Russia: Important Books and Manuscripts

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London

Date of the auction: 27.11.2019

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BIBLE, Slavonic. Biblia sirech knigi vetkhago i novago saveta. [Ostrog...

BIBLE, Slavonic. Biblia sirech knigi vetkhago i novago saveta. [Ostrog: Ivan Federov, 12 August] 1581. First edition of the Bible in Slavonic . A feat comparable to the Luther Bible in terms of its cultural import as well as linguistic normative effect, this rare landmark of Russian printing was

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Mineia Obshchaia. [General Menaion]. [Moscow: Andronik...

[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Mineia Obshchaia. [General Menaion]. [Moscow: Andronik Timofeev Nevezha?, 1600]. Rare first edition of this important Eastern Orthodox liturgical book, in Russian binding. The Menaion contained texts for the service or celebration of specific observances, saints or events, which

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Potrebnik Inocheskii. [Book of Prayers for Monks...

[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Potrebnik Inocheskii. [Book of Prayers for Monks]. [Moscow: Pechatnyi Dvor, 1639]. Monastic book of prayers, in a Russian binding. It was published in Moscow in 1639 by the Pechatnyi Dvor – the printing house where the first book in Cyrillic movable type was produced in 1564

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Ustav, sirech tserkovnoe oko. [The Order of the Church...

[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Ustav, sirech tserkovnoe oko. [The Order of the Church Rites]. [Moscow: Pechatnyi Dvor, 1641]. Rare edition of this major work on the order of liturgy, in a Russian binding. Derived from the Typikon of the Byzantine rite, the Ustav was first published by the Pechatnyi Dvor in

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Sbornik Kirillova kniga. [The Book of Saint Cyril...

[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. Sbornik Kirillova kniga. [The Book of Saint Cyril]. [Moscow: Pechatni Dvor, 1644]. First edition of this Orthodox theological work, in a Russian binding . Known as ‘book of Saint Cyril’ from the author of the opening texts, it was a compendium, compiled by the religious polemicist

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. [ Book of Hymns ], in Church Slavonic, on paper, 17th...

[CHURCH SLAVONIC]. [ Book of Hymns ], in Church Slavonic, on paper, 17th century. Manuscript book of hymns, in a Russian binding, a well-preserved instance of the copious production of the Old Believers in 17th-century Russia. Deeply averse to the use of print, they relied solely on manuscript hymn

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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GORCHAKOV, Dmitry Petrovich (1758-1824)]. Kalif na chas. [King for a Day...

GORCHAKOV, Dmitry Petrovich (1758-1824)]. Kalif na chas. [King for a Day]. Moscow: C. Klaudii, 1786. [Bound after:] [MARIVAUX, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de (1688-1763)]. Ostrov nevol’nikov. [The Island of Slaves]. [with:] [THEATRE] Dva pluta v Gishpanii. [Two Rogues in Spain]. Moscow: Ponomarev

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[KHEMNITSER, Ivan Ivanovich (1745-1784)]. Basni i skazki. [Fables and...

[KHEMNITSER, Ivan Ivanovich (1745-1784)]. Basni i skazki. [Fables and Stories]. St Petersburg: [Imperial Press], [1779]. Rare first edition of this collection of fables by Khemnitser, ‘the first Russian fabulist to sound an original note’ (Mirskii). The most eminent of Sumarokov’s followers and

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £9,000 - £12,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[KHEMNITSER, Ivan Ivanovich (1745-1784)]. Basni i skazki. [Fables and...

[KHEMNITSER, Ivan Ivanovich (1745-1784)]. Basni i skazki. [Fables and Stories]. St Petersburg: [I.K. Shnor], 1782. Rare second, enlarged edition of Khemnitser’s innovative fables, from the library of Prince S.M. Vorontsov. The first part includes the 33 fables of the 1779 edition, and the second

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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KNIAZHNIN, Iakov Borisovich (1740-1791). Sobranie sochinenii . [Collected...

KNIAZHNIN, Iakov Borisovich (1740-1791). Sobranie sochinenii . [Collected Works]. St Petersburg: [Mining College Press], 1787. First lifetime edition of the collected works by the ‘Russian Racine’. It gathers together his most successful plays, mostly tragedies, appreciated by Catherine the Great

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasilevich (1711-1765). Kratkoye rukovodstvo k...

LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasilevich (1711-1765). Kratkoye rukovodstvo k krasnorechiyu [A quick guide to eloquence]. St Petersburg: Imperatorskaya Akademia Nauk, 1748 [recte 1765]. First edition, the corrected issue which includes the author’s alterations, of Lomonosov’s enormously influential Rhetoric

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAGNITSKY, Leontii Filipovich (1669-1739). Arifmetika; Sirech nauka...

MAGNITSKY, Leontii Filipovich (1669-1739). Arifmetika; Sirech nauka chislitel'naia. [Arithmetic, called the computational science]. Moscow: Sinodal'na, 1703. First edition of one of the most famous books printed during the reign of Peter the Great, and the first guide to mathematics published in

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £20,000 - £25,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[STRAKHOV, Nikolai Ivanovich (1768-1843)]. Satiricheskii vestnik. [The...

[STRAKHOV, Nikolai Ivanovich (1768-1843)]. Satiricheskii vestnik. [The Satirical Bulletin]. Moscow: V. Okorokov at the University Press, 1790-92. Complete set of the first edition issues of this very popular literary journal, edited by the satirist N.I. Strakhov, of whom little is known. A parody of

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[PETER I, Tsar]. Simboly i emblemata ukazom i blagopovedenii imperatora...

[PETER I, Tsar]. Simboly i emblemata ukazom i blagopovedenii imperatora Petra Alekseevicha [Symbola et emblemata jussu atque auspiciis Petri Alexeidis]. Amsterdam: Henricus Wetstein, 1705. First edition of the earliest Russian emblem book, commissioned by tsar Peter I, the first pervasively

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £30,000 - £40,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[SUMAROKOV, Aleksandr Petrovich (1717-1777)]. Trudoliubivaia pchela. [The...

[SUMAROKOV, Aleksandr Petrovich (1717-1777)]. Trudoliubivaia pchela. [The Industrious Bee]. St Petersburg: [Imperial Academy of Science], 1759. Complete first edition series of the first private journal in Russia. After achieving fame thanks to his plays and love lyrics, very popular among the

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £9,000 - £12,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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SUMAROKOV, Aleksandr Petrovich (1717-1777). Pustynnik. [The Hermit]. St...

SUMAROKOV, Aleksandr Petrovich (1717-1777). Pustynnik. [The Hermit]. St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1769. [with] Iaropolk i Dimiza. [Iaropolk and Dimiza]. St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1768. [with] Vysheslav. [Vysheslav]. St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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SUMAROKOV, Aleksandr Petrovich (1717-1777). Raznyia stikhotvoreniia...

SUMAROKOV, Aleksandr Petrovich (1717-1777). Raznyia stikhotvoreniia. [Various Poems]. St Petersburg: [Imperial Academy of Science], 1769. Rare collected edition of poems by Sumarokov, ‘the first truly modern writer in the history of Russian literature’ (Terras). The author of plays and literary

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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CHARLEMAGNE, Adolf Iosifovich (1826 – 1901). Benefice d'Adieu de Madame...

CHARLEMAGNE, Adolf Iosifovich (1826 – 1901). Benefice d'Adieu de Madame Naptal. [St Petersburg: 16th February 1873]. Unique, exquisite silver and pictorial tribute in book form dedicated to actress Madame Naptal-Arnault , celebrating in 16 fine painted tableaux her iconic interpretations as a

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £30,000 - £40,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[CONCEPTUAL BOOK]. Sputnik ot Sanktpeterburga do Moskvy. Sputnik ot Moskvy...

[CONCEPTUAL BOOK]. Sputnik ot Sanktpeterburga do Moskvy. Sputnik ot Moskvy do Sanktpeterburga. Moscow: A. Semen, 1841. Rare first and only edition, of illustrious provenance, of this fascinating Russian guidebook, ‘the most conceptual book ever produced in Russia’ (Korneev). Of anonymous authorship

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[CORONATION. NICHOLAS II, Tsar (1868-1918)]. Svyashchennoe Venchanie na...

