29 November 2007
DOLGORUKOV, Ivan Mikhailovich, Prince (1764-1823). Kapishche Moego Serdtsa ili slovar; vsekh tekh lits, s koimi ia byl v raznykh otnosheniiakh v techenii moei zhizni. [The Temple of My Heart]. Moscow: University Press, 1874.
4° (243 x 165mm). (Occasional light browning in the margins, occasional light spotting.) Contemporary half-calf, Lobanov-Rostovskii's crowned cipher in gilt on the spine (joints starting, spine heavily worn). Provenance: Prince Aleksei Borisovich Lobanov-Rostovskii (bookplate, binding) -- Nicholas II (bookplate) -- 'Printed in Russia' (small title-stamp) -- Paul M. Fekula.
NICHOLAS II'S COPY, with his bookplate, earlier in the collection of Prince Lobanov-Rostovskii. Mirsky called The Temple of My Heart 'a good example of pure colloquial Russian, uncontaminated by foreign influence or literary fashion'. Fekula 4620 (this copy); Mirsky, A History of Russian Literature (1949), pp. 65-6.
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