Rouslane et Ludmile
[PUSHKIN] - Alexandre POUCHKINE, Véra STARKOFF (transl.) and Marie EGOROFF (artist), Rouslane et Ludmile, Paris, 1898.
The first complete poetic French translation of Pushkin's celebrated work. Strikingly illustrated by an original Russian female artist, and this copy inscribed by the translator: a politically-engaged playwright and one of the main figures of the feminist theatre movement in France. Rarely found, and only 500 copies printed. Read More
Iz ukrainskoi stariny. La Petite Russie d'autrefois
SAMOKISH, N.S. and S.I. VASILKOVSKII (artists), text by D.I. EVARNITSKII, Iz ukrainskoi stariny. La Petite Russie d'autrefois, Skt. Peterburg, 1900.
Beautiful portfolio showing 20 folio colour plates of Ukrainian Cossacks's scenes, costumes and heroes - with a vibrant text in Russian and French by an important Ukrainian scholar. Read More
Drawings of Napoleon's Imperial Guard AND Regiments of the Line
LAUDY, Lucien, Drawings of Napoleon's Imperial Guard AND Regiments of the Line, Waterloo, 1909-11].
More than 60 watercolours of Napoleonic uniforms, drawn by a Nopoleon fan who initiated a museum in the house where Napoleon stayed before the final battle of Waterloo. An historical object, finely bound. Read More
Les Costumes du peuple polonais suivis d'une description exacte de ses moeurs de ses usages et de ses habitudes. Ouvrage pittoresque
ZIENKOWICZ, Leon Józef, Les Costumes du peuple polonais suivis d'une description exacte de ses moeurs de ses usages et de ses habitudes. Ouvrage pittoresque, Leipzig, 1841.
Celebrated book on Polish (and Ukrainian, Lithuanian etc.) costumes, especially interesting for its political text and context, often overlooked. Plates with attractive hand-colour - a fine example of the first edition. Read More
Historical Sketch of Moscow illustrated by Twelve Views of different parts of that imperial city, the Kremlin, etc
ACKERMANN, Rudolph, Historical Sketch of Moscow illustrated by Twelve Views of different parts of that imperial city, the Kremlin, etc, London, 1813.
The first colour-plate book on Moscow: a lovely example, uncut in original publisher's boards, with the 12 plates in fine original hand-colour. Published in the wake of Napoleon's catastrophic Campagne de Russie. Read More
A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele
CHAGALL, Marc (artist) and Der NISTER [pseud. for Pinchus KAHANOVICH], A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele, Petrograd, 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
Geroi Smutnogo Vremeni
BELZEN, Ia. Ia. (artist), Geroi Smutnogo Vremeni, Berlin, 1921.
Very rare album of full-page satirical illustrations of the situation in Russia during the turbulent years of the Civil War. Published in Berlin in 1921, and particularly remarkbale for its even-handed swipe at all participants in the War. Only three copies traced in Western public institutions. Read More
Kitaiskie, manchzhurskie, mongolskie, iliiskie, koreiskie, iaponskie, aninanskie i neizvestnye monety, medali, assignatsii, menialnye bilety, zolotye i serebrianye slitki.
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
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
Zhitie Feodora Studita
BLINOV, Ivan Gavrilovich (scribe), Zhitie Feodora Studita, Russia, 7411 .
Beautiful illuminated manuscript produced by one of the best scribes of the early 20th-century Russia; very fresh and in its original binding. Read More
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
[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
Reysen durch die Marck Brandenburg, Preussen, Churland, Liefland, Peßcovien, Groß-Naugardien, Tweerien und Moskovien [ ] anbey Eine Seltsame und sehr Anmerckliche Beschreibung von Siberien [ ]
BRAND, Johann Arnold von, Reysen durch die Marck Brandenburg, Preussen, Churland, Liefland, Peßcovien, Groß-Naugardien, Tweerien und Moskovien [
] anbey Eine Seltsame und sehr Anmerckliche Beschreibung von Siberien [
], Duisburg, 1702.
A very rich and overlooked 17th-c. travel account, with quantity of original material on Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Siberia, including music and songs in the vernacular, as well as many engraved plates, especially on amber mining, sable hunting on ski and Easter celebrations in Moscow. A rare Rossica, especially in contemporary binding. Read More
Dessins sur les Danses de Vaslav Nijinsky
BARBIER, George and Francis de MIOMANDRE, Dessins sur les Danses de Vaslav Nijinsky, Paris, 1913.
Beautiful art-deco interpretations of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, seen here through the combined geniuses of Barbier and Nijinsky, in the early and most successful years of Diaghilev's entreprise. A rare book in such a lovely condition. Read More
Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe
AESOP, PHILELPHUS and others, Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe, Copenhagen, 1773.
Aesop's fables in red morocco with the arms of the Russian Empress: a fine imperial copy of this lovely edition, illustrated with 60 engraved plates. Read More
Apelsinnye korki. Stikhi dlia detei
CHEKHONIN, S. (artist) and M. MORAVSKAIA, Apelsinnye korki. Stikhi dlia detei, Berlin, 1921.
Scarce émigré edition illustrated by one of the most famous Russian book illustrators and designers of the early 20th century. With an attractive cover design. Read More