CATHERINE II, the Great. Uchrezhdeniia dlia upravleniia gubernii Vserossiiskiia imperii. [Establishment of the Administration of the provinces of the Empire]. [Moscow: Senate Press, 12 November 1775.] 4° (260 x 185mm). (Large dampstain throughout, soiling, wormholes, a few leaves worn in the margins and a few with paper flaws affecting a few letters.) Contemporary half-calf, heart-shaped paper label titled in manuscript on the upper side (worn and rubbed). Provenance: an early reader (inscription).
ONE OF THE KEY WORKS IN CATHERINE'S REFORM OF PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, promulgated in the aftermath of the Pugachev Uprising. The Empire was divided into provinces and districts on the basis of population statistics, and the allegiance of Nobles was shifted from the central to the local government. In these reforms she made many provisions for improving living standards in the provinces, for instance demanding that each provincial capital have a hospital, and that each county with more than 20,000 inhabitants should have a doctor, a surgeon, and assistants. Sopikov notes a number of issues dated 1775, this is probably the first, with the manifesto dated 12 November 1775. SK 7654; Sopikov 12342.
CATHERINE II, the Great. Ukazy sostoiavshiesia 1768 goda s Genvaria po 1769-i god. [Decrees made from January 1768 to 1769]. St. Petersburg: Senate Press, 1786. [And:] Ukazy sostoiavshiesia 1769 goda s Genvaria po 1780-i god. [Decrees made from January 1769 to 1770]. St. Petersburg: Senate Press, 1792. 2 works in 1 vol., 4° (248 x 192mm). Folding table in the second work. (Dampstains, light worming.) Contemporary half-calf, heart-shaped paper label titled in manuscript on the upper side, edges sprinkled blue (spine perished but sewing strong, worn and wormed).
FIRST EDITIONS. The edicts in these two works include the declaration of war against the Ottoman Empire; the announcement of Catherine's successful vaccination for smallpox and the ensuing celebrations; decrees improving the postal service, the founding of a new War Ministry and Court Council, and various others including regulations on the price of alcohol, and imports from France. SK 7490, 7491; Sopikov 12104, 12105. (2)