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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In black cloth with silver eagle

[ROMANOV, Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich] – FREDERIKS, V.B. Baron

Vysochaishe utverzhdennyi tseremonial perevezeniia tela [...] Velikogo Kniazia Mikhaila Nikolaevicha iz g. Kann[...].Cérémonial [...] pour la translation de la dépouille mortelle [du] Grand-Duc Feldmaréchal Michel Nikolaévitch de Cannes à St-Pétersbourg
£1,750

[ROMANOV, Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich] - FREDERIKS, V.B. Baron, Vysochaishe utverzhdennyi tseremonial perevezeniia tela [...] Velikogo Kniazia Mikhaila Nikolaevicha iz g. Kann[...].Cérémonial [...] pour la translation de la dépouille mortelle [du] Grand-Duc Feldmaréchal Michel Nikolaévitch de Cannes à St-Pétersbourg, , 1909.
Unusual funeral ceremonial for the transportation of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich's corpse from Cannes to St. Petersburg. A fine association copy. Read More

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A Black Sea youth

AKHMATOVA, Anna

U samogo moria
£850

AKHMATOVA, Anna, U samogo moria, Skt. Peterburg, 1921.
A fine example of the first edition of this important autobiographical poem by one of the best Russian poets, and a victim of Soviet censorship. 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. ***, Skt. Peterburg, [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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Published by the first Russian woman theatre director

[BEARDSLEY] – Nikolai Nikolaevich EVREINOV

Berdslei
£1,750

[BEARDSLEY] - Nikolai Nikolaevich EVREINOV, Berdslei, Skt. Peterburg, 1912.
First edition of the first Russian book on Beardsley, richly illustrated and published by the first female theatrical director in Russia. A rare publication in Western institutions. Read More

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A Grand Duke's copy of the first study of ancient Russian jewellery, finely illustrated

KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich

Russkie klady. Issledovaniie drevnostei velikokniazheskogo perioda
£6,500

KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich, Russkie klady. Issledovaniie drevnostei velikokniazheskogo perioda, Skt. Peterburg, 1896.
Grand Duke Alexey's copy of the first scholarly work on ancient Russian jewelry: an excellent example of the first edition, finely illustrated. Read More

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Mathematics in the hands of the Empress

[VUIANOVSKII, Stefan]

Rukovodstvo k arifmetike dlia upotrebleniia v narodnykh uchilishchiakh
£4,950

[VUIANOVSKII, Stefan], Rukovodstvo k arifmetike dlia upotrebleniia v narodnykh uchilishchiakh, Skt. Peterburg, 1783.
Empress Mariia Fedorovna's copy of an important Russian textbook for arithmetic. First edition, in a lovely example finely bound in green silk with attractive endpapers. 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, Skt. Peterburg, 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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Dostoevsky's most political novel

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich

Besy
£16,500

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich, Besy, Skt. Peterburg, 1873.
Dostoevsky's most political novel: a very good example of the first edition, in contemporary Russian binding. 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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Fascinating statistics and maps regardings the Russian Jewish population

BLIOKH, Ivan Stanislavovich [also Jan Gotlib BLOCH]

Sravnenie materialnogo byta i nravstvennogo sostoianiia naseleniia v cherte osedlosti evreev i vne ee: tsifrovyia dannyia i izsledovaniia po otnosheniiu k evreiskomu voprosu

BLIOKH, Ivan Stanislavovich [also Jan Gotlib BLOCH], Sravnenie materialnogo byta i nravstvennogo sostoianiia naseleniia v cherte osedlosti evreev i vne ee: tsifrovyia dannyia i izsledovaniia po otnosheniiu k evreiskomu voprosu, Skt. Peterburg, 1889 or 1901].
The condition of the Jewish settlements in the Russian empire: a fascinating analysis -and defence- through a wealth of data and their visual representation. An exceptionally rare Russian book of statistics with a political angle. 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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Catherine the Great's business in the Black Sea and the Caucasus

[CATHERINE THE GREAT]

Traktat o torgovle mezhdu rossiiskoiu imperieiu i portoiu ottomanskoiu

[CATHERINE THE GREAT], Traktat o torgovle mezhdu rossiiskoiu imperieiu i portoiu ottomanskoiu, Skt. Peterburg, 1783.
Uncommon treatise between Catherine's Russia and the Ottoman Empire, and inbetween two Russo-Turkish wars of the 18th century. Read More

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Poe as French surgeon!

POE, Edgar Allan, and OUYDA [pseud. for Maria Louise RAME]

Izbrannye Razskazy [i] Dozhdlivyy Iyun

POE, Edgar Allan, and OUYDA [pseud. for Maria Louise RAME], Izbrannye Razskazy [i] Dozhdlivyy Iyun, Skt. Peterburg, 1912.
Very rare Poe curiosity, showing on the cover a portrait of....somebody completely different! Together with a short story by a female author. Read More

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Superstitions from Moscovia to the Pacific

CHULKOV, Mikhail Dmitrievich

Slovar Russkikh sueverii

CHULKOV, Mikhail Dmitrievich, Slovar Russkikh sueverii, Skt. Peterburg, 1782.
An important and very rare work on superstitions and beliefs of the peoples of the Russian empire under Catherine the Great. With captivating paragraphs and descriptions. An attractive example of the first edition. Read More

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Fables in innovative small format

KRYLOV, Ivan Andreevich

Basni...v vosmi knigakh

KRYLOV, Ivan Andreevich, Basni...v vosmi knigakh, Skt. Peterburg, 1835.
Famous edition of the best Russian fabulist, and probably the first small-format book in Russia. A lovely example in full green morocco. Read More

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Forbidden texts with provenance marks

MIKHAILOV, Kozma Afanasievich and other authors

[A Sammelband of Five Manuscript Works]

MIKHAILOV, Kozma Afanasievich and other authors, [A Sammelband of Five Manuscript Works], Skt. Peterburg, [c. 1782-1815].
Very rare manuscript collection of theological and philosophical texts, including some forbidden by Catherine the Great's government in the 1780s. Very well preserved in its contemporary binding. With a poem authored most likely by the compiler of the manuscript and dedicated to the opening of the bronze horseman, the celebrated monument to Peter the Great inaugurated by Catherine in St. Petersburg. Read More

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An innovative, purely visual teaching method

IAZVINSKII, Aleksandr [actually Anton] Feliksovich

Sinkhronicheskiie tablitsy vseobshchei istorii, ukrashennyie 1500 portretami, sniatymi s medalei, sluzhashchiie k Khronograficheskomu atlasu A. Iazvinskogo

IAZVINSKII, Aleksandr [actually Anton] Feliksovich, Sinkhronicheskiie tablitsy vseobshchei istorii, ukrashennyie 1500 portretami, sniatymi s medalei, sluzhashchiie k Khronograficheskomu atlasu A. Iazvinskogo, Skt. Peterburg, 1840.
Very rare 'atlas' teaching world history without words, purely with images and visual memory: a very innovative teaching method in 19th-c. Russia, Poland, and Europe. Read More

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