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Not a friend of Romanovs' Russia

GERTSEN, Aleksandr Ivanovich [Alexander HERZEN]

Byloe i dumy: Pervoe polnoe izdanie

GERTSEN, Aleksandr Ivanovich [Alexander HERZEN], Byloe i dumy: Pervoe polnoe izdanie,Slovo, Berlin , 1921.
First complete edition of Herzen's main work, containing "the broadest, most truthful and most penetrating overview of the Russian social and cultural history of the first half of the nineteenth century". A scarce edition, in five small volumes. 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],[V. Kipriianov, 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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On blue paper

[TEA] – BOTKIN, Petr

Obiavlenie. Magazin sukon i kitaiskikh chaev

[TEA] - BOTKIN, Petr, Obiavlenie. Magazin sukon i kitaiskikh chaev,Mosk. Vedomosti, Mosk. Universitet, 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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Pocket format on thin paper

GROSSMAN, Vasilii

Vse techet

GROSSMAN, Vasilii, Vse techet,Posev, Frankfurt/Main , 1973.
Grossman's first novel being published abroad,and banned in Soviet Union until 1989. A fine example of this pocket-size edition, aimed at being smuggled into the USSR. Read More

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A mountainous surprise

OBRUCHEV, Sergei Vladimirovich

V nevedomykh gorakh Iakutii

OBRUCHEV, Sergei Vladimirovich, V nevedomykh gorakh Iakutii,Gos. izd, Moskva-Leningrad , 1928.
First edition of this important expedition exploring the last unknown region of Russia, and discovering there an impressive mountain: the Chersky Range. Complete with illustrations and the first map of the area, in north-east Siberia. Read More

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OPTICAL THEATRE IN 1830s MOSCOW

MISHO, Genrikh

Mekhanicheskii Teatr Sveta. Obiavlenie

MISHO, Genrikh, Mekhanicheskii Teatr Sveta. Obiavlenie,Mosk. Vedomosti, Mosk. Universitet, 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,Mosk. Vedomosti, Mosk. Universitet, 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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Oil issues at the start of the Cold War

SANTALOV, A[rsenii] A[lexeevich]

Sovremennie problem nefti v kapitalisticheskikh stranakh

SANTALOV, A[rsenii] A[lexeevich], Sovremennie problem nefti v kapitalisticheskikh stranakh,Pravda, Moskva , 1946.
"The struggle for oil between England and the USA", "US oil monopolies go on the offensive" and "The role of oil in the Second World War" - among the 7 parts of Santalov's lecture on oil, the West and the Soviet Union. Uncommon. Read More

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With the dust-jacket

AKHMATOVA, Anna

Beg vremeni

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Beg vremeni,Sovetskii pisatel, 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,Mosk. Vedomosti, Mosk. Universitet, 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, Johannes Sas, for Jacob von Wesel, Wesel , 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 Rossica, 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,La Belle Edition, 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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For the 1730s Baltic traders

Morskii poshlinnyi reglament ili ustav […] Neues See-Zoll-Reglement […]

[BOUND WITH:]

Lateinisch-Rußisch und Teutsches Vocabularium. Latino-rossiiskaia i nemetskaia slovesnaia kniga.

[BOUND WITH:]

Poshlinnoi Tarif […]. Zoll-Tarif […]

, Morskii poshlinnyi reglament ili ustav […] Neues See-Zoll-Reglement […]

[BOUND WITH:]

Lateinisch-Rußisch und Teutsches Vocabularium. Latino-rossiiskaia i nemetskaia slovesnaia kniga.

[BOUND WITH:]

Poshlinnoi Tarif […]. Zoll-Tarif […],St. Petersburg, Academie der Wissenschaften , 1731 and 1732.
An exceptional sammelband for Russo-German sea trade under the Germanophile Tsarina Anna Ivanovna, containing three rare and early Russian publications: the first bilingual editions of the new duty statute and of the customs tariff, together with a trilingual dictionary. A lovely, fresh example in contemporary binding. Read More

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

Traktat o torgovle mezhdu rossiiskoiu imperieiu i portoiu ottomanskoiu

, Traktat o torgovle mezhdu rossiiskoiu imperieiu i portoiu ottomanskoiu,Skt. Peterburg, Imp. Akad. Nauk , 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,Pissot and Nyon l'ainé, 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…,Imperatorskii universitet, 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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Poe as French surgeon!

POE, Edgar Allan, and OUYDA [pseud. for Maria Louise RAME]

Izbrannye Razskazy [i] Dozhdlivyy Iyun

POE, Edgar Allan, and OUYDA [pseud. for Maria Louise RAME], Izbrannye Razskazy [i] Dozhdlivyy Iyun,'Trud' for Probuzhdenie, 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

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Superstitions from Moscovia to the Pacific

CHULKOV, Mikhail Dmitrievich

Slovar Russkikh sueverii

CHULKOV, Mikhail Dmitrievich, Slovar Russkikh sueverii,Sanktpeterburg, Shnor , 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

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