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    Sale 7551

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    27 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 9

    LE CLERC, Nicolas Gabriel (1726-1798). Atlas for Histoire physique, morale, civile et politique de la Russie. Paris and Versailles: Froullé and Blaizot, [1783-1794].

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    LE CLERC, Nicolas Gabriel (1726-1798). Atlas for Histoire physique, morale, civile et politique de la Russie. Paris and Versailles: Froullé and Blaizot, [1783-1794].

    2° (520 x 340mm). Folding map of Russia and 38 engraved plates, maps and plans after Lespinasse, Pauquet and others, including a large folding plan of St. Petersburg and 16 views (with two plates numbered 6, 10, and 28, but without plates numbered 3, 19, and 25), and 17 letterpress tables. (Occasional light marginal soiling and staining, some folding plates with short tears near the folds.) Contemporary quarter calf, red morocco label on the spine (spine-foot chipped, extremities rubbed, lower joint starting near spine-head). Provenance: 'K.N.' (grand-ducal book label printed in red; bookplates removed); pressmarks on endpaper and spine head.

    FIRST EDITION. A COPY WITH NOBLE PROVENANCE: the bookplate showing the cypher 'K.N.' surmounted by a grand-ducal crown. The atlas volume for Le Clerc's great work is particularly notable for its fine panoramic views of towns and palaces by Auvray, Fessard, Niquet and Née after Louis-Nicolas de Lespinasse (1734-1808). Here the atlas is bound in large folio format, with the over-sized panoramic plates folded just once. Brunet III, 916; Cohen-de Ricci 613; Russia Engages the World, pp. 54, 57.


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