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    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 63

    ARUTIUNOV, F. Gombortsy. Istoriia 1-go Kavkazskago Strelkovago ego Imperatorskago Vysochestva Velikago Kniazia Mikhaila Nikolaevicha Bataliona. [Gombortsy. A History of His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich's First Caucasian Rifle Battalion]. St. Petersburg: I. Vyshinskii, 1898.

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    ARUTIUNOV, F. Gombortsy. Istoriia 1-go Kavkazskago Strelkovago ego Imperatorskago Vysochestva Velikago Kniazia Mikhaila Nikolaevicha Bataliona. [Gombortsy. A History of His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich's First Caucasian Rifle Battalion]. St. Petersburg: I. Vyshinskii, 1898.

    8° (260 x 170mm). 7 full-page lithographs, some with tissue-guards. Two folding maps. (Light browning, some marginal spotting, a few short marginal tears, some tears to margins and folds of maps.) Contemporary blue half-cloth by M.D. Lomkovskii (extremities rubbed). Provenance: A. Sarandinaki (bookplate) -- traces of previous bookplates.

    FIRST EDITION. The Sarandinaki copy. A history of the Battalion, formed in 1837, named after 'Uncle Mikhi': the youngest son of Nicholas I. Mikhail Nikolaevich was Governor-General of the Caucasus for twenty years and head of the Caucasian army. Chechnia, Dagestan and the Western Caucasus became part of the Russian Empire under his leadership. Grand Duke Mikhail also oversaw the Caucasian theatre of war during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78, in which this battalion played a role in several battles and campaigns. The two maps show the Western and Eastern Caucasus. Lyons 967.


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