Samoyeds, barrels and snow

LEITSINGER, Jakob Ivanovich

Photographic Views of Arkhangelsk and its Region
£895

LEITSINGER, Jakob Ivanovich, Photographic Views of Arkhangelsk and its Region, Arkhangelsk, 1890-1900s.
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. Read More

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Anna Karenina in first edition and contemporary binding

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich

Anna Karenina
£14,500

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich, Anna Karenina, Moskva, 1878.
Tolstoy's masterpiece in first edition: a complete example of this classic of Russian and world literature in contemporary Russian binding. Read More

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Complet set in original wrappers

RODCHENKO Aleksandr, Varvara STEPANOVA et al. (artists)

Novyi LEF. Zhurnal Levogo Fronta Iskussiv. Nos. 1 - 12 (1927) + 1 - 12 (1928). (All Published)
£17,500

RODCHENKO Aleksandr, Varvara STEPANOVA et al. (artists), Novyi LEF. Zhurnal Levogo Fronta Iskussiv. Nos. 1 - 12 (1927) + 1 - 12 (1928). (All Published), Moskva, 1927-28.
A rare complete set of the celebrated 'Novyi LEF' journal, complete with wrappers by Rodchenko. Read More

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Astrology and predictions in Russia

[BRUCE’S CALENDAR]

[The Book, Called Bruce's Calendar]

[BRUCE'S CALENDAR], [The Book, Called Bruce's Calendar], Moskva, 1810].
Complete example of an early, fully engraved edition of this famous, richly illustrated civil calendar, with predictions to the 20th century. A fine example with provenance charmingly handwritten. "A great rarity" writes Bitovt. Read More

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Fascinating statistics and maps regardings the Russian Jewish population

BLIOKH, Ivan Stanislavovich [also Jan Gotlib BLOCH]

Sravnenie materialnogo byta i nravstvennogo sostoianiia naseleniia v cherte osedlosti evreev i vne ee: tsifrovyia dannyia i izsledovaniia po otnosheniiu k evreiskomu voprosu

BLIOKH, Ivan Stanislavovich [also Jan Gotlib BLOCH], Sravnenie materialnogo byta i nravstvennogo sostoianiia naseleniia v cherte osedlosti evreev i vne ee: tsifrovyia dannyia i izsledovaniia po otnosheniiu k evreiskomu voprosu, Skt. Peterburg, 1889 or 1901].
The condition of the Jewish settlements in the Russian empire: a fascinating analysis -and defence- through a wealth of data and their visual representation. An exceptionally rare Russian book of statistics with a political angle. Read More

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"Так писали прежде для царей"

BLINOV, Ivan Gavrilovich (scribe)

Zhitie Feodora Studita

BLINOV, Ivan Gavrilovich (scribe), Zhitie Feodora Studita, Russia, 7411 [1903].
Beautiful illuminated manuscript produced by one of the best scribes of the early 20th-century Russia; very fresh and in its original binding. Read More

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Striking full-page lithographs with gold highlights

[BIBLE, Slavonic] –

Kniga Apokalipsis [...]. Sviatago Andreia Arkhiepiskopa Kesariia Kapadokiiskago skazanie Apokalipsi sviatago Apostala Evangelista Ioanna Bogoslova sokrovennyh otkrovenie

[BIBLE, Slavonic] -, Kniga Apokalipsis [...]. Sviatago Andreia Arkhiepiskopa Kesariia Kapadokiiskago skazanie Apokalipsi sviatago Apostala Evangelista Ioanna Bogoslova sokrovennyh otkrovenie, Moskva, 7418 (i.e. 1909).
A luxury production of the Old Believers' printing press, with gold highlights, very much imitating their richly illustrated manuscripts. Read More

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On blue paper

[TEA] – BOTKIN, Petr

Obiavlenie. Magazin sukon i kitaiskikh chaev

[TEA] - BOTKIN, Petr, Obiavlenie. Magazin sukon i kitaiskikh chaev, Moskva, 1833.
Rare broadside by the pioneer of the Russian tea industry, advertising teas and fabrics from international origins, available in 1830s Pushkin's Moscow. Read More

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OPTICAL THEATRE IN 1830s MOSCOW

