29 November 2007
DEMIDOV, Nikita Akinfievich (1724-1789). Zhurnal Puteshestviia... po inostrannym gosudarstvam. [Journal of Travels in Foreign Lands]. Moscow: F. Gippius, 1786.
4° (248 x 200mm). Engraved headpiece. (Lacking the engraved portrait, light marginal spotting, occasional light soiling.) Contemporary mottled calf, flat spine tooled in blind, green morocco spine-label, marbled endpapers (scuffed, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Nizhnetagil'skaia Library (blind stamps) -- Anatole de Demidoff (San Donato Library stamps) -- Paul Pavlovich Demidov (crowned cipher; by descent to:) -- HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.
FIRST EDITION. THE DEMIDOV COPY, in its first binding with the stamps of the libraries at Nizhnii Tagil, and San Donato, and with Paul Demidov's stamped crowned cipher. Nikita Akinfievich was the first of the Demidovs to actively patronise the arts and sciences, and corresponded with Voltaire and Diderot. Nikita and his brother had founded the town of Nizhnii Tagil a few years earlier as the centre of their planned empire of ore and mineral processing. RARE: in North America WorldCat locates copies only at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the New York Public Library. Sopikov 4106; SK 1756.
DEMIDOV, Nikita Akinfievich -- 19th-century manuscript translation into French with numerous emendations of Zhurnal Puteshestviia, 320 pages, 4to (330 x 210mm), (occasional light soiling), bound in mid-nineteenth century purple half goat (extremities rubbed). Provenance: Anatole de Demidoff (San Donato Library stamps) -- Paul Pavlovich Demidov (crowned cipher; by descent to:) -- HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.
FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE DEMIDOVS. An apparently unpublished translation of Nikita Akinfievich, probably commissioned by, or possibly in the hand of one of his descendents. For other Demidov family copies see lots 75-78. (2)
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