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    Sale 7472

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    NOVIKOV, Vasilii Vasil'evich (c.1767-c.1810). Teatr sudovedeniia ili chtenie dlia sudei i vsekh liubitelei iurisprudentsii, soderzhashchee dostoprimechatel'nye i liubopytnye sudebnye dela. [The Theatre of Legal Practice or Reading for Judges and all interested in Jurisprudence, containing noteworthy and curious legal cases]. Moscow: V. Okorokov, 1791.

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    NOVIKOV, Vasilii Vasil'evich (c.1767-c.1810). Teatr sudovedeniia ili chtenie dlia sudei i vsekh liubitelei iurisprudentsii, soderzhashchee dostoprimechatel'nye i liubopytnye sudebnye dela. [The Theatre of Legal Practice or Reading for Judges and all interested in Jurisprudence, containing noteworthy and curious legal cases]. Moscow: V. Okorokov, 1791.

    2 parts in 1 vol., 8° (192 x 114mm). With errata in part 2. Title vignettes and headpieces engraved by Reshetnikov. (Endpapers spotted, frontispiece lacking.) Contemporary Russian half-calf, brown marbled boards, flat spine with gilt Greek-key and floral tools, orange morocco label, (extremities rubbed, joints split, spine worn). Provenance: M.M. Zolotarev (bookplate) -- Paul M. Fekula.

    THE FIRST MOSCOW EDITION. THE FEKULA COPY. Through translations of records of foreign trials and two accounts of his own, Novikov here expresses comparatively progressive views on the necessity for uniformity and transparency in the legal process. In the sketch 'Criminals with a conscience' ('Usoveshchennye Prestupniki', vol. 2), he blames a murder committed for the sake of a barrel of butter on the ignorance and immorality of the peasants and advocates literacy as a way of preventing further such occurrences. RARE: WorldCat records only one copy in North America, at Harvard, a microfilm, and no copies of the St. Petersburg edition of 1790. Fekula 2717 (this copy); Obol'ianinov 1754; SK 4664; Sopikov 11752.


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