• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 276

    ATKINSON, John Augustus and James WALKER. A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of The Russians, in One Hundred Coloured Plates. London: by W. Bulmer for Boydell, Alici of St. Petersburg, and others, 1803-04. 3 vols in 1, folio (439x285mm). Will all titles. 100 hand-coloured aquatints. (Occasional light soiling, occasional light offsetting from the plates, occasional light scattered spotting.) 19th-century half calf, red morocco label on the spine (extremities worn, some surface loss at the corners, sides scuffed). Provenance: A.F. Cooke (signature on endpapers).

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    ATKINSON, John Augustus and James WALKER. A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of The Russians, in One Hundred Coloured Plates. London: by W. Bulmer for Boydell, Alici of St. Petersburg, and others, 1803-04. 3 vols in 1, folio (439x285mm). Will all titles. 100 hand-coloured aquatints. (Occasional light soiling, occasional light offsetting from the plates, occasional light scattered spotting.) 19th-century half calf, red morocco label on the spine (extremities worn, some surface loss at the corners, sides scuffed). Provenance: A.F. Cooke (signature on endpapers).

    FIRST EDITION. 'This work, which was the first in English to give an accurate representation in both text and illustrations of the manners and customs of the ordinary Russian people, demonstrated Atkinson's lively draughtsmanship and the width of his observations' (DNB). Abbey Travel 223; Lipperheide Kaa 21; Colas 171; Tooley 72.


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