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Illustrated Aesop in a Russian Imperial binding

AESOP, PHILELPHUS and others

Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe

AESOP, PHILELPHUS and others, Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe

Aesop's fables in red morocco with the arms of the Russian Empress: a fine imperial copy of this lovely edition, illustrated with 60 engraved plates.

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An English best-seller in 18th-c. Russia

HERVEY, James, and Elizaveta NILOVA (transl.)

Nadgrobnyia razmyshlenia [Meditations among the Tombs]

HERVEY, James, and Elizaveta NILOVA (transl.), Nadgrobnyia razmyshlenia

First Russian edition of an English 'graveyard' literary work: by a female translator, dedicated to a woman, and later confiscated by Catherine the Great. Very rare.

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Printed on a single sheet

PUSHKIN, A[leksandr Sergeevich]

Bratia razboiniki [The Robber Brothers]

PUSHKIN, A[leksandr Sergeevich], Bratia razboiniki

The most affordable Pushkin's lifetime edition, here in a stunning uncut, unopened and unbound single sheet. A great example of Russia's golden age of poetry.

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Walter Scott's Napoleon in Pushkin's Russia

SKOTT, Valter [Walter SCOTT]

Pisma o Frantsii v 1815 godu Sira Valtera Skotta pod imenem Pavla [Letters about France in 1815 by Sir Walter Scott under the name Pavel].

SKOTT, Valter [Walter SCOTT], Pisma o Frantsii v 1815 godu Sira Valtera Skotta pod imenem Pavla

Very rare first Russian edition of Walter Scott's Paul's Letters to His Kinsfolk in Russian, published at the height of Pushkin's fame. No copy traced in the UK nor the USA.

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With patterned Russian endpapers

[D’AGOULT, Charles (Attrib.)]

Akh, kak vy glupy gospoda frantsuzy [Oh, How Stupid You Are Mr Frenchmen].

[D'AGOULT, Charles (Attrib.)], Akh, kak vy glupy gospoda frantsuzy

Attractive example of this scarce anti-revolutionary tract, published when Catherine the Great was distancing herself from some consequences of the French philosophers' thoughts. In contemporary binding ith zig-zag Russian endpapers.

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The Tsar carries out God's will on earth

PLATON [Petr LEVSHIN, later Metropolitan of Moscow]

Pravoslavnoe uchenie ili sokhrashchennaia khristianskaia bogosloviia, dlia Ego Imperatorskago Vysochestva … Tsesarevicha i Velikago Kniazia Pavla Petrovich.. [Orthodox Teaching, or Christian Theology Abridged, for His Imperial Highness…the Tsarevich and Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich].

PLATON [Petr LEVSHIN, later Metropolitan of Moscow], Pravoslavnoe uchenie ili sokhrashchennaia khristianskaia bogosloviia, dlia Ego Imperatorskago Vysochestva … Tsesarevicha i Velikago Kniazia Pavla Petrovich..

First edition of this Catechism for Tsarevich Pavel, the "first textbook of Orthodox theology in Russia" by an important religious figure of 18th-c. Russia, whom Voltaire called "the Russian Plato". Very rare: no copy at auction and only 3 copies in libraries outside Russia.

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Horses in colour in publisher's boards

ADAM, Victor

L'hippodrome au coin du feu

ADAM, Victor, L'hippodrome au coin du feu

Complete in publisher's boards: rare so. An attractive work presenting plates of horse racing and other activities, in particular remarkable for its depictions of ladies racing.

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In excellent condition, unopened

BERDIAEV, Nikolai Alexandrovich

Konstantin Leontiev. Ocherk istorii religioznoy mysli [Constantin Leontyev: Essay from the history of Russian religious thought].

BERDIAEV, Nikolai Alexandrovich, Konstantin Leontiev. Ocherk istorii religioznoy mysli

An excellent, unopened example, in original wrappers, of the first edition of this work where two important Russian thinkers meet.

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From Tolstoy to Lenin, Gorky and Chaliapin - in Japan

SKITALETS [pseud. of Stepan Gavrilovich PETROV].

O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh [On Famous Russian People]

SKITALETS [pseud. of Stepan Gavrilovich PETROV].

, O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh

Very rare Russian book published in Japan, presenting short sketches of important Russian contemporaries, such as Tolstoy, Lenin, Gorky and Pleakhanov.

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Trained in Khabarovsk, Siberia

MURZIN, Nikolai, and others

Khabarovskii grafa Muraviova-Amurskogo kadetskii korpus: Istoricheskii ocherk [Count Muraviov-Amurskii Khabarovsk Military School: Historical Essay].

MURZIN, Nikolai, and others, Khabarovskii grafa Muraviova-Amurskogo kadetskii korpus: Istoricheskii ocherk

An excellent example of this scarce émigré publication on the pre-Revolution Siberian military school. A fine Californian production, richly illustrated.

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In fresh condition

[UKRAINE]

Sobor Sv. Kniazia Vladimira v Kieve [The Cathedral of Prince Vladimir the Saint in Kyiv]

[UKRAINE], Sobor Sv. Kniazia Vladimira v Kieve

First edition of this attractive production of Kiyv's leading publisher at the time, and fine study of the architecture and decorations of the recent cathedral.

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For the palm of the hand

[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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