29 November 2007
DIVINATION -- [KARZHAVIN, Fedor Vasil'evich (1745-1812).] Novoiavlennoi vedun povedaiuschchii Gadaniia Dukhov. [Newly Discovered Guide Elucidating the Divination of Souls]. St. Petersburg: Shnor, 1795.
8° (205 x 130mm). Tables. (Spotting, first and last leaves torn in the inside margin with small loss.) Contemporary wrappers (lacking spine, covers worn and detached). Provenance: Aleksandr Smirdin (bookplate) -- P.I. Krasheninnikov (bookplate, press-label) -- Diaghilev-Lifar (Lifar's inscription; sold Sotheby's Monaco, November 1975, lot 209).
FIRST EDITION. THE SMIRDIN -- KRASHENINNIKOV -- DIAGHILEV-LIFAR COPY. Karzhavin was a colourful enlightenment personality, writer, revolutionary, and abolitionist. He travelled extensively, particularly in America, in which context he is an important figure in early Russian-American relations. SK 2843; Smirdin 5519 (this copy); Sopikov 2718.
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