In pleasant contemporary binding

KANT, Immanuel

Critik der practischen Vernunft
£2,500

KANT, Immanuel, Critik der practischen Vernunft, Riga, 1788.
Kant's famous second Critique in a lovely example of the first edition. 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
£175

SANTALOV, A[rsenii] A[lexeevich], Sovremennie problem nefti v kapitalisticheskikh stranakh, 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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Smoking in Pushkin's Russia

[TOBACCO] – ARTO, Amedei

Obiavlenie
£575

[TOBACCO] - ARTO, Amedei, Obiavlenie, Moskva, 1834.
Detailed price list of tobacco products offered in Moscow during Pushkin's time, showing a broad and very international range. A rare, unusual ephemera in excellent, fresh condition. Read More

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Lenin's first significant work

[LENIN, pseud.:] Vladimir ILYN [pseud. for Vladimir Ilyich ULIANOV]

Razvitie kapitalizma v Rossii. Protsess obrazovaniia vnutrenniago rynka dlia krupnoi promyshlennosti
£4,750

[LENIN, pseud.:] Vladimir ILYN [pseud. for Vladimir Ilyich ULIANOV], Razvitie kapitalizma v Rossii. Protsess obrazovaniia vnutrenniago rynka dlia krupnoi promyshlennosti, Skt. Peterburg, 1899.
First edition of Lenin's first substantial work, and one of his first two books published in 1899. A landmark economic analysis. Read More

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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, Sanktpeterburg, 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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Large caricatures of a troubled year

BELZEN, Ia. Ia. (artist)

Geroi Smutnogo Vremeni
£1,950

BELZEN, Ia. Ia. (artist), Geroi Smutnogo Vremeni, Berlin, 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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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 […], Skt. Peterburg, 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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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, St. Pétersbourg, 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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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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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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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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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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Superstitions from Moscovia to the Pacific

CHULKOV, Mikhail Dmitrievich

Slovar Russkikh sueverii

CHULKOV, Mikhail Dmitrievich, Slovar Russkikh sueverii, Sanktpeterburg, 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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Forbidden texts with provenance marks

MIKHAILOV, Kozma Afanasievich and other authors

[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

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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, 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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