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Fables in innovative small format

KRYLOV, Ivan Andreevich

Basni...v vosmi knigakh

KRYLOV, Ivan Andreevich, Basni...v vosmi knigakh,Sankt Peterburg, Eksped. Zagotovl. Gos. Bumag for Aleksandr Smirdin , 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

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Russia's wide variety for German readers - with much new material

ENGELHARDT, Georg von

Russische Miscellen, zur genauern Kenntniss Russlands und seiner Bewohner

ENGELHARDT, Georg von, Russische Miscellen, zur genauern Kenntniss Russlands und seiner Bewohner,Skt. Petersburg, Kaiserl. Akademie der Wissenschaften , 1829-32.
A rare St. Petersburg imprint, complete with exotic views and maps: first edition of these 4 volumes giving a taste of Pushkin's Russia for German-speaking readers. From St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk, the Urals and the extreme north-eastern Siberia, through Russian literature, the Empress Maria Fedorovna and the famous fair of Nizhnii-Novgorod. Read More

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Illustrated Aesop in a Russian Imperial binding

AESOP, PHILELPHUS and others

Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe

AESOP, PHILELPHUS and others, Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe,Heritiers de Rothe et Proft, 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

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An English best-seller in 18th-c. Russia

HERVEY, James, and Elizaveta NILOVA (transl.)

Nadgrobnyia razmyshlenia

HERVEY, James, and Elizaveta NILOVA (transl.), Nadgrobnyia razmyshlenia,Moskva, N. Novikov , 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

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Walter Scott's Napoleon in Pushkin's Russia

SKOTT, Valter [Walter SCOTT]

Pisma o Frantsii v 1815 godu Sira Valtera Skotta pod imenem Pavla

SKOTT, Valter [Walter SCOTT], Pisma o Frantsii v 1815 godu Sira Valtera Skotta pod imenem Pavla,Reshetnikov, Moskva , 1827.
Very rare first Russian edition of Walter Scott's Paul's Letters to His Kinsfolk in Russian, published at the height of Pushkin's fame. No copy traced in the UK nor the USA. Read More

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With patterned Russian endpapers

[D’AGOULT, Charles (Attrib.)]

Akh, kak vy glupy gospoda frantsuzy

[D'AGOULT, Charles (Attrib.)], Akh, kak vy glupy gospoda frantsuzy,Reshetnikov, Moskva , 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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In excellent condition, unopened

BERDIAEV, Nikolai Alexandrovich

Konstantin Leontiev. Ocherk istorii religioznoy mysli

BERDIAEV, Nikolai Alexandrovich, Konstantin Leontiev. Ocherk istorii religioznoy mysli,Y.M.C.A. Press, Paris , 1926.
An excellent, unopened example, in original wrappers, of the first edition of this work where two important Russian thinkers meet. Read More

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In fresh condition

[UKRAINE]

Sobor Sv. Kniazia Vladimira v Kieve

[UKRAINE], Sobor Sv. Kniazia Vladimira v Kieve,Kulzhenko, Kiev , 1898.
First edition of this attractive production of Kiyv's leading publisher at the time, and fine study of the architecture and decorations of the recent cathedral. Read More

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An innovative, purely visual teaching method

IAZVINSKII, Aleksandr [actually Anton] Feliksovich

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,E.Prats, 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

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Ukrainian expressions - later banned

NOMYS, Matvii

Ukrainski prykazky, pryslivia i take inshe. Zbirnyky O. Markovycha i druhykh

NOMYS, Matvii, Ukrainski prykazky, pryslivia i take inshe. Zbirnyky O. Markovycha i druhykh,Skt. Peterburg, V drukarniakh Tyblena i komp. i Kulisha , 1864.
First edition of this compendium of more than 14,000 Ukrainian proverbs, sayings and riddles - published in Russia before the Ukrainian language was partly banned. Censored again in Soviet Union. Read More

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