4 June 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 800 - GBP 1,200
[VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de (1694-1778)]. Histoire de l'empire de Russie sous Pierre le Grand. [Geneva]: 1765.
2 volumes, 8° (194 x 110mm). 292 and 283pp. Engraved frontispiece in volume I. Medallion portrait on titles. Woodcut plan on C2v of volume II. Woodcut headpieces and culs-de-lampe. (Some browning and marginal soiling.) Contemporary crimson morocco gilt with owner's name 'Racine Demonville' on front covers, flat gilt spines with green morocco lettering-pieces and repeated fleurons, marbled endpapers, silk markers, gilt edges (light rubbing to extremities, one or two marks and tiny wormholes). Provenance: Racine Demonville (binding) -- [B. Quaritch (collation note at rear of vol. I)].
Finely-bound copy of Voltaire's popular History of Russia, first published in Geneva, 1759-63. Bengesco 1371. (2)
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