.
£1,250

First edition of this important collection of stories on Soviet labour camps, which Shalamov (1907-82), a poet and man of letters on the wrong side of the Soviet authorities…

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Literature: European languages

AESOP and PHILELPHE, François, translated by Jean Baptiste Morvan de Bellegarde (abbe de Bellegarde).

Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe.
SOLD

Russian imperial example of an uncommon illustrated edition of Aesop's fables, in red morocco with Tsarina Maria Feodorovna's gilt arms. Attractively illustrated edition of Bellegarde's compilation of fables by Aesop, Philelphus, Gabrias, and Avienus, first published in Amsterdam in 1708. Read more

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Literature: Russian and neighbours

PUSHKIN, Aleksandr Sergeevich, Sergey LIFAR and Prof. M. L. GOFMAN (editors).

[Journey to Arzrum during the campaign of 1829].
£2,950

Fine copy of this private production, from the very rare issue of 50 copies only, each one bearing the printed name of the recipient, this one from the 30 copies on papier de Hollande, after 20 on Japon. Another issue was limited to 200 copies, without specific recipients... Read more

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

BULGAKOV, Mikhail.

Sobache serdtse [Heart of a dog].
SOLD

First publication in Russian of Bulgakov's suppressed satirical masterpiece, printed as the whole issue of Student magazine by Romanian exile Alex Flegon. Unpublishable in the Soviet Union until 1987, the text was circulated only in clandestine samizdat editions... Read more

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Costumes, Fashion & Military

HARDING, E[dward] (publisher) [and William ALEXANDER].

Costume of the Russian Empire. Costume de l'empire russe. Illustrated by upwards of seventy richly coloured engravings. Representé en plus de soixante-dix gravures superbement colorées.
£2,500

Fine example, attractively bound. The costumes were drawn after Georgi and Mueller, the English text was written by William Alexander, after the main texts available at the time on Russia.

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

BULGAKOV, Mikhail Afanasyevich.

Zapiski iunogo vracha; Diavoliada and Other Stories [Notes of a Young Doctor; Diaboliad and Other Stories].
£1,950

Comprising 10 stories first published in 1922-1926. The typescript partially reproduces the first and the only book by Bulgakov to be published in Russia during his lifetime.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

ILYAZD [pseud. for Ilya ZDANEVICH].

Lidantiu faram [Le Dentu the Beacon].
£20,000

SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS 'MASTERPIECE OF THE RUSSIAN POETIC AVANT-GARDE' (Johnson 25) INSCRIBED BY ILIAZD TO ANDRE SALMON, a talented man of letters, poet and leading art critic.

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Literature: European languages

DUPRÉ DE SAINT-MAURE, Jean-Pierre-Émile (editor).

Anthologie russe, suivie de poésies originales.
£2,500

Pushkin and the Golden Age of Russian poetry come to the West: the very first publication of Russia's celebrated poet in Western Europe in the first anthology of Russian poetry in French.

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Literature: Russian and neighbours

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich.

Besy [The Devils, sometimes The Possessed or Demons].
£16,500

One of Dostoevsky's great novels, and the first of his books published by Dostoevsky himself. Besy captures "the full grandeur of Dostoevsky's extraordinary endeavor[…]"

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Russian Americana

GLADKII, S.V. and Iu.K. DVORZHITSKII (editors).

S beregov Ameriki: iubileinyi istoricheskii sbornik o-va Russkih morskih ofitserov v Amerike, 1923 – 1938. [From the Shores of America: commemorative historical compendium of the Association of former Russian naval officers in America, 1923 - 1938].
£950

The Russian Navy and the Americas: warmly inscribed by one of the authors to the first Russian submarine commander in the Pacific. "Very rare" (Savine) illustrated émigré publication, with historical folding maps featuring the arctic coast of Russia... Read more

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Erotica

ZICHY, Michael von.

Liebe.
£3,950

The last edition of these celebrated erotic illustrations before the destruction of the original plates, rarer than the previous, 1911 edition. One of 300 copies "privately printed only for subscribers". Read more

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Literature: Russian and neighbours

TOLSTOY, Leo.

Pervyi vinokur ili kak chertenok kraiushku zasluzhil. Komediia [The First Distiller, or How the Little Devil Earned his Crust. A Comedy].
£1,500

The rare first edition of Tolstoy's first play, in the original wrappers. The First Distiller is a comedy on the evils of drink.

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Travels & History: Western Europe

RERESBY, Sir John, Bt.

The Travels and Memoirs of Sir John Reresby...
£1,450

...The Former (now First Published) Exhibiting a View of the Governments and Society in the Principal States and Courts of Europe, during the Time of Cromwell's Usurpation; the Latter Containing Anecdotes, and Secret History of the Courts of Charles II. and James II.

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Literature: Russian and neighbours

TOLSTOY, Leo.

Khoziain i rabotnik. Rasskaz [Master and Man. A Story].
£1,500

The first edition of one of Tolstoy's greatest and most popular short stories, with the original wrappers. This copy bears the correct first issue points…

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Literature: Russian and neighbours

BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich.

O liubvi, poezii i gosudarstvennoi sluzhbe [Dialogue About Love, Poetry and Government Service].
£125

Pleasant example of this uncommon work, which grew out of the play 'The King on the Square' (1907) and first appeared the same year in the magazine 'Pereval'. It reflects Blok's personal crisis, as well as his observations on the Russian society and the 1905 Revolution.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

KRUCHENYKH, Aleksei.

