Russia in the 16th century Russia - with the three maps

HERBERSTEIN, Sigismund von, Paul ODERBORN and others

Rerum Moscoviticarum auctores varii, unum in corpus nunc primum congesti
£6,500

HERBERSTEIN, Sigismund von, Paul ODERBORN and others, Rerum Moscoviticarum auctores varii, unum in corpus nunc primum congesti

Important edition gathering Herberstein's famous description of early Russia together with other related works, to give a wide-ranging understanding of Muscovy. With aristocratic provenance, in contemporary binding, and complete with its famous illustrations and maps, including Moscow's first printed plan.

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Southeastern Europe in a signed full-morocco binding

DEMIDOFF, Anatole de, and Auguste RAFFET (artist)

Voyage dans la Russie méridionale et la Crimée par la Hongrie, la Valachie et la Moldavie exécutée en 1837
£2,500

DEMIDOFF, Anatole de, and Auguste RAFFET (artist), Voyage dans la Russie méridionale et la Crimée par la Hongrie, la Valachie et la Moldavie exécutée en 1837

Appealing copy of this classic travel account, here in first edition.

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Dancing stars in more than 30 pochoir plates and attractively bound

BARBIER, George, and Arabella YORKE (artists), Jean-Louis VAUDOYER, Francis de MIOMANDRE and Cyril BEAUMONT

Album dédié à Tamar Karsavina [BOUND WITH] The Art of Lydia Lopokova [BOUND WITH] Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky
£12,500

BARBIER, George, and Arabella YORKE (artists), Jean-Louis VAUDOYER, Francis de MIOMANDRE and Cyril BEAUMONT, Album dédié à Tamar Karsavina [BOUND WITH] The Art of Lydia Lopokova [BOUND WITH] Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky

Scarce gathering of Yorke's beautiful and rare publication and both Barbier's 'albums', all bound at the time in a fine blue calf signed binding - a fine volume indeed.

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In signed full contemporary red morocco

ATKINSON, John Augustus (artist)

A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of the Russians
£16,500

ATKINSON, John Augustus (artist), A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of the Russians

One of the most beautiful and impressive British works on Russia, with many great plates in fine colouring. Here unusually bound in a luxury full red morocco gilt signed.

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Charming ballet costumes in postcards

BAKST, Leon

Feia kukol [La Fée des poupées]
£2,750

BAKST, Leon, Feia kukol

A complete set of these lovely postcards showing ballet costumes by the master of the genre, who would later be central to Diaghilev's 'Ballets Russes'.

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"Die Reise um die Welt ohne Geld"

POHLIG, Emil

Zu Fuss: Kreuz und Quer Durchs das Ganze Russische Reich [On Foot: Crisscrossing the Whole Russian Empire]
£1,250

POHLIG, Emil, Zu Fuss: Kreuz und Quer Durchs das Ganze Russische Reich

Unusual extensive manuscript travel account of a German going through Russia and recording his many observations - richly illustrated with a variety of added material. Only partly published in contemporary newspapers.

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From shamanism to planting seeds in Kamchatka

GEORGI, Johann Gottlieb

Merkwürdigkeiten verschiedener unbekannten Völker des Russischen Reichs
£1,750

GEORGI, Johann Gottlieb, Merkwürdigkeiten verschiedener unbekannten Völker des Russischen Reichs

Some of the first systematic ethnographic observations of peoples of Russia, here focusing on Siberian and Far Eastern peoples. An edition rarely found, with plates and a map. Lovely copy in fine condition.

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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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Copy Number 1

[BAKST] – LEVINSON, André

Bakst: the Story of the Artist's Life
£4,250

[BAKST] - LEVINSON, André, Bakst: the Story of the Artist's Life

The most celebrated artist of the Ballets Russes, celebrated here in this beautiful production - of which it is the copy num. 1 out of only 315 printed for the UK.

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By the "Herodot of Kazakh steppes"

LEVCHINE, Alexis de [Aleksei Iraklevich LEVSHIN, also LIOVSHIN]

Description des hordes et des steppes des Kirghiz-Kazaks ou Kirghiz-Kaïssaks
£2,250

LEVCHINE, Alexis de [Aleksei Iraklevich LEVSHIN, also LIOVSHIN], Description des hordes et des steppes des Kirghiz-Kazaks ou Kirghiz-Kaïssaks

The first extensive study of the people of Kazakhstan: first French edition, with the same illustrations as the original Russian edition; including a folding map of the area, which was very rare at the time.

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Beautiful copy in its striking binding

[BAKST] – ALEXANDRE, Arsène and Jean COCTEAU

L'Art décoratif de Léon Bakst
£3,950

[BAKST] - ALEXANDRE, Arsène and Jean COCTEAU, L'Art décoratif de Léon Bakst

The earliest, largest and most impressive work on Bakst's striking art. A fine, fresh example, in its great art-déco binding.

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Very clean, in the publisher's slipcase

[BAKST] – LEVINSON, André

The Designs of Léon Bakst for the Sleeping Princess
£1,950

[BAKST] - LEVINSON, André, The Designs of Léon Bakst for the Sleeping Princess

One of the great books on Bakst' talent - the only one devoted to a specific ballet. A copy remarkable for its cleanliness, especially of the fragile original binding.

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In fine condition

GRIGORIEV, Boris Dmitrievich

Faces of Russia
£1,850

GRIGORIEV, Boris Dmitrievich, Faces of Russia

A lovely, clean copy of this great book of artistic portraits of Russians. First English edition, copy num. 7.

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By the first American woman war photojournalist

BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret

Meet Some of the Soviet People
£800

BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret, Meet Some of the Soviet People

The variety of peoples of the USSR in fine photographic portraits by a great photographer, possibly the most significant woman photographer of her time.

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Glitter, colours and traditions

[OPERA COSTUMES IN UKRAINE AND AZERBAIJAN]

Collection of Costume Designs for Opera and Ballet
£3,950

[OPERA COSTUMES IN UKRAINE AND AZERBAIJAN], Collection of Costume Designs for Opera and Ballet

From Ukraine to Azerbaijan: a rich and unusual group of watercolour costumes for various operas given in theatres of these countries.

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With a focus on Siberian costumes

HARDING, E[dward] (publisher) [and William ALEXANDER]

Costume of the Russian Empire. Costume de l'empire russe. Illustrated by upwards of seventy richly coloured engravings. Representé en plus de soixante-dix gravures superbement colorées
£2,500

HARDING, E[dward] (publisher) [and William ALEXANDER], Costume of the Russian Empire. Costume de l'empire russe. Illustrated by upwards of seventy richly coloured engravings. Representé en plus de soixante-dix gravures superbement colorées

A lovely example of this famous hand-coloured costume book showing the wide variety of 'Russian' dresses, from Western Russia to Central and Eastern Siberia.

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Contemporary portrait

French school of the 19th century

Portrait de Hadji Mourad
£4,750

French school of the 19th century, Portrait de Hadji Mourad

Extremely rare contemporary portrait of a famous Caucasian rebel - described by Gagarin and Tolstoy.

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