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, , 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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An exceptional, large-paper example

KRUSENSTERN, Ivan Fedorovich [KRUZENSHTERN]

Wörter-Sammlungen aus den Sprachen einiger Völker des östlichen Asiens und der Nordwest-Küste von Amerika
£13,500

KRUSENSTERN, Ivan Fedorovich [KRUZENSHTERN], Wörter-Sammlungen aus den Sprachen einiger Völker des östlichen Asiens und der Nordwest-Küste von Amerika, , 1813.
First edition of Kruzenshtern's important study of North Pacific languages, in a superb, very unusual example: very crisp, uncut, in plain temporary wrappers and printed on thicker woven paper. We were unable to trace other such large-paper copies. A rare book on the market: only two copies at auction. 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, , 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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Large caricatures of a troubled year

BELZEN, Ia. Ia. (artist)

Geroi Smutnogo Vremeni
£1,950

BELZEN, Ia. Ia. (artist), Geroi Smutnogo Vremeni, , 1921.
Very rare album of full-page satirical illustrations of the situation in Russia during the turbulent years of the Civil War. Published in Berlin in 1921, and particularly remarkbale for its even-handed swipe at all participants in the War. Only three copies traced in Western public institutions. Read More

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With patterned Russian endpapers

[D’AGOULT, Charles (Attrib.)]

Akh, kak vy glupy gospoda frantsuzy
£1,450

[D'AGOULT, Charles (Attrib.)], Akh, kak vy glupy gospoda frantsuzy, , 1793.
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. Read More

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Horses in colour in publisher's boards

ADAM, Victor

L'hippodrome au coin du feu
£2,250

ADAM, Victor, L'hippodrome au coin du feu, , [c. 1840].
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. 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, , 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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Extensive contemporary analysis of Tolstoy's masterpiece

[TOLSTOY] – NOROV, Avraam Sergeevich

Voina i mir (1805-1812). S istoricheskoi tochki zrenia i po vospominaniam sovremennika. Po povodu sochinenia L.N.Tolstogo "Voina i mir"
£850

[TOLSTOY] - NOROV, Avraam Sergeevich, Voina i mir (1805-1812). S istoricheskoi tochki zrenia i po vospominaniam sovremennika. Po povodu sochinenia L.N.Tolstogo "Voina i mir", , 1868.
A very rare extensive review and analysis of Tolstoy's masterpiece, published by a writer and book collector immediately when War and Peace's first edition was being brought out. 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, , 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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Predicting Napoleon's failure

FAGNANI, Federigo

Lettere scritte di Pietroburgo correndo gli anni 1810 e 1811
£2,500

FAGNANI, Federigo, Lettere scritte di Pietroburgo correndo gli anni 1810 e 1811, , 1815.
Saint Petersburg before Napoleon's campaign: a superb example in red morocco, very fresh and exempt of any foxing, of the expanded second edition (published the year of Waterloo), containing sixteen more letters in addition to the six published in the original edition of 1812. A scarce Italian book on Russia. Read More

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Dostoevsky's most political novel

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich

Besy
£16,500

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich, Besy, , 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, , 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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More than a mere translation

MALTUS [Thomas Robert MALTHUS]

Opyt o zakone narodonaseleniya ili izlozhenie proshedshago i nastoyashchago deystviya etogo zakona na blagodenstvie chelovecheskago roda […]
£2,750

MALTUS [Thomas Robert MALTHUS], Opyt o zakone narodonaseleniya ili izlozhenie proshedshago i nastoyashchago deystviya etogo zakona na blagodenstvie chelovecheskago roda […], , 1868.
Scarce first Russian edition of a major landmark of economic literature, the Essay on the Principle of Population, first published in English in 1798. An interesting edition with much material added by the translator Bibikov. Read More

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Abundant imperial hunting parties in the Mountains

KALINOVSKII, A

Les chasses au Caucase. Okhoty Kavkaza
£6,500

KALINOVSKII, A, Les chasses au Caucase. Okhoty Kavkaza, , 1900.
First edition of this impressive visual record of imperial hunting parties in the Caucasus - one of the greatest Russian hunting books, in French and Russian, conceived and produced specifically to promote the Caucasian region at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900. With 100 leaves of illustrations. A good example in the publisher's binding. 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], , 24-Jun-24.
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, , 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.

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Odessa sung by her celebrated Zionist son

ZHABOTINSKII, V. (ALTALENA). [also JABOTINSKY]

Piatero
£4,950

ZHABOTINSKII, V. (ALTALENA). [also JABOTINSKY], Piatero, , 1936.
Very rare first edition of Jabotinsky's best novel: one of 75 copies on papier Japon, out of a total printrun of only 125 copies. A fine novel about Jabotinsky's native city in Ukraine, Odessa, far from his important Zionist militant activities. In original Russian. 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, , 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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