29 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,750
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
ARAPOV, Pimen Nikolaevich (1796-1861). Dramaticheskii Al'bom s portretami Russkikh artistov. [Dramatic Album with Portraits of Russian Artists]. Moscow: V. Got'e, 1850.
2 parts in 1 vol., 4° (271 x 195mm). 5 leaves of lithographed manuscript, 3 lithographed titles, 21 lithographed portraits on 19 plates, printed on india paper and mounted on card with printed captions. (Spotting throughout, some plates with marginal dampstain.) Nineteenth-century green half-cloth and marbled boards (extremities rubbed, one edge with a short tear, some gatherings splitting). Provenance: 'A.Z.' (monogram on spine foot) -- Russian bookseller (printed ticket and small stamp).
FIRST EDITION of this mid-century survey of Russian theatre by one of the key authors in the field, with portraits of actors, authors, and notables engraved by Bil'gel'm and lithographed by Avgust Roppol't after various artists. Smirnov-Sokol'skii, Moia biblioteka, n.1699 (noting 23 portraits, although the index only calls for 21).
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