Reforming the laws of the empire

[LOPUKHIN, Prince Petr, and Nikolai NOVOSILTSEV]

Mémoire Presenté par le Ministère de la Justice Relativement à L'Organisation de la Comission des Lois [...] Suivi d'un Extrait des Rapports [...] sur les Travaux de Cette Commission. Première Partie [All published]
£5,750

[LOPUKHIN, Prince Petr, and Nikolai NOVOSILTSEV], Mémoire Presenté par le Ministère de la Justice Relativement à L'Organisation de la Comission des Lois [...] Suivi d'un Extrait des Rapports [...] sur les Travaux de Cette Commission. Première Partie [All published]

A fundamental work at the source of a clarification and homogenisation of the laws of the Russian empire at the turn of the 19th century. An excellent copy of this very rare publication: only one copy traced of this French issue of the first edition (Göttingen).

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Chinese tea in Pushkin's Russia

[GASTRONOMY]

Preis-courant neuerhaltener, ausgesuchter, bester Chinesischer Thee die zu haben sind in den Magazinen der Kaufmanns Gregorius Marinin, in St. Petersburg
£1,950

[GASTRONOMY], Preis-courant neuerhaltener, ausgesuchter, bester Chinesischer Thee die zu haben sind in den Magazinen der Kaufmanns Gregorius Marinin, in St. Petersburg

Extremely rare broadside boasting "the all-best" teas from China available at a merchant's in St. Petersburg. The poster contains much interesting information and is illustrated with many Asian scenes. Very fragile but in very good condition.

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La Marseillaise, European operas, and romantic Russian songs

[ROMANOV, Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich] – TSVETKOV M. and Vasilii KITAEV (artist)

Muzykalnyia stsenki. Popuri [Musical Sketches. Potpourri]
£8,750

[ROMANOV, Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich] - TSVETKOV M. and Vasilii KITAEV (artist), Muzykalnyia stsenki. Popuri

An interesting compilation of various international and Russian music, all manuscript, with a lovely watercolour title page and all kept in a refined master binding: a very attractive imperial portfolio made for the Grand Duke. Very rare.

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European cross-cultural publication

FILIPOVSKII, Efrem

Smert Marii Stuart, korolevy Shotlandskoi.. [The Death of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots […]: historical description illustrated with seven prints engraved after English originals […]]
£4,750

FILIPOVSKII, Efrem, Smert Marii Stuart, korolevy Shotlandskoi..

Complete copy of this bibliographical rarity, a charming book with skilfully engraved plates, and a great witness of cultural exchanges in Europe and Russia in the early 19th century. No copy traced in libraries outside Russia.

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Zionism in lovely art-nouveau wrapper

SAPIR, I[osif] B[erkovich]

Sionizm. Nauchno-populiarnoe izlozhenie sushchnosti i istorii sionisticheskago dvizheniia [Zionism. Scientifico-Popular Study of the Essence and History of the Zionist Movement]
£950

SAPIR, I[osif] B[erkovich], Sionizm. Nauchno-populiarnoe izlozhenie sushchnosti i istorii sionisticheskago dvizheniia

Fine summary of the Zionist question at an important time for the movement. A very good copy of the true first edition.

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Ethnic responsibility?

SHULGIN, Vasilii

'Chto nam v nikh ne nravitsia...' Ob Antisemitizme v Rossii ['What We Do Not Like About Them...' On the Antisemitism in Russia]
£375

SHULGIN, Vasilii, 'Chto nam v nikh ne nravitsia...' Ob Antisemitizme v Rossii

"Political anti-Semitism', to be distinguished from a racial one: first edition of this scarce work, which also gives an account of the situation of the Jews in Russia.

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Russians in Venice, celebrated with merchants, peoples of the world and bullfighting

FOSSATI, Giorgio and Domenico, [with] Antonio BARATTI

Currus triumphales ad adventum clarissimorum Moschoviae principum Pauli Petrovitz et Mariae Theodorownae conjugis regali orandum spectaculo in Divi Marci venetiarum foro die 22 Januarii anno MDCCLXXXI
£22,500

FOSSATI, Giorgio and Domenico, [with] Antonio BARATTI, Currus triumphales ad adventum clarissimorum Moschoviae principum Pauli Petrovitz et Mariae Theodorownae conjugis regali orandum spectaculo in Divi Marci venetiarum foro die 22 Januarii anno MDCCLXXXI

Fine and scarce Italian "livre de fêtes" with beautiful contemporary colour - with an added suite of prints related to the same event, the Venitian reception of the future Tsar of Russia.

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Striking 'lubki' in great condition

SITINE [Ivan SYTIN] (publisher)

Images et dessins populaires russes jusqu'a 1860 [Title on cover]
£4,750

SITINE [Ivan SYTIN] (publisher), Images et dessins populaires russes jusqu'a 1860 [Title on cover]

Some great imagery in a rare volume of 85 plates - mostly military but only, with many themes strikingly depicted. A rare item of Russian folk art, here in fine condition.

