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[OLD BELIEVERS LITURGY] –

Posledovanie tserkovnogo peniia i vseletnago sobraniia ot mesiatsa septevriia do mesiatsa avgusta po ustavu, izhe vo Ierusalime sviatyia Lavry prepodobnago i bogonosnago ottsa nashego Savvy Osviashchennago [Liturgy for the months September through August following the Typicon of Saint Sabas].

[OLD BELIEVERS LITURGY] -, Posledovanie tserkovnogo peniia i vseletnago sobraniia ot mesiatsa septevriia do mesiatsa avgusta po ustavu, izhe vo Ierusalime sviatyia Lavry prepodobnago i bogonosnago ottsa nashego Savvy Osviashchennago

A lovely example of a tiny manuscript Menologium in Church Slavonic, a liturgical calendar with hymns celebrating the saints for each month of the year. In attractive, fresh condition, with the ornaments in bright colours, bound in its first binding of red morocco over wooden boards. A great example of an Old Believers' miniature production.

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An innovative, purely visual teaching method

IAZVINSKII, Aleksandr [actually Anton] Feliksovich

Sinkhronicheskiie tablitsy vseobshchei istorii, ukrashennyie 1500 portretami, sniatymi s medalei, sluzhashchiie k Khronograficheskomu atlasu A. Iazvinskogo [Synchronous Tables of the World History, decorated with 1,500 portraits copied from medals. A supplement to the chronographic atlas by A.Iazvinskii]

IAZVINSKII, Aleksandr [actually Anton] Feliksovich, Sinkhronicheskiie tablitsy vseobshchei istorii, ukrashennyie 1500 portretami, sniatymi s medalei, sluzhashchiie k Khronograficheskomu atlasu A. Iazvinskogo

Very rare 'atlas' teaching world history without words, purely with images and visual memory: a very innovative teaching method in 19th-c. Russia, Poland, and Europe.

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Ukrainian expressions - later banned

NOMYS, Matvii

Ukrainski prykazky, pryslivia i take inshe. Zbirnyky O. Markovycha i druhykh [Ukrainian Sayings, Proverbs and so on. Collected by O.V. Markovich and others]

NOMYS, Matvii, Ukrainski prykazky, pryslivia i take inshe. Zbirnyky O. Markovycha i druhykh

First edition of this compendium of more than 14,000 Ukrainian proverbs, sayings and riddles - published in Russia before the Ukrainian language was partly banned. Censored again in Soviet Union.

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Poems for children

CHEKHONIN, S. (artist) and M. MORAVSKAIA

Apelsinnye korki. Stikhi dlia detei [Orange Peels. Poems for Children].

CHEKHONIN, S. (artist) and M. MORAVSKAIA, Apelsinnye korki. Stikhi dlia detei

Scarce émigré edition illustrated by one of the most famous Russian book illustrators and designers of the early 20th century. With an attractive cover design.

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Such a beautiful region...but "savage"?

Raphael BERNOVILLE

La Souanetie libre. Episode d'un voyage a la chaine centrale du Caucase

Raphael BERNOVILLE, La Souanetie libre. Episode d'un voyage a la chaine centrale du Caucase

Attractive and uncommon account of southern Caucasus, illustrated with large plates and missing in the usual bibliographies. First edition; a pleasant example in the original printed wrappers.

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Samoyeds, barrels and snow

LEITSINGER, Jakob Ivanovich

Photographic Views of Arkhangelsk and its Region

LEITSINGER, Jakob Ivanovich, Photographic Views of Arkhangelsk and its Region

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

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Kiev printing in 6 languages, on blue paper

[RUMOVSKII-KRASNOPEVKOV, Veniamin]

Sviashchennaia istoriia dlia maloletnikh detei… Sacra historia in gratinam puerorum… L'histoire sacrée composée en langue russe a l'usage des jeunes gens…

[RUMOVSKII-KRASNOPEVKOV, Veniamin], Sviashchennaia istoriia dlia maloletnikh detei… Sacra historia in gratinam puerorum… L'histoire sacrée composée en langue russe a l'usage des jeunes gens…

Six languages with 5 different fonts: a rare introduction to biblical story for children, printed on blue paper a lovely copy.

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In a signed full-morocco binding

FOX, Gustavus Vasa

Narrative of the Mission to Russia, in 1866 From the journal and notes by J. F. Loubat. Edited by J. D. Champlin.

