Possibly Russia's greatest poetess - in the original velvet

TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna

Volshebnyi fonar. Vtoraia kniga stikhov
£19,500

TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna, Volshebnyi fonar. Vtoraia kniga stikhov, Moskva, 1912.
RARE FIRST EDITION OF Tsvetaeva's SECOND BOOK OF POETRY, CONTAINING TWO OF the MOST FAMOUS POEMS of the Russian writer. One of only 500 copies; an attractive example with the fragile original velvet binding unrestored. 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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A great Russian Napoleonica, complete in original wrappers

BOZHOVSKII, Vasliii Konstantinovich

Vystavka 1812 goda: illiustrirovanoe izdanie
£2,850

BOZHOVSKII, Vasliii Konstantinovich, Vystavka 1812 goda: illiustrirovanoe izdanie, Moskva, 1913.
The impressive, thick and richly illustrated catalogue of the centenary exhibition celebrating the Patriotic War against Napoleon. Very rare in wrappers, complete with all plates. Read More

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Very rare ABC by an artist of the Moscow Darwin Museum

VATAGIN, Vasilii Alekseevich

Azbuka v kartinkakh
£2,250

VATAGIN, Vasilii Alekseevich, Azbuka v kartinkakh, Moskva, 1926.
Charming early Soviet ABC by a noted artist of natural history, in excellent condition and very rare: we could trace only one copy at auction (in Russia) and one in a public library (in Russia too). Read More

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Fantastic association copy in striking binding

ESENIN, Sergei, with Boris PASTERNAK, Andrei BELII et al

Iav. Stikhi
£9,500

ESENIN, Sergei, with Boris PASTERNAK, Andrei BELII et al, Iav. Stikhi, Moskva, 1919.
Exceptional association copy of these scandalous Russian imaginist poems, extensively inscribed by three co-authors – including Esenin - to a fourth one, Alexander Olenin. With Aristarkh Lentulov's striking cover bound in a very unusual cloth-and-wicker binding of the time. One of the best, if not the best example of this famous book of Russian poetry. 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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With beautifully rich plates

MITROKHIN, Dmitrii (artist) and V. GAUF [HAUFF]

Korabl-prizrak
£695

MITROKHIN, Dmitrii (artist) and V. GAUF [HAUFF], Korabl-prizrak, Moskva, 1913.
Mitrokhin's skills and versatility in full display in this title from Knebel's praised Gift Series, with superbly detailed and colourful illustrations. Read More

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Striking full-page lithographs with gold highlights

[BIBLE, Slavonic] –

Kniga Apokalipsis [...]. Sviatago Andreia Arkhiepiskopa Kesariia Kapadokiiskago skazanie Apokalipsi sviatago Apostala Evangelista Ioanna Bogoslova sokrovennyh otkrovenie

[BIBLE, Slavonic] -, Kniga Apokalipsis [...]. Sviatago Andreia Arkhiepiskopa Kesariia Kapadokiiskago skazanie Apokalipsi sviatago Apostala Evangelista Ioanna Bogoslova sokrovennyh otkrovenie, Moskva, 7418 (i.e. 1909).
A luxury production of the Old Believers' printing press, with gold highlights, very much imitating their richly illustrated manuscripts. 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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OPTICAL THEATRE IN 1830s MOSCOW

MISHO, Genrikh

Mekhanicheskii Teatr Sveta. Obiavlenie

MISHO, Genrikh, Mekhanicheskii Teatr Sveta. Obiavlenie, Moskva, 1833.
Rare broadside for series of entertainments in Moscow, including an optical theatre of animated figures by a versatile performer and craftsman. Read More

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OPTICAL THEATRE IN 1830s MOSCOW

KUPARENKO, Iordakii

Kinetozograficheskie vidy. Obiavlenie

KUPARENKO, Iordakii, Kinetozograficheskie vidy. Obiavlenie, Moskva, 1834.
Rare broadside for an impressive Russian kinetozographic theatre of 400 animated figures in Pushkin's Moscow, by a hot-air balloon enthusiast now in the Guinness World Records. Read More

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Now extinct dogs fighting in 1830s Moscow

[BAITING DOGS]

Obiavlenie

[BAITING DOGS], Obiavlenie, Moskva, 1833.
Two consecutive illustrated Russia broadsides announcing different rounds of large wild animal baiting in Pushkin's 1830s Moscow, involving the now-extinct Medelyan dogs. 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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An English best-seller in 18th-c. Russia

HERVEY, James, and Elizaveta NILOVA (transl.)

Nadgrobnyia razmyshlenia

HERVEY, James, and Elizaveta NILOVA (transl.), Nadgrobnyia razmyshlenia, Moskva, 1782.
First Russian edition of an English 'graveyard' literary work: by a female translator, dedicated to a woman, and later confiscated by Catherine the Great. Very rare. Read More

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