Chinese money in a Russian collection

CHAUDOIR, Baron Stanislas de

Kitaiskie, manchzhurskie, mongolskie, iliiskie, koreiskie, iaponskie, aninanskie i neizvestnye monety, medali, assignatsii, menialnye bilety, zolotye i serebrianye slitki.
£4,500

CHAUDOIR, Baron Stanislas de, Kitaiskie, manchzhurskie, mongolskie, iliiskie, koreiskie, iaponskie, aninanskie i neizvestnye monety, medali, assignatsii, menialnye bilety, zolotye i serebrianye slitki., [Skt. Peterburg, c. 1842].
The attractive catalogue of Asian, esp. Chinese numismatics compiled by one of the greatest coin collectors of the early 19th century. A lovely example of the rarer first Russian issue, in a fine Russian binding - a rare book indeed, with more than 60 plates. Read More

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Looking at the past at the start of the Great Game

IAZYKOV, Dmitrii Ivanovich (editor and translator)

Sobranie puteshestvii k tataram I drugim vostochnim narodam, v XIII, XIV i XV stoletiakh
£1,750

IAZYKOV, Dmitrii Ivanovich (editor and translator), Sobranie puteshestvii k tataram I drugim vostochnim narodam, v XIII, XIV i XV stoletiakh, Skt. Peterburg, 1825.
A witness of the Russian interest in the eastern parts of its empire and its neighbours. Includes Carpini's 13th-c. travel account, thought to be the earliest significant Western description of Northern and Central Asia, Rus, and the regions of the Mongol dominion. A fresh example of the rare first edition. Read More

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With a view of the British mission

MARTOS, Aleksei [Ivanovich]

Pisma o vostochnoy Sibiri
£3,950

MARTOS, Aleksei [Ivanovich], Pisma o vostochnoy Sibiri, Moskva, 1827.
A fine, uncut copy of the first edition of this rare Russian book on Siberia and the Chinese border, illustrated, and giving an account of the second British mission in Russia. Praised by Gogol among others. Read More

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In a binding with deer tools

[CRULL, Jodocus] (editor) and J[oachim] BOUVET

The Present Condition of the Muscovite Empire, till the Year 1699. In Two Letters: the First from a Gentleman, Who Was Conversant with the Muscovite Ambassadour in Holland: the Second from a Person of Quality at Vienna, Concerning the Late Muscovite Embassy, His Present Czarish Majesty; the Russian Empire; and Great-Tartary. With the Life of the Present Emperour of China
£3,750

[CRULL, Jodocus] (editor) and J[oachim] BOUVET, The Present Condition of the Muscovite Empire, till the Year 1699. In Two Letters: the First from a Gentleman, Who Was Conversant with the Muscovite Ambassadour in Holland: the Second from a Person of Quality at Vienna, Concerning the Late Muscovite Embassy, His Present Czarish Majesty; the Russian Empire; and Great-Tartary. With the Life of the Present Emperour of China, London, 1699.
Russian and China at the end of the 17th century, in a lovely binding with deer tools. A fine example of the first edition, the Macclesfield copy. Read More

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First bananas, curry and sake

GONCHAROV, Ivan

Fregat Pallada

GONCHAROV, Ivan, Fregat Pallada, Skt. Peterburg, 1858.
One of the best travel accounts by a Russian literary author: Goncharov's travel to Japan, Hong Kong and Africa. An excellent example of the first edition. Read More

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