POLAND -- Dnevnik Zakonov. T.62. [Diary of Laws. Vol. 62.] Warsaw: Rzadowej, 1864.
POLAND -- Dnevnik Zakonov. T.62. [Diary of Laws. Vol. 62.] Warsaw: Rzadowej, 1864.

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POLAND -- Dnevnik Zakonov. T.62. [Diary of Laws. Vol. 62.] Warsaw: Rzadowej, 1864.

8° (230 x 140mm). Bilingual text, Russian and Polish on facing pages. Contemporary green velvet, covers with gilt border, upper cover centred with the imperial eagle, white moiré silk doublures, edges gilt (spine lightly rubbed). Provenance: ?Alexander II of Russia (binding, ?Hermitage pressmark) -- 'Printed in Russia' (small stamp on front endpaper) -- Paul M. Fekula.

PROBABLY ALEXANDER II'S COPY, bound in green velvet blocked with the imperial eagle, and with white moiré silk endpapers; later in the Fekula collection. Alexander's edict is dated March 1864, towards the end of the major Polish uprising which had begun in January the previous year, and was issued in response to these events. Alexander later banned the use of written Polish from all provinces, while spoken Polish was officially tolerated only in the Congress Kingdom. Fekula 1645 (this copy).
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