27 November 2008
ALEXANDER II -- COURTOIS, Alfred de. Organisation sociale de la Russie. La Noblesse. La Bourgeoisie. Le Peuple. [Sotsial'naia organizatsiia Rossii. Dvorianstvo. Burzhuaziia. Prostoi narod.] Paris: Dentu, 1864.
8° (220 x 132mm). Contemporary dark green morocco, upper cover blocked in gilt with the Russian imperial eagle, lower cover blocked in gilt with the imperial crown, gilt inner dentelles, endpapers lined with green moiré, edges gilt. Provenance: Alfred de Courtois (gift inscription to:) -- Alexander II of Russia (bookplate, binding).
FIRST EDITION. FINELY BOUND FOR ALEXANDER II, WITH HIS BOOKPLATE, AND INSCRIBED TO HIM BY THE AUTHOR. A detailed study of the intricacies of the Russian class system, presented by the author to the man sitting at the system's apex. De Courtois's work takes-in Alexander II's recent reforms and the abolition of serfdom. Ivask I, fig. 5.
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