29 November 2007
CATHERINE II, the Great. Filosoficheskaia i Politicheskaia Perepiska Imperatritsy Ekateriny II s G. Volterom. S 1763 po 1778 god. [Empress Catherine II's Philosophical and Political Correspondence with Voltaire. From 1763 to 1778]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Press, 1802.
2 parts in 1 vol., 8° (202 x 125mm). Two engraved frontispieces. (Light mainly marginal spotting and staining, small hole at fore-edge of some leaves, not touching the text.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt, gilt fillet, red edges (spine cracked, sides scuffed, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Unidentified eighteenth-century stamp on the title-page.
FIRST EDITION. The celebrated correspondence between Catherine and Voltaire, which spanned fifteen years and was brought to an end only by Voltaire's death, after which Catherine bought Voltaire's library. RARE: WorldCat records only two copies of this St. Petersburg Imperial Press edition in North America, at Columbia University and the New York Public Library. See Sopikov 2579.
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