27 November 2008
KHERASKOV, Mikhail Matveevich (1733-1807). Bakhariiana, ili Neizvestnyi. Volshebnaia Povest, pocherpnutaia iz Russkikh skazok. [Bakhariana, or The Unknown. A Fantastic Tale Adapted from Russian Fairy Tales.] Moscow: Platon Beketov, 1803.
8° (229 x 138mm). With leaf of corrections. (Bound without the half-title, a few small repairs mainly in the margins, light dampstain.) Contemporary calf, flat spine gilt in blind, label (rebacked preserving the original spine, front endpaper renewed).
FIRST EDITION of this popular oriental tale by the greatest Russian poet in the age of Catherine II, known in his lifetime as 'the Russian Homer'. While Curator of Moscow University he greatly assisted Nikolai Novikov by leasing him the University Press for ten years. Kheraskov likewise supported the foundation of the Masons's seminaries of 1799 and 1782. Fekula 4821; Kilgour 508; Smirdin 6750; Sopikov 12445.
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