29 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 2,750
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
IL'INSKII, Nikolai Stepanovich (1759-1846). Opisanie Zhizni i Bezsmertnago Rodviga Koz'my Minina. [Description of the Life and Immortal Achievements of the Famous Merchant Minin]. St. Petersburg: Government Administration, 1799.
8° (175 x 100mm). With 2 leaves of ads. (Occasional loss in margins, sometimes affecting a few letters, a few tears, occasional spotting.) Contemporary blue papered boards (rubbed and scuffed, spine head chipped). Provenance: a contemporary reader (signature on rear blank) -- Aleksandr Smirdin (bookplates) -- Rossica (bookplate) -- Paul M. Fekula.
FIRST EDITION. THE SMIRDIN--FEKULA COPY, with both the early and late Smirdin bookplates, and in the original binding. Minin raised an army, commanded by Prince Pozharskii, and with the Cossak leader Prince Trubetskoi drove the Poles from Moscow. He governed the city until Michael Romanov's election in 1613, and remained influential until his death in 1616. Fekula 1833 (this copy); SK 2496; Smirdin 1906 (this copy); cf. Sopikov 7560.
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