• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 279

    CALLIERES, François de (1645-1717). Kakim obrazom dogovarivat'sia s gosudariami. Ch. 1. [On the Manner of Negotiating with Sovereigns. Volume 1 only.] St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Science, 1772. 8° (183 x 120mm). (Small tears in the inside margin of the title.) Contemporary Russian half-calf (worn, front cover nearly detached, spine head chipped, corners rubbed). Provenance: indistinct early 19th-century title-signature.

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    CALLIERES, François de (1645-1717). Kakim obrazom dogovarivat'sia s gosudariami. Ch. 1. [On the Manner of Negotiating with Sovereigns. Volume 1 only.] St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Science, 1772. 8° (183 x 120mm). (Small tears in the inside margin of the title.) Contemporary Russian half-calf (worn, front cover nearly detached, spine head chipped, corners rubbed). Provenance: indistinct early 19th-century title-signature.

    FIRST EDITION IN RUSSIAN of Callières's influential treatise on diplomacy, based on his experience negotiating the Peace of Ryswick for Louis XIV. Thomas Jefferson had a copy of the work in his library at Monticello. Rare: one of only 205 copies printed. According to Smirdin the second volume was not published until 1783. Smirdin 2352; Sopikov 5007; SK 2756.


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