Izbrannye Razskazy [i] Dozhdlivyy Iyun
POE, Edgar Allan, and OUYDA [pseud. for Maria Louise RAME], Izbrannye Razskazy [i] Dozhdlivyy Iyun, Skt. Peterburg, 1912.
Very rare Poe curiosity, showing on the cover a portrait of....somebody completely different! Together with a short story by a female author. Read More
16 Risunkov. 16 Dessins
GONCHAROVA, Natalia, and Mikhail LARIONOV, 16 Risunkov. 16 Dessins, Moskva, .
Very rare portfolio of 16 important compositions by two masters of the russian avant-garde. Apparently not in MoMA; we could trace only two copies in public institutions, Read More
Slovar Russkikh sueverii
CHULKOV, Mikhail Dmitrievich, Slovar Russkikh sueverii, Skt. Peterburg, 1782.
An important and very rare work on superstitions and beliefs of the peoples of the Russian empire under Catherine the Great. With captivating paragraphs and descriptions. An attractive example of the first edition. Read More
Basni...v vosmi knigakh
KRYLOV, Ivan Andreevich, Basni...v vosmi knigakh, Skt. Peterburg, 1835.
Famous edition of the best Russian fabulist, and probably the first small-format book in Russia. A lovely example in full green morocco. Read More
[A Sammelband of Five Manuscript Works]
MIKHAILOV, Kozma Afanasievich and other authors, [A Sammelband of Five Manuscript Works], Skt. Peterburg, [c. 1782-1815].
Very rare manuscript collection of theological and philosophical texts, including some forbidden by Catherine the Great's government in the 1780s. Very well preserved in its contemporary binding. With a poem authored most likely by the compiler of the manuscript and dedicated to the opening of the bronze horseman, the celebrated monument to Peter the Great inaugurated by Catherine in St. Petersburg. Read More
Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe
AESOP, PHILELPHUS and others, Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe, Copenhagen, 1773.
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. Read More
HERVEY, James, and Elizaveta NILOVA (transl.), Nadgrobnyia razmyshlenia, Moskva, 1782.
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. Read More
Konstantin Leontiev. Ocherk istorii religioznoy mysli
BERDIAEV, Nikolai Alexandrovich, Konstantin Leontiev. Ocherk istorii religioznoy mysli, Paris, 1926.
An excellent, unopened example, in original wrappers, of the first edition of this work where two important Russian thinkers meet. Read More
Sinkhronicheskiie tablitsy vseobshchei istorii, ukrashennyie 1500 portretami, sniatymi s medalei, sluzhashchiie k Khronograficheskomu atlasu A. Iazvinskogo
IAZVINSKII, Aleksandr [actually Anton] Feliksovich, Sinkhronicheskiie tablitsy vseobshchei istorii, ukrashennyie 1500 portretami, sniatymi s medalei, sluzhashchiie k Khronograficheskomu atlasu A. Iazvinskogo, Skt. Peterburg, 1840.
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. Read More
LISSITZKY, El [Eliezer Lazar Markovich] (artist) and Peter Ben Zion RASKIN, Der Ber, Kiev, 1919.
A scarce Yiddish children's book by a major figure of the Russian and Jewish avant-garde: an early Kiev production of the important Kultur Lige, illustrated on every page by Lissitzky. Read More