Dickens' life for Russian readers

[DICKENS] – PLESHCHEEV, Aleksei Nikolaevich

Zhizn Dikkensa
£1,450

[DICKENS] - PLESHCHEEV, Aleksei Nikolaevich, Zhizn Dikkensa, , 1891 (but censor auth. 17 Nov. 1890).
Rare first significant biography of the great Victorian author in Russian, written by an active (and politically engaged) man of letters. First book edition. Apparently no copy in Britain, only at the NYPL and in Sidney outside Russia. Read More

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First Russian edition, at Miller's request

MILLER, Genri [Henry] and Georgii EGOROV (transl.)

Tropik raka
£2,750

MILLER, Genri [Henry] and Georgii EGOROV (transl.), Tropik raka, , 1964.
First Russian edition, initiated by Miller himself as soon as 1964, of this most transgressive work, banned in the USA and in Soviet Union. Published by Rosset in New York, limited to 200 copies, and now very rare on the market. Read More

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Literary identity in Western Ukraine

Pavel LEONTOVICH and others

Lervak z nad Siana
£4,500

Pavel LEONTOVICH and others, Lervak z nad Siana, , 1852.
An extremely rare and fascinating book related to the national identity of Western Ukraine, through language and literature. Read More

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Important early book for Russian children - with a sewn translation label

KAMPE [CAMPE, Joachim Heinrich; and Aleksandr Semenovich SHISHKOV, translator]

Detskaia biblioteka, izdannaia na nemetskom iazyke gospodinom Kampe, a s onago perevedena g. ***
£3,950

KAMPE [CAMPE, Joachim Heinrich; and Aleksandr Semenovich SHISHKOV, translator], Detskaia biblioteka, izdannaia na nemetskom iazyke gospodinom Kampe, a s onago perevedena g. ***, , [c. 1799].
More than a translation, an original adaptation, dedicated to Princess Dahskova, the first woman head of an Academy of Sciences and first female member of the American Philosophical Society. A very rare early edition of this important book for Russian children - and a lovely example with a sewn translation label! Read More

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Chagall's first book and a landmark of Yiddish book illustration.

CHAGALL, Marc (artist) and Der NISTER [pseud. for Pinchus KAHANOVICH]

A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele
£22,500

CHAGALL, Marc (artist) and Der NISTER [pseud. for Pinchus KAHANOVICH], A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele, , 1917.
Chagall's first illustrated book, his only children book, and a landmark of Yiddish book illustration, published the year of the Russian revolution. Very rare, especially in this very good condition: about 5 other copies known. Read More

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The birth of Ukrainian literature

KOTLIAREVSKII, Ivan Petrovich

Virgillieva Eneida, na malorossiiskii iazyk prelozhennaia
£5,950

KOTLIAREVSKII, Ivan Petrovich, Virgillieva Eneida, na malorossiiskii iazyk prelozhennaia, , 1809.
The first literary work wholly written in modern Ukrainian: a important edition of the main book written by "the father of modern Ukrainian literature" (Encycl. Britannica). This is the first edition authorised by the author and the first to include 4 parts, with a dictionnary of more than 1000 Ukrainian words. A very rare book: only two copies in WorldCat and no copy traced outside Russia and Ukraine in recent decades. Read More

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An exceptional, large-paper example

KRUSENSTERN, Ivan Fedorovich [KRUZENSHTERN]

Wörter-Sammlungen aus den Sprachen einiger Völker des östlichen Asiens und der Nordwest-Küste von Amerika
£13,500

KRUSENSTERN, Ivan Fedorovich [KRUZENSHTERN], Wörter-Sammlungen aus den Sprachen einiger Völker des östlichen Asiens und der Nordwest-Küste von Amerika, , 1813.
First edition of Kruzenshtern's important study of North Pacific languages, in a superb, very unusual example: very crisp, uncut, in plain temporary wrappers and printed on thicker woven paper. We were unable to trace other such large-paper copies. A rare book on the market: only two copies at auction. Read More

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18th-c. Russian explained in French and German

NORDSTET, Ivan

Rossiiskii, s nemetskim i frantsuzskim perevodami, slovar
£1,000

NORDSTET, Ivan, Rossiiskii, s nemetskim i frantsuzskim perevodami, slovar, , 1780 i 1782.
A thick and uncommon dictionary explaning in German and French the Russian language used during Catherine the Great. A very good copy in contemporary binding. Read More

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First Pushkin in Europe, inscribed

[PUSHKIN] – DUPRÉ DE SAINT-MAURE, Jean-Pierre-Émile (editor)

Anthologie russe, suivie de poésies originales
£2,500

[PUSHKIN] - DUPRÉ DE SAINT-MAURE, Jean-Pierre-Émile (editor), Anthologie russe, suivie de poésies originales, , 1823.
A great work: the first European publication of Russia's greatest poet, and the first French anthology of Russian poetry. A fresh example of the first edition, inscribed by the author Read More

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For the 1730s Baltic traders

[BALTIC TRADE]

Morskii poshlinnyi reglament ili ustav […] Neues See-Zoll-Reglement […][BOUND WITH:]Lateinisch-Rußisch und Teutsches Vocabularium. Latino-rossiiskaia i nemetskaia slovesnaia kniga. [BOUND WITH:]Poshlinnoi Tarif […]. Zoll-Tarif […]

[BALTIC TRADE], Morskii poshlinnyi reglament ili ustav […] Neues See-Zoll-Reglement […][BOUND WITH:]Lateinisch-Rußisch und Teutsches Vocabularium. Latino-rossiiskaia i nemetskaia slovesnaia kniga. [BOUND WITH:]Poshlinnoi Tarif […]. Zoll-Tarif […], , 1731 and 1732.
An exceptional sammelband for Russo-German sea trade under the Germanophile Tsarina Anna Ivanovna, containing three rare and early Russian publications: the first bilingual editions of the new duty statute and of the customs tariff, together with a trilingual dictionary. A lovely, fresh example in contemporary binding. 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, , 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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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, , 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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