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Antiquities of the Russian State - Drevnosti rossiiskago gosudarstva
Antiquities of the Russian State - Drevnosti rossiiskago gosudarstva

MOSCOW: A. SEMEN PRESS, 1849-1853

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Antiquities of the Russian State - Drevnosti rossiiskago gosudarstva
Moscow: A. Semen Press, 1849-1853
12 parts in 9 volumes, the atlas, 6 parts bound in 7 volumes, with general title, six volume titles and indexes, and 508 plates, mostly fine chromolithographs, a few tinted, after F.G. Solntsev. (Some light spotting, one or two leaves slightly heavier, a few with some light dust-soiling). Bound in later purple half moroccco, slightly rubbed and faded, head and foot of spines worn, folio, 20.7/8 x 15½in. (53 x 39.5cm.) The text, 6 parts in two volumes, similarly bound, 4to, 13¼ x 10in. (32.8 x 25.3cm.) (9)

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A very good copy of this monumental work on the antiquities and works of art of Russia, it covers icons and church artifacts, the tsars' personal belongings and clothes, arms and armour, costumes, domestic utensils and architectural monuments. The publication was authorised and financed by the Tsar Nicholas I, and was edited under the supervision of Count S.G. Stroganov, using the original illustrations of F.G. Solntsev, an artist as well as archaeologist. It is regarded as the best example of Russian lithography of the mid-19th century, and an invaluable reference source.
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