FOX, Gustavus Vasa, Narrative of the Mission to Russia, in 1866

Fine example, in full red morocco, of the account of this official American mission to Russia, just 6 months before the sale of Alaska.

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In the publisher's wrappers

LORENS, D. G. [D. H. LAWRENCE] and Tatiana LESHCHENKO (transl.)

Liubovnik ledi Chatterlei [Lady Chatterley's Lover]

LORENS, D. G. [D. H. LAWRENCE] and Tatiana LESHCHENKO (transl.), Liubovnik ledi Chatterlei

First edition in Russian of Lawrence's famous scandalous work, banned in the UK, USA and Soviet Union. An early translation by a talented Russian woman who went from Moscow to New York and to the GULAG (in that order), and inspired Solzhenitsyn. A lovely example, and very rare: no copy in Russian libraries, none in the UK, only two traced in WorldCat (Princeton and Syracuse).

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The birth of a great novelist

[NABOKOV, Vladimir Dmitrievich, as:] SIRIN, V

Mashenka [Mary]

[NABOKOV, Vladimir Dmitrievich, as:] SIRIN, V, Mashenka

First edition of Nabokov's first novel, in the original Russian: a great example of this important edition, in the original publisher's wrappers in very good condition.

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One of 60 nominal copies

AKHMATOVA, Anna

Podorozhnik [Plantain]

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Podorozhnik

First edition of this celebrated poetry collection by one of Russia's best poets. A fresh example of the rare issue of only 60 nominal copies.

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First Russian edition, at Miller's request

MILLER, Genri [Henry] and Georgii EGOROV (transl.)

Tropik raka [Tropic of Cancer]

MILLER, Genri [Henry] and Georgii EGOROV (transl.), Tropik raka

First Russian edition, initiated by Miller himself as soon as 1964, of this most transgressive work, banned in the USA and in Soviet Union. Published by Rosset in New York, limited to 200 copies, and now very rare on the market.

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Published by the first Russian woman theatre director

[BEARDSLEY] – Nikolai Nikolaevich EVREINOV

Berdslei [Beardsley]

[BEARDSLEY] - Nikolai Nikolaevich EVREINOV, Berdslei

First edition of the first Russian book on Beardsley, richly illustrated and published by the first female theatrical director in Russia. A rare publication in Western institutions.

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Very rare ABC by an artist of the Moscow Darwin Museum

VATAGIN, Vasilii Alekseevich

Azbuka v kartinkakh [ABC in Pictures]

VATAGIN, Vasilii Alekseevich, Azbuka v kartinkakh

Charming early Soviet ABC by a noted artist of natural history, in excellent condition and very rare: we could trace only one copy at auction (in Russia) and one in a public library (in Russia too).

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Presentation copy

VERESHCHAGIN, Vasilii

Turkestan: etiudy s natury - Etudes d'après nature - Studien nach der Natur

VERESHCHAGIN, Vasilii, Turkestan: etiudy s natury - Etudes d'après nature - Studien nach der Natur

One of the best Russian war artists in Central Asia: a fine example, signed by Vereshchagin and attractively bound, of this rich visual record of nowadays Uzbekistan and the surrounding regions at the height of the Great Game. Uncommon.

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Fantastic association copy in striking binding

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

Iav. Stikhi [Reality. Poems]

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

Exceptional association copy of these scandalous Russian imaginist poems, extensively inscribed by three co-authors – including Esenin - to a fourth one, Alexander Olenin. With Aristarkh Lentulov's striking cover bound in a very unusual cloth-and-wicker binding of the time. One of the best, if not the best example of this famous book of Russian poetry.

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The better edition, with hand-coloured plates

FAMIN, César

Musée royal de Naples. Peintures, Bronzes et Statues érotiques du Cabinet secret

FAMIN, César, Musée royal de Naples. Peintures, Bronzes et Statues érotiques du Cabinet secret

A famous work, here in the expanded edition with 60 plates with original hand-colour.

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All plates hand-coloured

BRETON [de la MARTINIERE, Jean-Baptiste Joseph]

La Russie, ou mœurs, usages et costumes des habitants de toutes les provinces de cet empire

BRETON [de la MARTINIERE, Jean-Baptiste Joseph], La Russie, ou mœurs, usages et costumes des habitants de toutes les provinces de cet empire

The preferred fully hand-coloured version of this lovely work on Russian costume and customs, here in a decorative binding. With 3 supplementary plates = 111 plates overall, with original colouring.

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