29 November 2007
ADMINISTRATION -- Ocherk Istorii Ministerstva Inostrannykh Del 1802-1902. [Survey of the History of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1802-1902]. St. Petersburg: Golike & Vil'borg, 1902. 4° (358 x 262mm). Half title. 27 plates, some on China paper, some with tissue guards, vignettes throughout. (Some leaves coming loose.) Original printed wrappers (heavily worn, covers detached). Provenance: Paul M. Fekula.
FIRST EDITION. The Fekula Copy. Commemorative volume printed on the centenary of the creation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering the major events in Russian foreign policy from the earliest recorded up to the nineteenth century. Fekula 2723 (this copy).
Departament Okladnykh Sborov 1863-1913. [The Department of Tax Collection 1863-1913]. St. Petersburg: Soikin, 1913. 4° (290 x 215mm). 22 plates with tissue guards, 11 diagrams, some coloured, one folding, engraved headpiece within gilt frame. (Occasional offsetting of plates and diagrams.) Contemporary blind-stamped morocco, white moiré paper doublures (extremities rubbed). Provenance: Unidentified contemporary booklabel -- Sovet Ministrov (stamp) -- 'Printed in Russia' (stamp) -- Paul M. Fekula.
FIRST EDITION. A detailed review of the first 50 years of the Tax Collection department, founded under Alexander II. Includes yearly records of taxes collected, by region. Fekula 2339 (this copy). (2)
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In conversation with the Korean-American artist, whose recent painting The Evolution of Perception will be offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 November
As this 1,000-year-old Ru tea bowl comes to auction in Hong Kong, we look at the evolution of the grey-green ware from Yue to Yaozhou to Ru