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ALEXANDER I -- RECHBERG, Charles de, and George Bernhard DEPPING. Les Peuples de la Russie, ou description des moeurs, usages et costumes des diverses nations de l'Empire de Russie. Paris: D. Colas, 1812-1813.
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ALEXANDER I -- RECHBERG, Charles de, and George Bernhard DEPPING. Les Peuples de la Russie, ou description des moeurs, usages et costumes des diverses nations de l'Empire de Russie. Paris: D. Colas, 1812-1813.

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ALEXANDER I -- RECHBERG, Charles de, and George Bernhard DEPPING. Les Peuples de la Russie, ou description des moeurs, usages et costumes des diverses nations de l'Empire de Russie. Paris: D. Colas, 1812-1813.

2 vols. in 3, folio (463 x 345mm). 94 hand-coloured aquatints (of 96, lacking plates 18 and 22, but with the 'Bath' plate), after designs by E. Karneev. (Occasional scattered spotting in text.) Contemporary Russian red morocco by Fauconnier, flat spines gilt in compartments, covers and turn-ins with gilt urn-and-scroll border, edges gilt (some hinges starting, light rubbing, one spine foot chipped). Provenance: Alexander I (stamp, partly visible under black light; binding) -- A.A. Popov (bookplate) -- Paul M. Fekula.

PROBABLY THE DEDICATION COPY FROM ALEXANDER I'S LIBRARY, WITH HAND-COLOURED PLATES AND IN A FINE RED MOROCCO BINDING BY FAUCONNIER, and with the rare 'Bath' plate by Karneev. The binding conforms to the style of Alexander I's library, and is similar to bindings exhibited in the Hermitage's Catherine the Great exhibition of 1993. Alexander's bookplates have been removed but there remains evidence of an erased oval stamp with a crowned two-headed eagle similar to the Tsarskoe Selo stamp. The 'Bath' plate was deemed indecent at the time, and is missing from most copies. With Popov's fine bookplate, designed by Konstantin Somov. Brunet IV 582; Colas 2491; Fekula 3568 (this copy); Lipperheide 1348; Russica R 229. (3)
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