3 June 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 2,500
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
STASOV, Vladimir Vasilevich (1824-1906). Histoire du livre Les Emaux Byzantins [Istoriia Knigi Vizantiskiia Emali A.V. Zvenigorodskago.] St. Petersburg: [s.n.], 1898.
4° (300 x 205mm). Lithographed title printed in red and gold and 6 plates, 2 of these chromolithographs, all with the original printed tissue guards. Original white pictorial cloth, spine and sides blocked richly in gilt and black, edges gilt and decorated in red, original blue and gilt endpapers.
FIRST EDITION. One of 100 copies of the French-language edition, this one not numbered. A rare and finely produced history of one of the most beautiful Russian books of the 19th century: Kondakov's magisterial study of Zvenigorodskoi's spectacular collection of Byzantine enamels.
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