• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 309

    ST PETERSBURG -- SVIN'IN, Pavel Petrovich. Dostopamiatnosti Sanktpeterburga i ego okrestnostei. Ch. I-II. [Descriptions of the Monuments of St. Petersburg and its Environs. Vols 1-2.] St. Petersburg: V. Plavil'shchikov, 1816-17. 2 vols in 1, 4° (253 x 200mm). Bilingual text in Russian and French. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Alexander I, folding engraved map of St. Petersburg, and 11 engraved views. (Some spotting, occasional light soiling.) Contemporary Russian quarter sheep (front cover detached, extremities worn). Provenance: Martin Winkler (bookplate designed by Kravtschenko).

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    ST PETERSBURG -- SVIN'IN, Pavel Petrovich. Dostopamiatnosti Sanktpeterburga i ego okrestnostei. Ch. I-II. [Descriptions of the Monuments of St. Petersburg and its Environs. Vols 1-2.] St. Petersburg: V. Plavil'shchikov, 1816-17. 2 vols in 1, 4° (253 x 200mm). Bilingual text in Russian and French. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Alexander I, folding engraved map of St. Petersburg, and 11 engraved views. (Some spotting, occasional light soiling.) Contemporary Russian quarter sheep (front cover detached, extremities worn). Provenance: Martin Winkler (bookplate designed by Kravtschenko).

    FIRST EDITIONS. Complete will all engravings for these volumes, mostly by Galaktionov after Svin'in's own drawings. Two further volumes were later published. Rare: ABPC lists the Sementchenkoff copy as that most recently sold at auction (Christie's, 22 October 1987). Obol'ianinov 2415; Shibanov 8002 ('a great rarity with all the views').


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