[CORONATION. NICHOLAS II, Tsar (1868-1918)]. Svyashchennoe Venchanie na Tsartsvo Gosudarya Imperatora Nikolaya II. [The Sacred Coronation of the Sovereign Emperor Nicholas II and the Sovereign Empress Alexandra Feodorovna]. [Moscow:] A.A. Levenson, 1896. [With:] Vsepresvetleishii Derzhavneishii

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £4,000 - £7,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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[DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881)]. Otechestvennyia zapiski. [Notes of the...

[DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881)]. Otechestvennyia zapiski. [Notes of the Fatherland]. St Petersburg: I. Glazunov, 1846. The first appearance in print, in serialised form, of Dostoevsky’s Dvoinik . Established in 1818, the journal Otechestvennyia zapiski had an irregular publishing history until

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Zapiski iz mertvago doma. [Memoirs from the...

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Zapiski iz mertvago doma. [Memoirs from the House of the Dead]. St. Petersburg: Iosafat Ogrizko, 1862. First complete edition of this early masterpiece by Dostoevsky, greatly appreciated by Tolstoy and which Lenin described as an 'unsurpassed work of Russian and world

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Prestuplenie i nakazanie. [Crime and...

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Prestuplenie i nakazanie. [Crime and Punishment]. St Petersburg: Bazunov, Prats and Veidenshtraukh, 1867. First edition of the author's most famous novel, 'the first of the truly great novels of his mature period' (Frank). Crime and Punishment was serialised the

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Polnoe sobranije sochinenij. [Complete...

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Polnoe sobranije sochinenij. [Complete works]. St Petersburg: A. Suvorin, 1885-1886. Second posthumous edition of the works of Dostoevsky, edited by A.G. Dostoevsky. 6 volumes (256 x 183mm). With portrait of the author and folding plate reproducing a Dostoevsky

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Polnoe sobranie sochinenij. [Complete...

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Polnoe sobranie sochinenij. [Complete Works]. [Vol. 3]. St Petersburg: Th. Stellovsky, 1866. The first edition of ‘The Gambler’, in vol. 3 of the second lifetime collection, ‘one of the most engaging, easily accessible and widely read’ of Dostoevsky’s novels (Frank

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £3,500 - £4,500

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Malen’kij geroj. [A Little Hero]. St...

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Malen’kij geroj. [A Little Hero]. St Petersburg: Th. Stellovsky, 1866. The rare first separate edition, with the original wrappers , of ‘the last of Dostoevsky’s pre-Siberian stories’ and ‘one of the brightest’ (Lantz). It was first published anonymously in 1857 in

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £700 - £900

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Skvernyj anekdot. [A Nasty Story]. St...

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Skvernyj anekdot. [A Nasty Story]. St Petersburg: Th. Stellovsky, 1866. A rare lifetime edition, with the original wrappers. First serialized in the journal Vremja in 1862, it anticipates ‘the makings of all subsequent images, paintings, ideas, artistic and logical

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £700 - £900

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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GOGOL, Nikolai Vasil'evich (1809-1852). Vechera na khutore bliz dikan'ki...

GOGOL, Nikolai Vasil'evich (1809-1852). Vechera na khutore bliz dikan'ki. Kn. 1-2 [Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. Books 1-2]. St Petersburg: at the Press of the Department of Public Education [vol. 1], and by A. Pliushar [vol.2], 1831-1832. Very rare first edition of Gogol's first masterpiece and

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £50,000 - £70,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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GOGOL, Nikolai Vasil’evich (1809-1852). Pokhozhdeniia Chichikova, ili...

GOGOL, Nikolai Vasil’evich (1809-1852). Pokhozhdeniia Chichikova, ili Mertvyia dushi. Poema. [The Adventures of Chichikov, or Dead Souls. A Poem]. Moscow: University Press, 1842. First edition. ‘One of the great novels of nineteenth-century Russia' (Fekula). This first part of Gogol's famous satire

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £2,000 - £4,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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GONCHAROV, Ivan Aleksandrovich (1812-1891). Obryv. Roman v pjati chastjakh...

GONCHAROV, Ivan Aleksandrovich (1812-1891). Obryv. Roman v pjati chastjakh. [The Precipice. A novel in five parts.] [In 2 parts]. St Petersburg: Press of the Maritime Ministry, 1870. First edition in book form of Goncharov’s last major work – the novel had appeared in instalments in Vestnik Evropy

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019