A Black Sea youth

AKHMATOVA, Anna

U samogo moria
£850

AKHMATOVA, Anna, U samogo moria, Skt. Peterburg, 1921.
A fine example of the first edition of this important autobiographical poem by one of the best Russian poets, and a victim of Soviet censorship. Read More

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Important early book for Russian children - with a sewn translation label

KAMPE [CAMPE, Joachim Heinrich; and Aleksandr Semenovich SHISHKOV, translator]

Detskaia biblioteka, izdannaia na nemetskom iazyke gospodinom Kampe, a s onago perevedena g. ***
£3,950

KAMPE [CAMPE, Joachim Heinrich; and Aleksandr Semenovich SHISHKOV, translator], Detskaia biblioteka, izdannaia na nemetskom iazyke gospodinom Kampe, a s onago perevedena g. ***, Skt. Peterburg, [c. 1799].
More than a translation, an original adaptation, dedicated to Princess Dahskova, the first woman head of an Academy of Sciences and first female member of the American Philosophical Society. A very rare early edition of this important book for Russian children - and a lovely example with a sewn translation label! Read More

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Published by the first Russian woman theatre director

[BEARDSLEY] – Nikolai Nikolaevich EVREINOV

Berdslei
£1,750

[BEARDSLEY] - Nikolai Nikolaevich EVREINOV, Berdslei, Skt. Peterburg, 1912.
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. Read More

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A great Russian Napoleonica, complete in original wrappers

BOZHOVSKII, Vasliii Konstantinovich

Vystavka 1812 goda: illiustrirovanoe izdanie
£2,850

BOZHOVSKII, Vasliii Konstantinovich, Vystavka 1812 goda: illiustrirovanoe izdanie, Moskva, 1913.
The impressive, thick and richly illustrated catalogue of the centenary exhibition celebrating the Patriotic War against Napoleon. Very rare in wrappers, complete with all plates. Read More

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Chagall's first book and a landmark of Yiddish book illustration.

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

A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele
£22,500

CHAGALL, Marc (artist) and Der NISTER [pseud. for Pinchus KAHANOVICH], A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele, Petrograd, 1917.
Chagall's first illustrated book, his only children book, and a landmark of Yiddish book illustration, published the year of the Russian revolution. Very rare, especially in this very good condition: about 5 other copies known. Read More

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A Grand Duke's copy of the first study of ancient Russian jewellery, finely illustrated

KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich

Russkie klady. Issledovaniie drevnostei velikokniazheskogo perioda
£6,500

KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich, Russkie klady. Issledovaniie drevnostei velikokniazheskogo perioda, Skt. Peterburg, 1896.
Grand Duke Alexey's copy of the first scholarly work on ancient Russian jewelry: an excellent example of the first edition, finely illustrated. Read More

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In lovely condition

MELGUNOV, Sergei

Na putiakh k dvortsovomu perevorotu (zagovory pered revoliutsii 1917 goda)
£175

MELGUNOV, Sergei, Na putiakh k dvortsovomu perevorotu (zagovory pered revoliutsii 1917 goda), Rodnik, 1931.
Rather objective historical analysis of the Russian political plots around Tsar Nicholas II before the revolution. A fine example of the first edition. Read More

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Mathematics in the hands of the Empress

[VUIANOVSKII, Stefan]

Rukovodstvo k arifmetike dlia upotrebleniia v narodnykh uchilishchiakh
£4,950

[VUIANOVSKII, Stefan], Rukovodstvo k arifmetike dlia upotrebleniia v narodnykh uchilishchiakh, Skt. Peterburg, 1783.
Empress Mariia Fedorovna's copy of an important Russian textbook for arithmetic. First edition, in a lovely example finely bound in green silk with attractive endpapers. Read More

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18th-c. Russian explained in French and German

NORDSTET, Ivan.

Rossiiskii, s nemetskim i frantsuzskim perevodami, slovar
£1,000

NORDSTET, Ivan., Rossiiskii, s nemetskim i frantsuzskim perevodami, slovar, Skt. Peterburg, 1780 i 1782.
A thick and uncommon dictionary explaning in German and French the Russian language used during Catherine the Great. A very good copy in contemporary binding. Read More

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From Tolstoy to Lenin, Gorky and Chaliapin - in Japan

SKITALETS [pseud. of Stepan Gavrilovich PETROV].

