The failed revolt - very rare


Donesenie Varshavskogo komiteta

[Report of the Warsaw Investigation Committee]

Publication: [Warsaw or St. Petersburg: probably at the Press of His Imperial Majesty's General Staff], 1826.

[DECEMBRISTS], Donesenie Varshavskogo komiteta

Very rare first edition of this important report on the Decembrists’ revoltof the end of 1825. A lovely copy with contemporary provenance. Only one example traced outside Russia.

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First edition of this report published in the aftermath of the Decembrist uprising of 1825.

Following the famous revolt of 14 December 1825, two committees were formed by the Tsar to investigate and name the culprits. The first is the St. Petersburg committee, created on 17 December under the presidency of the War Minister Tatishchev.

A second committee was formed on 7 February 1826 in Warsaw by Konstantin Pavlovich, Nicholas I’s brother, and included 5 Russians and 5 important Poles such as Counts Zamoyskiy and Grabovskiy (head and member of the Senate). ‘This trust will quiet critics and stop rumours’ wrote Konstantin to Nicholas on 9 February. This work is the conclusions of the ‘Warsaw committee’ discussing the history of the formation of the Decembrist conspiracy; they emphasise the role of two agitated cities: Warsaw and Kiev.

With contemporary provenance: This copy comes from the library of Nicolas Sabloukoff (1776-1848) and his wife Juliana Angerstein. Sabloukoff was a Major-General serving in the Russian Imperial Guard and a favourite of Paul I. After marrying the daughter of Edouard Angerstein he settled in England but returned to Russia to fight in the Patriotic war. Sabloukoff subsequently came back to England, where he wrote memoires about the reign of Paul I.

Very rare: WorldCat locates no copy in any public institution outside Russia, but we could find one in the British Library.


J. and N. Sabloukoff (Exlibris); Lev Petrovich Sadkovskii (blindstamp); L.M. Ivanov (signature dated 31 January 1910).

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Physical Description

Octavo (20.7 x 13.3 cm). 74 pp. including title.


Hardcover with marble boards.


Corners bumped, fly leaf and title page lack top left corners.; signed in Russian on the fly leaf “31 December 1910 Leon Mikhail. Ivanovich”, signed on the title page, occasional spotting.

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