London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
BASHUTSKII, A.P. (ed.) Nashi Spisannye s Natury Russkimi. [Our Compatriots Portrayed from Life by Russians.] St. Petersburg: Isakov, 1841. 4° (260 x 180mm). Original frontispiece, 7 plates, and woodcuts throughout after Timm, Shchodrovskii and Shevchen. (Some spotting.) Publisher's original burgundy cloth, spine and upper side lettered in gilt, original illustrated front cover (spine lightly faded).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST RUSSIAN BOOK ILLUSTRATED BY TIMM. RARE. In the original binding and complete with the front wrapper, frontispiece and all plates. Vereshchagin notes that this richly illustrated work was instantly popular and became rare soon after publication. Burtsev 1033; Fekula 4522; Obol'ianinov 1700; Smirnov-Sokol'skii 514; Vengerov, Staraia Russkaia Kniga, 95; Vereshchagin 570.
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