O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh
£750

SKITALETS [pseud. of Stepan Gavrilovich PETROV]., O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh, Nagoia, 1927.
Very rare Russian book published in Japan, presenting short sketches of important Russian contemporaries, such as Tolstoy, Lenin, Gorky and Pleakhanov. Read More

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First Pushkin in Europe, inscribed

[PUSHKIN] – DUPRÉ DE SAINT-MAURE, Jean-Pierre-Émile (editor)

Anthologie russe, suivie de poésies originales
£2,500

[PUSHKIN] - DUPRÉ DE SAINT-MAURE, Jean-Pierre-Émile (editor), Anthologie russe, suivie de poésies originales, Paris, 1823.
A great work: the first European publication of Russia's greatest poet, and the first French anthology of Russian poetry. A fresh example of the first edition, inscribed by the author Read More

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Dostoevsky's most political novel

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich

Besy
£16,500

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich, Besy, Skt. Peterburg, 1873.
Dostoevsky's most political novel: a very good example of the first edition, in contemporary Russian binding. Read More

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Celebrated poetical tamizdat

AKHMATOVA, Anna

Rekviem
£750

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Rekviem, Miunkhen, 1963.
First edition of one of Akhmatova's most famous works, considered by many to be her finest. An important tamizdat of one of the best Russian poets; one of 500 copies only. Read More

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Diaghilev collecting debts

DIAGHILEV, Serge

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

DIAGHILEV, Serge, Autograph letter, signed, to "cher Directeur" [Jacques Hébertot], Paris, 24th June 1924.
Very good autograph letter by Diaghilev, the celebrated founder of the Ballets Russes. With his bold signature, which is rarely found. Read More

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Russian railways before the Transsiberian

HOVYN DE TRANCHÈRE, Jules-Auguste

Statistique des Chemins de Fer Russes au 1 (13) Janvier 1869
£2,750

HOVYN DE TRANCHÈRE, Jules-Auguste, Statistique des Chemins de Fer Russes au 1 (13) Janvier 1869, St. Pétersbourg, 1869.
Rare statistical book on the Russian Railways, at a relatively early stage of development, complete with its detailed folding map. Printed in St. Petersburg. A lovely example, inscribed by the author. Read More

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Looking at the past at the start of the Great Game

IAZYKOV, Dmitrii Ivanovich (editor and translator)

Sobranie puteshestvii k tataram I drugim vostochnim narodam, v XIII, XIV i XV stoletiakh
£1,750

IAZYKOV, Dmitrii Ivanovich (editor and translator), Sobranie puteshestvii k tataram I drugim vostochnim narodam, v XIII, XIV i XV stoletiakh, Skt. Peterburg, 1825.
A witness of the Russian interest in the eastern parts of its empire and its neighbours. Includes Carpini's 13th-c. travel account, thought to be the earliest significant Western description of Northern and Central Asia, Rus, and the regions of the Mongol dominion. A fresh example of the rare first edition. Read More

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With a view of the British mission

MARTOS, Aleksei [Ivanovich]

Pisma o vostochnoy Sibiri
£3,950

MARTOS, Aleksei [Ivanovich], Pisma o vostochnoy Sibiri, Moskva, 1827.
A fine, uncut copy of the first edition of this rare Russian book on Siberia and the Chinese border, illustrated, and giving an account of the second British mission in Russia. Praised by Gogol among others. Read More

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In a binding with deer tools

[CRULL, Jodocus] (editor) and J[oachim] BOUVET

The Present Condition of the Muscovite Empire, till the Year 1699. In Two Letters: the First from a Gentleman, Who Was Conversant with the Muscovite Ambassadour in Holland: the Second from a Person of Quality at Vienna, Concerning the Late Muscovite Embassy, His Present Czarish Majesty; the Russian Empire; and Great-Tartary. With the Life of the Present Emperour of China
£3,750

[CRULL, Jodocus] (editor) and J[oachim] BOUVET, The Present Condition of the Muscovite Empire, till the Year 1699. In Two Letters: the First from a Gentleman, Who Was Conversant with the Muscovite Ambassadour in Holland: the Second from a Person of Quality at Vienna, Concerning the Late Muscovite Embassy, His Present Czarish Majesty; the Russian Empire; and Great-Tartary. With the Life of the Present Emperour of China, London, 1699.
Russian and China at the end of the 17th century, in a lovely binding with deer tools. A fine example of the first edition, the Macclesfield copy. Read More

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