Zaumnyi iazyk u: Seifullinoi Vs Ivanova Leonova Babelia I Selvinskogo A Veselogo i dr. Kniga 127-ia. [The Transrational Language of: Seifullina, Vs. Ivanov, Leonov, Babel, I. Selvinskii, A. Veselyi, and others. Book 127.]
£500

The first edition; with covers designed by Kulagina-Klutsis. This collection of essays on experimental language by one of its most prominent practitioners closes with an exhaustive bibliography of Kruchenykh's works to date.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

ALTMAN, Natan.

Lenin. Risunki Natana Altmana [Lenin. Sketches by Natan Altman].
£1,250

In 1920, Altman was invited to the Kremlin to create a bronze portrait of Vladimir Lenin. To complete this task, he spent about six weeks with the Bolsheviks' leader… The best sketches in preparation of the bronze bust eventually formed this booklet.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

ESENIN, Sergei, with Boris PASTERNAK, Andrei BELII et al.

Iav'. Stikhi [Reality. Poems].
£9,500

Exceptional association copy of this scandalous book of imagist poems, extensively inscribed by three co-authors – including Esenin - to a fourth one, Alexander Olenin (1865-1944).

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

SVITKOV, Nikolai [pseud. for Nikolai STEPANOV].

Masonstvo v Russkoi Emigratsii [Freemasonry in Russian emigration].
£85

Rare second edition of Svitkov's main work on freemasonry, where he details the development of modern Russian Masonic lodges outside of Russia since 1920, adding a list of Russian Freemasons as of January 1, 1932 (to which he even includes Vladimir Ulianov-Lenin). It follows the first edition printed in Paris 32 years earlier, and a third, very similar edition was published by the same company in 1966. This second edition was augmented with a preface by V. Merzheevskii, a contribution by the Chairman of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, bishop Antonii, and Svitkov's article "Voennaia lozha" [Military lodge], published earlier in 1955 in Vladimirskii vestnik periodical. Read more

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Sciences, Economics, Politics, Philosophy

KANT, Immanuel.

Critik der practischen Vernunft.
£2,500

A fresh example in a lovely binding of the first edition of Kant's celebrated Critique of Practical Reason in which the philosopher formulates the 'categorical imperative', the foundation of modern ethics. PMM 226 (note).

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Literature: Russian and neighbours

YERMOLOV, Aleksei Petrovich, also ERMOLOV.

[Notes of Aleksey Petrovich Yermolov about the war of 1812 [Zapiski Alekseia Petrovicha Ermolova o voine 1812 goda].
£1,350

A detailed account of the Great Patriotic War by one of the most distinguished Russian military leaders. The important émigré first edition, printed in London and forbidden in Russia. A very good example with the rare printed wrapper bound-in. Read more

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr Isaevich.

Odin den Ivana Denisovich [One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich].
£3,000

The rare first edition of Solzhenitsyn's first published book; a celebrated "pirate" edition published abroad without the author's consent.

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Travels & History: Western Europe

[ULM PANORAMIC PROCESSION].

Historischer Festzug des 500 jährigen Münsterjubiläums in Ulm am 29 und 30 Juni 1877.
£750

First edition of a rare and vast chromolithographed panorama, with highlights by hand. Begun in 1377, Ulm Minster was completed on the 31 May 1890, becoming the tallest building in the world; it remains the tallest church in the world to this day. Read more

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Travels & History: Russia, Siberia, Asia and Pacific

LOUKOMSKI [LUKOMSKIY] Georgii Krestsenovich.

Le Kreml (Kremlin) de Moscou. Ses cathédrales, ses palais et ses trésors d'art.
£250

A complete example of this impressive photographic survey of the Kremlin, often found incomplete. The 120 plates include photographic views and details of the Kremlin buildings and churches…

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Travels & History: Russia, Siberia, Asia and Pacific

CHAUDOIR, Baron Stanislas de.

Kitaiskie, manchzhurskie, mongolskie, iliiskie, koreiskie, iaponskie, aninanskie i neizvestnye monety, medali, assignatsii, menialnye bilety, zolotye i serebrianye slitki. [Catalogue of copper money of Chinese, Japanese, Korean Vietnamese and uncertain origins, medals, paper-money, exchange notes, gold and silver bars].
£4,500

The scarce catalogue of Asian numismatics compiled by Baron Stanislas de Chaudoir, one of the greatest coin collectors of the early 19th century. With an unusual bibliography, only in Chinese ideograms…

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Sciences, Economics, Politics, Philosophy

[LENIN, pseud.:] Vladimir ILYN [pseud. for Vladimir Ilyich ULIANOV].

Razvitie kapitalizma v Rossii. Protsess obrazovaniia vnutrenniago rynka dlia krupnoi promyshlennosti [The Development of Capitalism in Russia. The Process of Formation of a Home Market for Large-Scale Industry].
£4,750

First edition of Lenin's first substantial work, and one of his first two books published in 1899. A landmark economic analysis, the Development of Capitalism was researched and written while Lenin was first in prison, then in exile in Siberia.

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

TSVETAEVA, Marina.

Posle Rossii. 1922-1925 [After Russia. 1922-1925].
£3,950

First edition of Tsvetaeva's last book of poems, one of her major works, banned in the USSR; a lovely example, in original wrappers, one of 500 only, including 100 not for sale.

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