MISHO, Genrikh

Mekhanicheskii Teatr Sveta. Obiavlenie

MISHO, Genrikh, Mekhanicheskii Teatr Sveta. Obiavlenie, Moskva, 1833.
Rare broadside for series of entertainments in Moscow, including an optical theatre of animated figures by a versatile performer and craftsman. Read More

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OPTICAL THEATRE IN 1830s MOSCOW

KUPARENKO, Iordakii

Kinetozograficheskie vidy. Obiavlenie

KUPARENKO, Iordakii, Kinetozograficheskie vidy. Obiavlenie, Moskva, 1834.
Rare broadside for an impressive Russian kinetozographic theatre of 400 animated figures in Pushkin's Moscow, by a hot-air balloon enthusiast now in the Guinness World Records. Read More

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AKHMATOVA, Anna

Beg vremeni

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Beg vremeni, Moskva & Leningrad, 1965.
First edition of Akhmatova's last book published during her lifetime, and the most complete collection of her poems to that date, with many published here for the first time. Complete with the dust-jacket illustrated with Modigliani's portrait of the great Russian poetess. Read More

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Now extinct dogs fighting in 1830s Moscow

[BAITING DOGS]

Obiavlenie

[BAITING DOGS], Obiavlenie, Moskva, 1833.
Two consecutive illustrated Russia broadsides announcing different rounds of large wild animal baiting in Pushkin's 1830s Moscow, involving the now-extinct Medelyan dogs. Read More

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From amber mining to sable hunting on ski

BRAND, Johann Arnold von

Reysen durch die Marck Brandenburg, Preussen, Churland, Liefland, Peßcovien, Groß-Naugardien, Tweerien und Moskovien […] anbey Eine Seltsame und sehr Anmerckliche Beschreibung von Siberien […]

BRAND, Johann Arnold von, Reysen durch die Marck Brandenburg, Preussen, Churland, Liefland, Peßcovien, Groß-Naugardien, Tweerien und Moskovien […] anbey Eine Seltsame und sehr Anmerckliche Beschreibung von Siberien […], Duisburg, 1702.
A very rich and overlooked 17th-c. travel account, with quantity of original material on Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Siberia, including music and songs in the vernacular, as well as many engraved plates, especially on amber mining, sable hunting on ski and Easter celebrations in Moscow. A rare book, especially in contemporary binding. Read More

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A lovely, fresh example

BARBIER, George and Francis de MIOMANDRE

Dessins sur les Danses de Vaslav Nijinsky

BARBIER, George and Francis de MIOMANDRE, Dessins sur les Danses de Vaslav Nijinsky, Paris, 1913.
Beautiful art-deco interpretations of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, seen here through the combined geniuses of Barbier and Nijinsky, in the early and most successful years of Diaghilev's entreprise. A rare book in such a lovely condition. Read More

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First bananas, curry and sake

GONCHAROV, Ivan

Fregat Pallada

GONCHAROV, Ivan, Fregat Pallada, Skt. Peterburg, 1858.
One of the best travel accounts by a Russian literary author: Goncharov's travel to Japan, Hong Kong and Africa. An excellent example of the first edition. Read More

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Catherine the Great's business in the Black Sea and the Caucasus

[CATHERINE THE GREAT]

Traktat o torgovle mezhdu rossiiskoiu imperieiu i portoiu ottomanskoiu

[CATHERINE THE GREAT], Traktat o torgovle mezhdu rossiiskoiu imperieiu i portoiu ottomanskoiu, Skt. Peterburg, 1783.
Uncommon treatise between Catherine's Russia and the Ottoman Empire, and inbetween two Russo-Turkish wars of the 18th century. Read More

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An 18th-c. best-seller in the Tsar's library

THOMPSON, James

Les Saisons

THOMPSON, James, Les Saisons, Paris, 1779.
A Russian Imperial copy of Eisen's charming plates to illustrate a best-seller of the 18th century. Read More

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Pandemic in Catherine's Russia

SHAFONSKII, Afanasiy Filimonovich

Opisanie morovoi iazvy…

SHAFONSKII, Afanasiy Filimonovich, Opisanie morovoi iazvy…, Moskva, 1775.
A rare case of a Russian 18th-c. book in Mariia Fedorovna's library: the first Russian scientific work on the plague. An exceptional copy of a major work. Read More

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