London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
KHERASKOV, Mikhail Matveevich (1733-1807). Rossiiada. Iroicheskaia Poema. [The Rossiad. A Heroic Poem.] [Moscow:] Imperial University, 1779. 4° (240 x 185mm). (Some dampstaining and soiling, mostly in the first few leaves, occasional spotting, a very few early small repairs.) Contemporary Russian mottled calf (spine ends chipped, joints starting, corners rubbed, remnants of spots of red seal wax on the endpapers). Provenance: Peter Zinov'ev (inscription dated 1795) -- a Russian reader (inscription dated 1850) -- Archive of the Museum of the Revolution (stamp) -- Russian booksellers (stamps).
FIRST EDITION. 'VERY RARE' (Bitovt). Kheraskov's Rossiad is one of the first and longest Russian epic poems, describing Ivan IV's victory over the Kazan Khanate -- a crucial event in Russian history commemorated by the construction of St. Basil's cathedral in Moscow. Bitovt 1944; Kilgour 506; SK 8024; Sopikov 8730.
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