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    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    27 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    SURIREY DE SAINT-REMY, Pierre (1645-1716). Memorii ili Zapiski artilleriiskiia. V kotorykh opisany mortiry, petardy, doppelgakeny, mushkety, fuzei, i vse shto prinadlezhit ko vsem sim oruzhiiam. T. 2 [iz 2]. [Memoirs of Artillery. In which are described mortars, petards... and all that pertains to these weapons. Vol. 2 (of 2).] St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1733.

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    SURIREY DE SAINT-REMY, Pierre (1645-1716). Memorii ili Zapiski artilleriiskiia. V kotorykh opisany mortiry, petardy, doppelgakeny, mushkety, fuzei, i vse shto prinadlezhit ko vsem sim oruzhiiam. T. 2 [iz 2]. [Memoirs of Artillery. In which are described mortars, petards... and all that pertains to these weapons. Vol. 2 (of 2).] St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1733.

    1 vol. (of 2), 4to (264 x 193mm). 69 engraved plates (of 70, lacking pl. 190), many folding, engraved head- and tail-pieces, and 3 folding tables. (Some marginal soiling, tears in some plates.) Contemporary calf, sides and spine tooled in blind (spine ends chipped, extremities rubbed, scuffed). Provenance: I.J. von Sperreuter (title signature dated Wodalaga, 1740) -- Life Guards Cavalry Regiment (partially legible inscription on front blank dated 1744) -- Library of the Imperial Novorosiisk University (18th-century stamp) -- Russian bookseller (20th-century stamp on rear pastedown).

    First edition in Russian. Translated from the French at the command of Peter I by V.K. Trediakovskii. With engravings by Aleksei Rostovtsev, Ivan Miakishev, Ivan Konstantinov, Martyn Nesterov, Stepan Matveev and Nikifor Il'in, under the supervision of Pierre Picard. Memoirs of Artillery was one of the standard works on the subject, and often reprinted throughout the 18th-century. Sopikov 6203 ('rare'); SK 6429.


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