27 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,250
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
GABAEV, Georgii, Captain (1877-1956). Istoriia Leib Gvardii Sapernago Bataliona. Chast 1aia [vse napechatani]. [History of the Life Guards Sapper Battalion. Part I (all published)] St. Petersburg: 1912.
4° (331 x 249mm). Frontispiece, plates including some chromolithographs. Contemporary half leather with the original paper covers bound in. Provenance: G. Gabaev (presentation inscription dated 5 April 1913 to) -- Ia. A. ?Kazalas -- Boris P. Voinarskii (title stamps, binding) -- Eugene Mollo (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, and extra-illustrated with an additional chromolithographed portrait of Alexander I, inscribed in the mount 'dlia istorii L. Gv. Saperh. Bat. gr. akad. M. Rundal'tsov 1912g'. The Mollo copy; Eugene Mollo published several works on Russian military badges. RARE: WorldCat locates only one copy outside of Russia, at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Apparently not in Zaionchkovksii; Lyons 422.
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