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    Sale 7472

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

    CALENDAR -- Kalendar ili Mesiatsoslov Istoricheskii na leto ot rozhdestva Gospoda nashego Iisusa Khrista 1729. [Calendar or Historical Almanac for the Year of Our Lord 1729]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1728.

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    CALENDAR -- Kalendar ili Mesiatsoslov Istoricheskii na leto ot rozhdestva Gospoda nashego Iisusa Khrista 1729. [Calendar or Historical Almanac for the Year of Our Lord 1729]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1728.

    8° (169 x 106mm). Folding table. Some text and diagrams in red. (Very occasional light spotting, some light marginal staining.) Later wrappers (spine worn, some light staining, edges fraying). Provenance: unidentified booklabel -- Diaghilev-Lifar (inscription; sold Sotheby's, Monaco, November 1975, lot 209).

    FIRST EDITION. THE DIAGHILEV-LIFAR COPY OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST CALENDARS. Compiled by Fridrikh Khristofor Maier, the mathematician and astronomer, who in the previous year had produced the first calendar officially published by the Academy of Sciences. This calendar includes a folding table of the times for sunrise and sunset and an engraving of a Zodiac Woman, showing the effects of the celestial bodies on the human body. There is also a nine page section 'On the land of Kamchatka', compiled with reference to the Dutch work by G.F. Miller Noord en oost Tartarye of 1705, amongst the earliest discussions of the region. See also lot 5. SK IV, 350.


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