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With a fine original watercolour

POUCHKINE, Alexandre and Boris ZWORYKINE (artist) [PUSHKIN and ZVORYKIN]

Boris Godounov
£4,950

POUCHKINE, Alexandre and Boris ZWORYKINE (artist) [PUSHKIN and ZVORYKIN], Boris Godounov

One of the great productions of the Parisian Russian artists - this one from the "tirage de tête" on Japon with a watercolour by Zworykine.

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Striking cover drawn by Diego Riviera – and extensive, fascinating content

RIVERA, Diego (artist)

Fortune, March 1932, Volume V, Number 3
£450

RIVERA, Diego (artist), Fortune, March 1932, Volume V, Number 3

A superb cover for a richly illustrated and interesting content: the Fortune Magazine issue focusing on the 'Soviet miracle'.

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Lovely piece of binding art from Odessa

[ODESSA – BINDING]

Presentation portfolio
£1,950

[ODESSA - BINDING], Presentation portfolio

Odessa's Chief Prosecutor receives a fine leather portfolio with silver plaque - with the original documents preserved.

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Celebrating progress in Russia's legal system

KONI, Anataolii Fedorovich

Otsy i deti sudebnoi reformy. K piatidesiatiletiiu Sudebnykh ustavov. 1864-1914 [Fathers and Children of the Judicial Reform]
£500

KONI, Anataolii Fedorovich, Otsy i deti sudebnoi reformy. K piatidesiatiletiiu Sudebnykh ustavov. 1864-1914

Fine example of this celebratory work, in the pleasant publisher's binding.

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British aquatints of the Rhine for South Americans

[GERNING] – SCHÜTZ, Christian Georg (artist) and Jose Joaquin MORA

Viage pintoresco por las orillas del Rin, desde Maguncia hasta colonia
£7,500

[GERNING] - SCHÜTZ, Christian Georg (artist) and Jose Joaquin MORA, Viage pintoresco por las orillas del Rin, desde Maguncia hasta colonia

Exceptionally rare edition in Spanish of one of the most successful illustrated books of the time, specifically conceived for the South American market. A beautiful copy.

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Manuscript history in your pocket

[BARRIÉRA]

Tablettes chronologiques de la Monarchie de Russie
£3,950

[BARRIÉRA], Tablettes chronologiques de la Monarchie de Russie

A lovely manuscript booklet finely bound, showing all important events of Russia's history up to 1784 - very unusual, attractive and informative, possibly connected to Tsar Nicholas I.

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American methods for Russian libraries

PLUMMER, Mary Wright and Sergei I. POVARNIN (translator)

Rukovodstvo dlia nebol'shikh bibliotek. Perevod s 3 izdania, s ob"iasneniiami i dopolneniiami [Hints to Small Libraries. Translated from the third edition, with explanations and additions by the translator]

£450

PLUMMER, Mary Wright and Sergei I. POVARNIN (translator), Rukovodstvo dlia nebol'shikh bibliotek. Perevod s 3 izdania, s ob"iasneniiami i dopolneniiami

Unusual Russian guidebooks for libraries, translated from the American work of a prominent female librarian. Fine example of the first edition, very rare: no copy traced outside Russia.

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The Blind Traveller - in cloth

HOLMAN, James

A Voyage Round the World, including travels in Africa, Asia, Australasia, America, etc. etc., from 1827 to 1832
£3,500

HOLMAN, James, A Voyage Round the World, including travels in Africa, Asia, Australasia, America, etc. etc., from 1827 to 1832

The first circumnavigation by a blind person: first edition, illustrated with more than 20 plates, and very rare in the original cloth.

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Napoleon's stay at Waterloo's farm

LAUDY, Lucien

Drawings of Napoleon's Imperial Guard AND Regiments of the Line
£1,850

LAUDY, Lucien, Drawings of Napoleon's Imperial Guard AND Regiments of the Line

More than 60 watercolours of Napoleonic uniforms, drawn by a Nopoleon fan who initiated a museum in the house where Napoleon stayed before the final battle of Waterloo. An historical object, finely bound.

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Banned Russian edition of a banned English book

FLETCHER, Dzhails [Giles]

O gosudarstve russkom, ili Obraz pravleniia russkago tsaria (obyknovenno nazyvaemago tsarem moskovskim). S opisaniiem nravov i obychaev zhitelei etoi strany [Of the Rvsse Common Wealth: Of the Russian State, or the Manner of Government of the Russian Emperor]
£6,750

FLETCHER, Dzhails [Giles], O gosudarstve russkom, ili Obraz pravleniia russkago tsaria (obyknovenno nazyvaemago tsarem moskovskim). S opisaniiem nravov i obychaev zhitelei etoi strany

First Russian book edition -banned- of Fletcher's famous -and banned- description of Russia which first appeared in 1591. A very rare edition, printed in Geneva by Russian revolutionaries, in a fine, fresh example.

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