27 November 2008
KOTOSHIKHIN, Grigorii Karpovich (ca.1630-1667). O Rossii, v tsarstvovaniie Alekseia Mikhailovicha. [About Russia, during the Reign of Aleksei Mikhailovich ... second edition.] St. Petersburg: Eduard Prats, 1859.
4° (310 x 240mm). With the last 2 leaves of errata. 2 chomolithographed plates. (Rather spotted.) Original blue printed boards (rather soiled, spine worn). Provenance: V.Ia. Soiunin (booklabel). Provenance: Paul M. Fekula.
The Fekula copy, in the original boards. One of the few contemporary accounts of life in Russia, written by an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who was also a spy for Sweden, whither he fled via Lithuania in 1664. This text is based on the original manuscript examined in Upsala by Professor Solov'ev in 1837-38 and first published in 1840. See Burtsev 1312; Fekula 1678 (this copy).
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