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    Sale 7551

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    27 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    SCHUMACHER, Johann Daniel. Palaty Sanktpeterburgskoi imperatorskoi Akademii nauyk Biblioteki i Kunstkamery kotorykh predstavleny plany, fasady i profili. [Chambers of the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Sciences Library and Gallery showing Plans, Facades and Profiles.] St. Petersburg: at the Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1741.

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    SCHUMACHER, Johann Daniel. Palaty Sanktpeterburgskoi imperatorskoi Akademii nauyk Biblioteki i Kunstkamery kotorykh predstavleny plany, fasady i profili. [Chambers of the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Sciences Library and Gallery showing Plans, Facades and Profiles.] St. Petersburg: at the Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1741.

    2° (522 x 363mm). Text in Russian and German. Engraved allegorical frontispiece by P.G. Mattarnov, after Bartolomeo Tarsia, and 12 double-page engravings by Polianov, Sokolov, Katchalov, Wortmann, and Mattarnov after Schumacher. (Light marginal soiling.) 19th century cloth, gilt labels on upper sides, one of these numbered '1853' and perhaps referring to when the work entered the collection (soiled, small losses on spine and lower edge). Provenance: 'K.N.' (small red book label).

    FIRST EDITION. THE VERY RARE FIRST PRINTING with the dedication to Anna Leopoldovna and with the frontispiece reading 'Petr I nachal, Anna sovershila' ('Peter I began, Anna accomplished'). Schumacher's book was published within a few weeks of the dramatic change of government in which Elizavet Petrovna seized power from Anna, regent of Russia during the infancy of her son Ivan VI. The frontispiece and dedication were both promptly changed as a result. This series of fine, large engravings show sections and perspectives of the Library and Gallery before the fire of 1747. Obol'ianinov 1981; Rossiiskaia Gosudarstvennaia Biblioteka 169; SK 5094; Sopikov 8040.


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